23XI Racing confirmed on Thursday that Kurt Busch will miss the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Play-Offs as he continues his recovery after suffering a brain injury earlier this season.

23XI team president, Steve Lauletta said:

Kurt has elevated our entire organization this year. “Although Kurt will not be competing for a championship this season, he will continue to play a vital role in the organization as he works with our competition group to keep improving and strengthening the team.

Speaking about today’s news, Busch said:

As much as I wanted and hoped to be able to get back in the No. 45 car to make a playoff run with our team, it’s still not the right time for me. “In addition to not being cleared to return to racing, I know that I am not ready to be back in the car. I respect the sport of NASCAR, my fellow drivers and the fans too much to take up a playoff spot if I know I can’t compete for a championship this season. The decision was not an easy one, but I know it is the right thing to do. I will continue to take time to heal and strengthen as I prepare to be back in the car and will do all I can to help 23XI continue the success we have had this season.

Ty Gobbs will once again deputise for Busch in the No.45 Monster Energy 23XI Toyota Camry for this weekend’s Coke Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway

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