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Owner Joe Gibbs gives update on Kyle Busch after driver suffered crash injuries

Car owner Joe Gibbs gives update on Kyle Busch injuries

Kyle Busch is out of surgery and in good spirits, according to team owner Joe Gibbs.

Busch was knocked out of the Daytona 500 when his Toyota slid through the infield grass and hit an inside wall during Saturday's Xfinity race.

Busch sustained a compound fracture of his right lower leg and a left mid-foot fracture, and is expected to be out five to six months. Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Matt Crafton would drive the No. 18 car in the 500.

"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," Ed Laukes, Vice President marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales, said in a statement. "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. We know fellow Toyota driver Matt Crafton will represent not only Toyota, but Joe Gibbs Racing well in today's Daytona 500."

Busch was transported to nearby Halifax Medcical Center, where he underwent surgery on his leg.

"The major portion of what they did yesterday was his lower right leg...they took care of that," Gibbs said during a press conference before the Daytona 500. "They're going to wait on his foot. It remains to be seen there what the situation is."

Gibbs could not provide a timetable for Busch's recovery but said he already was itching to get back in his No. 18 Toyota. 

"n the recovery room with Kyle he's alert n chatting," Busch's wife, Samantha, tweeted. "Surgery went well. We thank you all for the support, prayers and love during this time."

 

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