“2015 Coming Back” – All is Not Good for NASCAR Star Kyle Busch

Published 05/24/2021, 1:08 PM EDT
May 2, 2021; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


During the NASCAR Xfinity race at COTA, Kyle Busch dominated the proceedings. However, his dominance masked what was really going on inside the car. After the race, the 36-year-old confessed that he had to contend with pain in his left foot. Busch alluded to the 2015 season, where he broke his foot during the race at Daytona.

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He said, “I’ve got to give a huge shoutout to all the machine guys, all the CNC guys as well as the carbon guys. They helped me be able to get comfortable in the car this weekend for being able to come out here and run on the road course again. Little bit of ol’ 2015 started to flare up this past week.”

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When did Kyle Busch sustain the injury?

During the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona, Busch got involved in a head-on crash. In the process, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver suffered a fracture in his left foot as well as a compound fracture of his right leg. Those injuries forced him to miss 11 Cup Series races, and despite that, he still went on to win the 2015 Cup Series championship.

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May 23, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Kyle Busch (18) in the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Coming back to this weekend’s race, the driver confessed that the left foot began bothering him, all of a sudden. He admitted that he and the team are still mystified about why the pain came back after all these years. On the bright side, Kyle Busch revealed that he and the team built some sort of support from carbon fiber and put it on his foot.

To be perfectly honest, this was probably the worst race to pick up a foot injury or experience phantom pain. This was because the Circuit of the Americas is a brake-intensive road course. It didn’t help matters that Busch was pulling double duty in the Cup and Xfinity Series. Against all odds, Kyle Busch romped to Victory Lane ahead of AJ Allmendinger, who was nearly 11 seconds behind.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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