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Busch to make All-Star return, receives Chase waiver

Kyle Busch is finally back.

After months of healing and rehabilitation, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was cleared to return to competition. He is set to make his comeback during Saturday night’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The news came Tuesday morning, along with a video Busch posted to Twitter.

The driver broke his leg in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway, the season-opening race for the second-tier series. After he wrecked, his car went into an inside wall with no SAFER barrier. Busch has been out of a car since that incident, which was nearly three months ago.

NASCAR announced Wednesday morning that Busch will receive a waiver for The Chase, excluding the requirement of starting all regular season races. To make the playoff field, however, Busch needs to win a race and be in the top 30 in the point standings.

“Our decision to grant [Busch] a waiver that allows him to continue running for a championship is one we discussed extensively,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, in an official press release. “The spirit of the rule never was designed to punish drivers who are unable to compete due to extenuating circumstances such as recovering from a racing accident.”

This will be a big month for Busch, whose wife Samantha is expecting their first child any day now. The baby boy will add to the emotional resurgence his father is currently weathering.

Welcome back, Kyle Busch.

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Kyle Busch out indefinitely after injuring leg in NXS race

Kyle Busch is out indefinitely due to a right leg injury sustained during Saturday evening’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

Busch, who was driving the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, was in contention with nine laps to go when a wreck occurred behind him. He got loose, and his left front tire blew. This caused the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular to skid across the grass and hit the inside wall head-on. The wall had no SAFER barriers.

When trying to get out of his car, Busch struggled and required help. He rested on the ground and talked about his injury with the medical personnel. He was loaded onto a stretcher and rushed to the local hospital.

Joe Gibbs Racing released a statement Saturday night that revealed Busch suffered a compound fracture to his lower right leg. He also fractured his left foot. Busch is currently undergoing surgery.

Matt Crafton, who races the No. 88 Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will run the No. 18 in Sunday’s Daytona 500. An intern driver for the remainer of Busch’s absence has not been named.

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Reed wins NXS race at Daytona; Busch injured in late-race wreck

Amid much wreckage and various red flags, Ryan Reed prevailed and won his first NASCAR Xfintiy Series race.

Daytona International Speedway is known for producing carnage and entertainment, and both elements were present late Saturday afternoon. Running two-by-two, the field rung in the new NASCAR season with the sound of thundering engines.

Things got crazy near the end of the event, when an 11-car wreck brought out the red flag. Contact between rookie Daniel Suarez and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson caused Suarez to spin and dive through the field. Regan Smith flipped yet climbed out, uninjured.

As the unscathed cars parked on the backstretch, Mike Wallace failed to slow down and rear-ended Austin Dillon. Wallace’s radio transmission malfunctioned and left him unaware of the red flag.

The field went green with 21 laps remaining, and it was fast-paced and calm until nine laps remained. Another large wreck ensued, taking 10 cars out. One of the cars involved was NSCS regular and frequent NXS race winner Kyle Busch.

Busch, who was ahead of the melee, blew a tire and skidding through the infield grass, hitting the inside wall head-on. The wall didn’t have a SAFER barrier, which is a device in place at many tracks that absorbs the shock on impact. Busch needed help getting out his car and rested on the ground. He was quickly taken to the local hospital to evaluate his ‘right leg pain,’ according to Fox Sports 1.

When the debris was cleaned up and the field went green again, only five laps remained. Swerving and slicing took place, as did help from friends and teammates. At Daytona, no one has a clear advantage when it comes to the actual racing.

Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher shot to the front, a rocket that refused to fade. The two Roush Fenway Racing cars finished first and second, mustering up momentum for the upcoming season.

Reed, a young diabetic, used his victory lane time to talk about the disease and reflect on the journey he took to get into the sport. The future has just begun for him.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series never fails to bring excitement and newsworthy happenings. Updates on Kyle Busch’s condition will be posted as the information comes in.

Atlanta’s final Labor Day race results in Chase berth for Kahne

(Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The final Labor Day event at Atlanta Motor Speedway seemed to last forever. Maybe it never wanted to end. As the bizarre race played out, Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne was thankful the action ceased –especially when it worked in his favor.

Five-hundred miles is an exhausting amount, one that’s difficult to completely fill with excitement. Lulls ensued, yet they served as needed breaks from the crazy developments.

It all started with a cat. Or a squirrel. When leader Kevin Harvick radioed in early into the race, he quickly dodged a furry object. It was first regarded as a feline, but a clear photo showed that it was a tree-dwelling critter that took a wrong turn.

A caution soon came out –thankfully, it wasn’t for the squirrel. Instead, it was for some unwanted decoration on Jimmie Johnson’s machine. AJ Allmendinger’s tire shredded apart, and a shred flew up and hooked onto the No. 48’s hood pins. BOOM, streamers.

Oh, but the insanity didn’t stop there; on one of the many restarts, turn three was a crapshoot due to a large quantity of smoke drifting into the area. It seemed to be from an infield fire. Either way, it looked creepy.

The race mellowed out, and it was shaping to be a tight battle between second-place Harvick and a leading Kahne. The former has collected three wins this season, while the HMS driver hadn’t contributed to the team count. Kahne’s lead kept growing and growing and growing as he came closer to the white flag’s appearance…

…and then Kyle Busch drove through Martin Truex, Jr. He claimed it was a misjudgment, yet he rammed into him again once the No. 78 went into the wall. Truex and his team were understandably upset, searching for some consistency. The incident sent the field up for pit stops, and Matt Kenseth rose to the occasion. He took two tires, while Kahne and Harvick went with four. They fell back, chances seemingly diminished.

On the restart, Paul Menard got a horrible restart on his two tires and back up into Harvick. Joey Logano darted out of line and set them three wide. Eating and banging followed, and Harvick smacked the wall, chances killed. When the caution flew, Kahne was third, next to a surprisingly strong Danica Patrick.

Kenseth attempted to hang onto the final restart, but Kahne wasn’t having any of it. With an accidental wiggle from the No. 20, Kahne extended his lead and took the checkered flag. His first victory of 2014 gives him seventeen wins in his career.

Some other notable headlines: Winless Kenseth also secures a spot in The Chase, and Patrick claimed her career-best finish with sixth place.

With one race remaining until The Chase begins, things are getting tight. It’s no doubt that the Richmond International Raceway event will be exciting, but can it top Atlanta’s showing? That’s to be determined.

Nationwide victory gives Ambrose needed momentum for Chase

Road course racing is a thrill ride. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International lived up to the hype.

Brad Keselowski won the race one year ago, and he sat on the pole for the Zippo 200. He led multiple times throughout the race, but greed got the best of him. During a heated battle with Kyle Busch, the No. 22 slid through the grass. He didn’t lose much physical ground, but a mental setback was now in play. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion finished fourth.

Though Keselowski’s car was exceptionally good, everyone recognized Marcos Ambrose as the frontrunner. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver entered the event with two things on his mind: gaining momentum for the Cup event and winning. The extra track time would aid his quest for a spot in The Chase for the Sprint Cup. Oh, and a win is a good cherry on top.

After various scuffles with both Busch and Joey Logano, Ambrose led the field to the checkered flag. The win is his fifth NNS road course victory, making him the new record holder. It’s also his fourth-straight NNS win. As the celebration went on, the question rose: can he win on Sunday? It’s obvious he has the skills to get it done, but the competition level in the top tier is vastly greater. He’ll have to pull off a flawless run to claim a coveted spot.

On the top of Nationwide regulars, Trevor Bayne definitely tops the headlines, and not for a good reason. The No. 6 was involved in many incidents today, conjuring negative responses from fellow drivers and fans. He didn’t understand what he was going wrong. Although it was hard to watch, his road course tactics earned him a thirteenth-place finish.

It was a gorgeous day for a race at Watkins Glen, and the road course format is even more glorious. Will we see more thrills and spills Sunday afternoon?

 

Point Standings after the Zippo 200

1. Chase Elliott (–)
2. Regan Smith (-12)
3. Elliott Sadler (-13)
3. Ty Dillon (-13)
5. Brian Scott (-45)
6. Trevor Bayne (-48)
7. Brendan Gaughan (-151)
7. Chris Buescher (-151)
9. Ryan Reed (-182)
10. James Buescher (-185)

Hard to Ignore: Dillon celebrates first NNS win by kissing the bricks

At the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ty Dillon became a winner for the first time. He beat NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch in the Lilly Diabetes 250. The 22-year-old leaned down to kiss the bricks after the victory lane celebration.

Dillon was one of four NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers up for the Dash 4 Cash bonus, which has been going on this past month. Chase Elliott, Brian Scott, and Trevor Bayne were the others in the running for the extra $100,000. While Dillon got the check, he’s entered to win the final bonus next weekend at Iowa Speedway. Scott and Bayne are eligible again, and Regan Smith is thrown into the mix.

Both of these facts make it hard to overlook the NNS regulars, and that’s the point; though Cup drivers may come in and take wins, there’s no denying the series has a lot of young talent to offer. It may be easy to complain about Busch stomping off from an ESPN interview after Saturday afternoon’s race, that shouldn’t overshadow what Dillon accomplished. What about the race at Chicagoland Speedway, where Elliott won his third race of the season? The future is here, and it’s worth cherishing.

The addition of the Cup racers just sweetens the wins. Dillon beat Busch, but he also outraced Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Joey Logano. That’s a big feat, and it’s an even bigger day for Ty Dillon, the No. 3 team, and owner/grandfather Richard Childress.

Point Standings after the Lilly Diabetes 250

1. Chase Elliott (–)
2. Regan Smith (-4)
3. Elliott Sadler (-11)
4. Ty Dillon (-15)
5. Brian Scott (-42)
6. Trevor Bayne (-47)
7. Chris Buescher (-122)
8. Brendan Gaughan (-127)
9. James Buescher (-163)
10. Ryan Reed (-169)

Kentucky performance shows Keselowski’s championship mindset

The Penske power was strong at Kentucky Speedway, but only one could win.

Polesitter Brad Keselowski presented a dominant performance, knocking the rest of the field on their butts. There were only two cars that could rival his speed, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Busch’s car was fast late, but he radioed in that he had nothing once the No. 2 passed him for the final time. He took his runner-up finish with a grain of salt.

Logano was probably the biggest threat to Keselowski, the two swapping the lead multiple times throughout the event. However, it was late in the race when his engine went sour. He salvaged a ninth-place finish, nowhere near as sweet as that possible win. Team Penske now has four wins this season, each driver holding two.

Not only is the organization ready for The Chase, but so is Keselowski. In victory lane, he assured, “I really want another championship,” and no one is doubting him. Once this 2012 Sprint Cup titleholder sets his eyes on something, he doesn’t stop until it’s in his possession. If there’s anything to take away from Saturday night’s race, it’s that Keselowski is ready for another championship, and the other competitors better be on the lookout.

Aside from that, the race was a typically run on a 1.5-mile track. The racing was alright. The attendance was horrible. A few tire issues occurred, claiming Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson early on. The finishing order had a few surprises, such as Ryan Newman in third, Tony Stewart in eleventh, Paul Menard in fifteenth, and Michael Annett in eighteenth.

It was a solid night for Keselowski, and Team Penske was shaping up for a fantastic finish before engine problems plagued the No. 22. However, the No. 2 is stout, and that number may be No. 1 once The Chase comes to a close.

Point Standings after the Quaker State 400 (asterisk denotes number of wins)

1. Jeff Gordon (–)*
2. Jimmie Johnson (-24)***
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-24)**
4. Brad Keselowski (-58)**
5. Matt Kenseth (-63)
6. Carl Edwards (-82)**
7. Joey Logano (-99)**
8. Ryan Newman (-104)
9. Kevin Harvick (-109)**
10. Kyle Busch (-110)*
11. Paul Menard (-130)
12. Kyle Larson (-144)
12. Greg Biffle (-144)
14. Clint Bowyer (-145)
15. Kasey Kahne (-153)
16. Tony Stewart (-158)