Kurt Busch not cleared for Cup race at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Kurt Busch was not cleared by NASCAR’s medical employees to compete in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, and the 23XI Racing driver was changed by 19-year-old Ty Gibbs.

Busch, 43, who has hinted subsequent season will likely be his final driving in NASCAR, tweeted he suffered from “concussion-like signs” from successful suffered throughout Saturday’s qualifying session.

“The tests indicate that I’m nonetheless recovering,” Busch wrote.

Busch, who has made 776 profession Cup begins, is the 2004 sequence champion and is in his first season driving for a workforce co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin. His No. 45 Toyota spun on Saturday and slammed into NASCAR’s protecting safer obstacles.

23XI chosen Gibbs, grandson of Joe Gibbs Racing proprietor and former NFL coach Joe Gibbs, to make his first begin. Gibbs completed second in Saturday’s Xfinity Sequence race and is third within the sequence factors standings.

Ty Gibbs mentioned Sunday he needed to pull over on the facet of the freeway and gather his ideas when he received the decision Saturday to exchange Busch. Gibbs was already again in North Carolina and hopped on a racing simulator till 1 a.m. to get himself prepared for his debut.

Gibbs has eight wins in 36 profession Xfinity begins driving for a workforce owned by his grandfather.

“I am very grateful simply to come back into this entire factor,” he mentioned at his hauler. “I didn’t anticipate it in any respect. It means rather a lot. I’ll very disciplined in these conditions.” Gibbs additionally thanked Jordan for the chance — “I at all times appeared as much as him” — however had not talked to NASCAR’s most well-known workforce proprietor.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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