Kurt Busch targets playoff return to NASCAR Cup after injury lay-off

The 2004 Cup champions have not been cleared to compete since an accident at Pocono on 23 July, which caused them to suffer concussion-like symptoms.

Busch will now miss the next two races as well, ending the regular season on edge, but is aiming to return for the first playoff race in Darlington on 4 September.

As one of 15 drivers in the Cup Series to taste victory so far in 2022, the 44-year-old, who arrives in Kansas in May, will be entered in the round of 16 of the playoffs.

Until two more drivers took their first win of the year. This weekend at the Watkins Glen Road Course Race and the final race of the regular season at Daytona International Speedway.

“I am indebted to everyone at 23XI, to all of our partners, my fellow competitors and fans. It is my goal to be back in the #45 23XI Racing Toyota Camry TRD to start the playoffs.

Bush issued the following statement late Thursday: "As much as I want to get back in the car, the time is still not right.

“I know Tye will continue to do well in my absence, and I appreciate the competition he has brought to the track.” I am incredibly grateful for all the well wishes and support. It really means a lot."

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