Kurt Busch's crew chief Tony Gibson plans to be New Hampshire this weekend, despite the surgery.
Tony Gibson had an emergency appendectomy at Carolina HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord, N.C. on Tuesday.
The crew chief of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevy driven by Kurt Busch was released later that day.
On his Facebook page, Gibson, 50, posted, “Thanks everyone for the prayers, calls, texts and Facebook messages. Got home from the hospital last night. Just really sore today. Who needs an appendix anyway????”
Gibson told Motorsport.com that he plans to be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway some time on Friday. Team engineer John Klausmeier will act as interim crew chief – as he did at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 in April when Gibson was out with kidney stones. SHR said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition for SHR, “will also have an increased presence within the No. 41 team.”
The Gibson-led team is currently tied for fifth in the point standings following Busch’s third-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway. This is Gibson’s fourth team in the Chase in seven full seasons since the playoff system was introduced. Gibson has five wins – two with Busch and three with Ryan Newman – since he joined SHR in 2009.