Kurt Busch withdraws from 2022 NASCAR Cup playoffs

Busch and 23XI Racing announced on Thursday that Busch will not be able to return to the #45 Toyota in time

for the start of the playoffs next weekend at Darlington and had therefore withdrawn his medical waiver to participate.

Busch’s withdraw means there are now 14 slots filled in the 16-driver playoff grid, with two available to be filled in Saturday night’s regular season finale at Daytona.

“As much as I wanted and hoped to be able to get back in the #45 car to make a playoff run with our team, it’s still not the right time for me,” said Busch.

“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.”

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