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Kurt Busch remains sidelined, Ty Gibbs back No. 45 at Michigan

Busch remains locked in to the playoffs after being granted a waiver, but has yet to be cleared to compete by NASCAR’s medical team.

He’s got fallen to 18th in the standings, but so long as he remains in the top-30 and you can find only two new winners on the next four races, his position in the playoffs will undoubtedly be safe.

Ty Gibbs will again pilot the No. 45 Toyota this weekend. The 19-year-old made his Cup debut at Pocono and finished an extraordinary 16th. He followed it up with another solid result at the IMS Road Course, finishing 17th.

Gibbs will undoubtedly be pulling double duty at Michigan, running the Cup race along with fulfilling his duties as a full-time Xfinity Series driver in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra.

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Busch, who turns 44 this week, released the next statement:

“While I’m continuing to create improvements each day and can’t wait to obtain back the No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD, I’ve yet to be cleared to come back to competition and can not be taking part in the NASCAR Cup Series race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

“I understand Ty will continue steadily to do a congrats representing 23XI and the No. 45 Monster Energy team in Michigan. I’m working hard to obtain back again to 100% and it’s really my desire to be back the automobile at Richmond Raceway. Because of everyone for the continued support and I anticipate being back on the right track soon.”

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