Kyle Busch was among the drivers caught up in a multi-car crash on lap 111 of the 120-lap Alert Today Florida 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday. In that crash, Busch sustained injuries that included a compound fracture of his right lower leg and a mid-foot fracture of his left foot. No other injuries were reported from the incident.
“Kyle Busch is a key member of our Toyota NASCAR family, and it goes without saying that everyone at Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) U.S.A. has Kyle in their thoughts and prayers,” Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Vice President of Marketing, Performance and Guest Experience Ed Laukes said in a written statement on Sunday morning. “Kyle is as tough a competitor as you’ll find in motorsports, and I’m confident he’ll recover quickly and return to the track with an even greater passion to win.”
Busch was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and underwent successful surgery on the broken leg Saturday night.
In the wreck, Busch’s car struck a portion of the retaining wall were there is no SAFER barrier installed. In the time since the wreck, tires have been placed in the area of Busch’s contact with the wall.
“The Daytona International Speedway did not live up to its responsibility today,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said. “We should have had a SAFER barrier there. We’re going to fix that. We’re going to fix that right now.”
Other drivers involved in the crash included Brendan Gaughan, Brian Scott, Darrell Wallace Jr., Elliott Sadler, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola and Cale Conley, among others.
After the wreck, Busch was able to climb onto the window of his car under his own power. After being assisted out of the car, he spent some time on the ground next to his car before being placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.
According to a release from Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday evening, Busch will be sidelined for an “undetermined period of time.” Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will drive Busch’s No. 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car in Sunday’s Daytona 500. A fill-in driver has not been named for the remainder of the races Busch will miss.
“We know fellow-Toyota driver Matt Crafton will represent not only Toyota, but Joe Gibbs Racing well in today’s Daytona 500,” Laukes said.