"Maybe you'll see me at a select few races" - Kurt Busch open to occasional NASCAR return if medically cleared
Kurt Busch's retirement announcement was one of those stories NASCAR fans didn't want to hear,
regardless of whether you're a fan of his direction. The 44-year-old NASCAR veteran announced his
departure from Cup Series racing full-time in 2023 in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada,
a day before the sport prepares to race on the 2.4km track.
The 23XI Racing driver has had a long and storied career in the sport's highest echelon and
has taken victories with each of the three current manufacturers over the past 28 years.
The 2004 Cup Series champion, however, has been sidelined since his accident during qualifying at Pocono Raceway,
causing him to suffer concussions over the next few weeks.
After announcing his formal retirement at an emotionally charged press conference,
Kurt Busch also announced his desire to participate in the sport part-time.
After fully recovering from his injuries and being allowed to race, Busch announced that he can be
seen racing from time to time as he has decided to put his long-term health as his number one priority for now, and said:
"Next year my racing contributions may look a little different, but I will continue to do my best for this sport.
And if I'm released, maybe you'll see me in select races."
With 34 race wins, Kurt Busch is sure to be remembered for his NASCAR legacy.
However, it is wise for the now ex-Cup Series driver to put his health first, ahead of his desire to compete on the track.
Kurt Busch talks about his recovery process
Kurt Busch has been seen sharing his experiences during his concussion recovery since he sat out this season just before last Sunday's Cup Series race.
In a pre-race interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton, the 44-year-old pilot explained what the process has been like and said:
"Every five weeks I check in with Doctor Mickey Collins and go through my concussion protocol with tests and I'm hopeful with the gains I've made to see more.
But I can't just connect with my moves and my balance right now. and I'm hopeful after Pheonix, I'll check it out and see what it brings."