Kyle Busch will spend a third night at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, where he is recovering from leg and foot injuries, according to a team spokesman at Joe Gibbs Racing, who said Busch is "resting comfortably."
Meanwhile, no decision about who will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been made, although NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Erik Jones has emerged as the favorite. Matt Crafton, the two-time and defending Truck Series champion, drove Busch’s car to an 18th-place finish in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Busch suffered a compound fracture of the lower right leg and a broken left foot in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Afterward, doctors at Halifax performed surgery on Busch’s right leg Saturday night. Team owner Joe Gibbs said Busch’s left foot will be examined later this week, once the driver returns to Charlotte.
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Gibbs said Sunday that he did not know how long Busch would be sidelined.
"I think what will happen there is the doctors, after they have a chance to look at his foot and everything and we get it all squared away, I think they will give us a good opinion," Gibbs said.
Gibbs said he talked with Busch, who told him he’s eager to return as soon as possible.
"I know our emphasis is getting him back as quick as we can," said Gibbs. "I know that’s what Kyle will be wanting to do, and we’ll have everybody working with him and for him in rehab and everything else to get him back as quick as we can in the car."