Kyle Busch takes big step in recovery process

Busch, who suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a mid-foot fracture of his left foot in last month’s NASCAR XFINITY Series opener at Daytona International Speedway, has ditched his soft casts in favor of walking boots.

The driver’s wife, Samantha, tweeted the news on Tuesday afternoon — nearly 2 1/2 weeks after her husband was injured when his No. 54 XFINITY Series car slammed hard into an area of the DIS infield wall that was unprotected by a SAFER barrier.

He underwent surgery on his left foot in Charlotte on Feb. 25 and was finally able to go home on Feb. 27.

David Ragan has driven Busch’s No. 18 Sprint Cup car the past two weekends, after reigning and two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton subbed for Busch in the Daytona 500.