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Kurt Busch will miss his third consecutive race this weekend after not being cleared for Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, Busch announced on Wednesday.
“While I am continuing to make improvements every day and can’t wait to get back in the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, I have yet to be cleared to return to competition and will not be participating in the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.”
Ty Gibbs will once again start in the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry for 23XI Racing, marking his third start in Busch’s absence.
Gibbs finished 16th at Pocono and 17th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
Busch sustained concussion-like symptoms after a hard crash in the final round of qualifying at Pocono Raceway on July 23.
Busch remains playoff eligible with his win at Kansas Speedway and still has an injury waiver to make the postseason. Busch is 18th in total points but has the least amount of points among drivers with one win this season, trailing Chase Briscoe by 30 points.
As long as Busch remains in the top 30, he will still be in the playoffs that begin with the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 4.