Kyle Bush may have to miss Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway as he and his wife await the birth of their daughter.
Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch and wife Samantha are preparing to welcome their second child into the world sometime in the next few weeks.
With the baby ready to be born through surrogacy, the 37-year-old in Las Vegas, Nevada may be called to leave the Darlington racetrack this weekend so he and his wife can be with the surrogate carrying the baby if she goes into labour.
Even if he isn’t called away from his #18 Toyota and gets a chance to compete in the Goodyear 400 on Sunday afternoon, there’s a chance he’ll be called to leave Kansas Speedway ahead of the AdventHealth 400 next weekend for the same reason, the kid should come by then.
Trevor Bayne, who joined Joe Gibbs Racing as a part-time driver for Team Xfinity Series this year, is on standby for Bosch.
Payne took part in three Xfinity Series races for the team behind the wheel of this year’s #18 Toyota, finishing third at the Auto Club Speedway.
The 2011 Daytona 500 champion last raced the Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2018.
Without a doubt, NASCAR will give Busch a playoff waiver if he misses a Sunday noon race or even next Sunday afternoon’s race at Kansas Speedway.
His dirt race win at Bristol Motor Speedway, which only saw him lead the last lap, effectively locked him into qualifying, provided the regular season could not end with more than 16 different winners. But he is currently fourth in the points standings, so even if there are more than 16 winners, he should be very safe.
Busch hasn’t missed a race since the 2015 season, when he missed the first 11 races after breaking his right leg and left foot in a crash during the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
He earned a playoff waiver, qualified for the playoffs by winning and back in the top 30 in the points standings for the remainder of the 26-race regular season, and ended up winning the championship despite only running 25 of the 36 races on the schedule.
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