Kurt Busch not cleared for NASCAR Cup race at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Kurt Busch was not cleared by NASCAR’s medical staff to compete in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway and the 23XI Racing driver was replaced by 19-year-old Ty Gibbs.

Busch, 43, who has hinted that next season will be his last race in NASCAR, tweeted that he was suffering from “concussion-like symptoms” from a blow he sustained during Saturday’s qualifying session.

“That Tests indicate that that I’m still recovering,” wrote Busch.

Busch, who has 776 career Cup starts, is a 2004 series champion and is driving in his debut season for a team co-owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin. His No. 45 Chevrolet spun Saturday and slammed into NASCAR’s protective safety barriers.

23XI selected Gibbs, the grandson of Joe Gibbs Racing owner and former NFL coach Joe Gibbs, for its first start. Gibbs finished second in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and third in the series points standings.

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Emma Bowman

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