Kurt Busch will miss the start of the playoffs

Kurt Busch will miss the start of the playoffs

The absence of Kurt Busch in the NASCAR Cup Series continues to extend, since he will miss the start of the playoffs. In addition, he gives up his place in the playoffs.

Kurt Busch will not be at Darlington for the NASCAR Cup Series opener. The 2004 champion of the discipline, winner in Kansas last May gives up his place in the playoffs. As a result, before the start of the last race of the regular season, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. occupy the last two qualifying places. If they can no longer be joined in terms of points, the lower ranked of the two will not qualify for the playoffs in the event of a new winner.

No return to competition date has been announced for Kurt Busch, who has not been seen driving a NASCAR car since his accident at Pocono during qualifying. After Darlington, there will therefore be seven missed races. Ty Gibbs will continue to drive the #45 23XI Racing Toyota Camry.

 » I wanted and hoped to be able to come back to drive the #45 in the playoffs, but it’s still not the right time for me. Besides not being allowed to return to competition, I know I’m not ready to be back in the car. I respect NASCAR, my fellow drivers and the fans too much to take a playoff spot if I know I can’t compete for the championship this season. The decision wasn’t easy to make, but I know it’s the right thing to do. I will continue to take time to heal and strengthen myself as I prepare to be back in the car. » says Kurt Busch in a press release.

NASCAR has taken note of 23XI Racing’s decision to waive Kurt Busch for the playoffs, which means that two drivers will obtain their places in the playoffs at the end of the Daytona event.

Regarding the classification of owners, the Toyota n°45 remains qualified for the playoffs.

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