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Published on February 22nd, 2015 | by Michael J Smith

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Busch To Miss Daytona 500

Kyle Busch will miss the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 following a hard crash in the XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Busch was involved in a 10-car wreck on lap 110 that sent his car into the concrete wall inside of Turn 1.

Busch climbed from the car under his own power, but couldn’t stay on his feet.

Emergency responders put an air cast on his right leg before putting him onto a stretcher and then into the ambulance. He was transported to Halifax Medical Center for evaluation. He was awake and alert as the emergency responders tended to him.

Busch broke his right leg and his left foot in the crash. He underwent successful surgery Saturday night, but he will remain in the hospital for observation.

Daytona track president Joie Chitwood said:

The Daytona International Speedway did not live up to its responsibility today. We should have had SAFER barrier there. We’re going to fix that. We’re going to fix that right now.

Chitwood said that next week, the track would begin the process of having them installed.

Two-time Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton will pilot the no. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Daytona 500.

There is no timetable set for Busch’s return to action.

NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said:

We always have these conversations with the racetracks. The racetracks know that and work together with us on the SAFER barrier recommendations. We will accelerate those talks with the tracks. We want this sport to be as safe as possible, for not only our drivers but everyone who participates in this sport and the race fans as well.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.



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