>>Kyle Busch Transferred To NC Hospital For Further Treatment
Kyle Busch has been released from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. and transferred to a North Carolina hospital where he will continue treatment for injuries he suffered during a crash last Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch, 29, sustained a compound fracture of his right lower leg and a mid-foot fracture of his left foot when he slammed head-on into the inside retaining wall during a big multi-car accident on the frontstretch in the Xfinity race at Daytona. He underwent surgery on his right leg just hours after the accident occurred and remained in the Daytona Beach hospital for three days.
On Tuesday, just before noon (ET), Busch's wife, Samantha, posted on Twitter a photo of him on a stretcher being loaded onto a private jet at Daytona Beach International Airport. She tweeted, "Off to NC! Thank u to everyone at Halifax for taking such good care of Kyle n to all of U for the continued prayers!"
Officials from Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed that Busch is continuing his treatment at a North Carolina hospital. He drives the No. 18 Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 54 car in the Xfinity Series for JGR.
>>Ragan To Fill In For Busch In Atlanta
Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Tuesday that David Ragan will drive the No. 18 Toyota in place of the injured Kyle Busch for the next several Sprint Cup Series races, beginning with this weekend's 500-mile event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Busch fractured his right leg and left foot during an accident in last Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The 29-year- old driver is out indefinitely.
Ragan, who has been competing in NASCAR's premier series full-time since 2007, currently drives the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports. According to JGR, Front Row Motorsports and its team sponsor, CSX, accommodated Ragan's move, and he is expected to return to Front Row later in the season.
Ragan has scored two wins (Daytona in July 2011 and Talladega in May 2013), 14 top-five finishes, 35 top-10's and two poles in 291 career Sprint Cup starts. He finished 17th in Sunday's Daytona 500.
Front Row Motorsports did not immediately name a replacement driver for Ragan in the No. 34 car at Atlanta.