Boris Said, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones to fill in for Kyle Busch in NASCAR Xfinity ride
Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones and Boris Said will drive Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Xfinity car in the coming weeks for Joe Gibbs Racing, the team announced Monday.
Hamlin will drive the Toyota in this weekend’s Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as Busch recovers from a broken leg and foot suffered in a crash in the season-opening Xfinity race Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. No timetable has been set for Busch’s return.
Hamlin will run five races in the No. 54 car in addition to six starts he was scheduled to make for JGR in the series. Jones, who finished 13th this past weekend in the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway, will run a total of three Xfinity races in the car. He is scheduled to make 16 starts in JGR’s No. 20 Xfinity Toyota.
JGR announced that Said will drive the car in seven races. He’ll drive it at Talladega and at six non-companion events.
The first Xfinity race without a replacement listed for Busch is June 13 at Michigan.
Here’s the schedule of who will be in the No. 54 in Xfinity races this season:
March 7 - Las Vegas (Denny Hamlin)
March 14 - Phoenix (Erik Jones)
March 21 - Auto Club Speedway (Denny Hamlin)
April 10 - Texas (Denny Hamlin)
April 18 - Bristol (Denny Hamlin)
April 24 - Richmond (Erik Jones)
May 2 - Talladega (Boris Said)
May 17 - Iowa (Boris Said)
May 23 - Charlotte (Denny Hamlin)
June 20 - Chicagoland (Boris Said)
Aug. 1 - Iowa (Boris Said)
Aug. 15 - Mid-Ohio (Boris Said)
Aug. 29 - Road America (Boris Said)
Sept. 26 - Kentucky (Boris Said)