Kyle Busch to meet with media (Update)

UPDATE Kyle Busch, injured in an accident during the Daytona XFINITY Series race, met with members of the media at Joe Gibbs Racing on Wednesday afternoon. Some notes:

  • Busch says the accident was the hardest hit of his career.
  • He left the racing surface at 176mph and impacted the wall at 90mph.
  • The crash was so hard that his helmet and chest hit the steering wheel.
  • He says he knew instantly that both legs were broken.
  • Busch took the blame for the accident, saying that he was being too greedy trying to win the race.
  • Doctors have not given him a timeline to return to racing. They are pleased with his progress and believe he is ahead of schedule.
  • He would like to be able to return to racing by Daytona in July, but is not sure that will be possible;
  • Busch would like to be Chase eligible upon his return, but believes it could be hard to get to the top 30 in points.
  • Busch will need additional surgery. He has one scheduled for December to remove screws and plates in his left foot.

Busch said he does not know when he will get back into a race car but hopes he can return by July as he continues to recover from a broken right leg and a broken left foot suffered in a crash Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. Busch, speaking about his injuries at a news conference Wednesday at Joe Gibbs Racing, said he hit the DIS concrete wall at 90 mph and the g-forces were 90 g's. He said he is healing well and still has a small crack in his right leg as well as a walking boot on his left foot. Kyle Busch suffered a broken right leg and a broken left foot in a Feb. 21 crash at Daytona International Speedway.

"I don't even ask. They won't release me a timetable." Busch said the wreck was his fault, being greedy trying to win the race. He was trying to push teammate Erik Jones, who ended up spinning. While Jones was spinning, he took the air off the rear of Busch's car, sending him into the skid into the wall.

NASCAR has made no decision on whether it will waive the rule that a driver must compete each race weekend in order to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. NASCAR also could waive the rule that requires a driver to be eligible with a win and a top-30 placement in the regular-season standings, although it has not waived that rule when issuing past waivers.

04/14/15 Kyle Busch, injured in an accident during the Daytona XFINITY Series race, will meet with members of the media on Wednesday afternoon. The press conference will be shown live at

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