Kyle Busch is testing a late model, but has no plans to race this weekend.
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — Kyle Busch is not racing a late model at Hickory Speedway or anywhere else this weekend. Motorsport.com confirmed the news last night that Kyle returned to the cockpit of race car, last week after his February injury.
Joe Gibbs confirmed that Busch tested a Kyle Busch Motorsports late model last week. Busch is expected to test again this week at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Neither Joe Gibbs Racing or Kyle Busch Motorsports would release the location of last week’s test or the test scheduled for this week to protect Busch’s privacy.
As Busch said during his media availability on April 15, testing is part of his recovery process. Due to the testing ban that NASCAR announced on Sept. 23, private testing is not allowed for the top three national tours with the exception of a Goodyear tire test or a test conducted by the sanctioning body.
I’ll get into a late model here whenever they release me to go and probably do a couple of test sessions at least and see how it all shakes out, see how it goes and then determine my readiness for Cup.
“They’re going to give me clearance to go test a late model,” Busch said last month. “I’m going to go somewhere – whether it’s around here, wherever we go – I’m going to get into one of my late model cars, because that’s all I can test. I can’t test a truck, a XFINITY car or a Cup car, so I’ll get into a late model here whenever they release me to go and probably do a couple of test sessions at least and see how it all shakes out, see how it goes and then determine my readiness for Cup.”
Busch has been sidelined since he was injured in the XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International on Feb. 1. The 30-year-old driver of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota suffered a compound break of his right leg and a fracture of his left foot.
Joe Gibbs Racing would not offer a timeline for his return to NASCAR competition on Monday. Erik Jones will drive the No. 18 Camry in the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Kansas Speedway. There have been no driver plans announced beyond that but there's chatter that Busch would will return for the All Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16.