After being injured in a wreck Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, Kyle Busch was recovering from a successful surgery, his wife, Samantha, tweeted shortly after midnight Sunday.
According to a release from Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg in the Xfinity Series season opener. Busch also sustained a mid-foot fracture of his left foot. He had the operation at Halifax-Health Medical Center near the track in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Team owner Joe Gibbs further updated Busch’s condition on Sunday morning, per Dustin Long from NASCAR Talk:
Also on Sunday morning, Samantha Busch also took to Facebook to thank fans for their concern, thoughts and well-wishes for her husband:
“Kyle and I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone for your prayers and kind words during this difficult time. The response from all of you was so overwhelming and uplifting words cannot describe how much we appreciate it.
“Kyle just finished up some breakfast and is resting comfortably. Although his injuries are serious we thank God he is alive and that he is in the best spirits you can expect for a time like this. I love this man so much that even through all his injuries and pain the first thing he asked when he saw me was how our little boy was doing. He melts my heart at what an amazing father he will be!
“The staff also nicely checked little man’s heartbeat last night to put us at ease and it was strong! Kyle and I would like to wish the entire 18 team much success today and thank Matt Crafton for stepping in. We also pray for safety for all the drivers out on the track and thank the entire NASCAR community for their outpouring of concern and support. I will keep you posted on his progress and we continue to ask for prayers for a speedy recovery.”
Samantha Busch later tweeted the first photo of Kyle since he was hospitalized Saturday.
Busch, who is out indefinitely with the injury, will be replaced in the No. 18 Toyota by Matt Crafton in Sunday’s Daytona 500. The team hasn’t named a replacement for next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway or beyond.
Busch hadn’t missed a race since November 2011 when NASCAR officials parked him for the Chase for the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway after Busch intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday Jr. under caution.
Up until Sunday’s Daytona 500, that Texas event was the only race Busch has missed since joining the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis in 2005.
Busch will turn 30 on May 2, and his wife is expecting their first child (a boy) later that month.
Sunday’s 57th Daytona 500 marks the first time since 2001 that a NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be held without at least one Busch brother in the starting lineup.
Kyle’s older brother, Kurt, lost his final appeal Saturday after an indefinite suspension by NASCAR, which punished Busch after a family court in Delaware granted a protective order requested by his ex-girlfriend.