Kyle Busch transported to North Carolina hospital for more treatment
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch was released from a Daytona Beach, Fla., hospital Tuesday morning and was transported to a North Carolina hospital for further medical treatment.
Busch’s wife, Samantha, tweeted out a picture of her husband on a stretcher being loaded onto a plane. According to Bill Janitz of True Speed Communication, the driver is feeling well and in good spirits.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver suffered a compound fracture of the lower right leg and a mid-foot fracture in the left foot in an incident during Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Involved in a multi-car wreck with nine laps to go, Busch’s No. 54 Toyota struck a concrete wall at nearly full speed.
Busch was immediately transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Florida and underwent successful surgery Saturday night on his right leg. Further surgery on his left foot will take place at a North Carolina hospital.
Two-time defending Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton filled in for Busch during Sunday’s Daytona 500, finishing 19th. David Ragan will drive Busch’s car in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, while 18-year-old Erik Jones will drive Busch’s car in the Xfinity Series.
Off to NC! Thank u to everyone at Halifax for taking such good care of Kyle n to all of U for the continued prayers! pic.twitter.com/7SXHHb4UWl
— Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) February 24, 2015
Ragan will drive the No. 18 Toyota for at least the next several weeks. The move was accommodated by Front Row Motorsports, the team Ragan currently drives for, and sponsor CSX.
Joe Gibbs Racing said additional lineup changes to the Xfinity car will be made moving forward. Jones currently runs a full season in the Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial Xfinity schedule for JGR in the No. 20.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.