Kyle Busch hurt in Xfinity crash; misses Daytona 500
A massive wreck with nine laps to go in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway collected 10 cars and injured Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch.
The incident occurred as the field exited the tri-oval in a big pack and the No. 20 Toyota of Erik Jones turned toward the infield before snapping back up the track and into oncoming traffic.
Running right behind Jones, Busch’s No. 54 Toyota shot down the track at full speed and hit the inside wall head-on. Busch was able to climb out of the car, but was immediately attended to by medical workers. The Sprint Cup Series regular was loaded onto a stretcher, with the focus on his right leg.
The wall Busch hit head-on at full speed did not appear to have a SAFER barrier. Busch was transported to a local hospital for further observation after complaining of pain in his right leg. Ryan Reed went on to score his first career series win in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
Busch will not compete in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Busch’s other brother, Kurt Busch, also will not race Sunday after being suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on Friday afternoon.
Involved in the wreck were Busch, Jones, Chase Elliott, J.J. Yeley, Brendan Gaughan, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Jeffrey Earnhardt and Cale Conley.
The race was red flagged as the track was cleaned and medical workers attended to Busch.