Kyle Busch to compete in first race since offseason surgery

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Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch will go for a fourth SpeedFest championship Jan. 31 at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia.

It will be Busch’s first foray in a race car since undergoing off-season surgery last month to remove two metal plates in his left foot and a metal rod and screws in his right leg after his crash at Daytona in last year’s Xfinity Series opener.

Busch has won the ARCA/CRA Super Series Late Model event in 2009 and 2010 at the event’s former site, Lanier Speedway in Braselton, Georgia.

His third SpeedFest win came in 2012 when the event moved to its present location. He’ll be joined in this year’s 200-lap race by Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate, William Byron, the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at SpeedFest, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go back this year,” Busch said in a release from the team. “Everything went well with my latest surgery and I feel really good. Without an opportunity to get in a Sprint Cup Series car before we get to Daytona, running this race will be a good tune-up prior to Speedweeks.”

Busch, who will sign autographs before the race, will drive the No. 51 Toyota Camry, while Byron will drive the No. 9 Camry.

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