NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch has undergone successful surgery to remove the plates and rods that were inserted after his Daytona crash in February.
Busch broke his left foot and right leg in the accident during the Xfinity Series race before the Daytona 500, and confirmed after winning the title at Homestead last month that further surgery was planned.
Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that the surgery has now been completed to remove the plate in his left foot and metal rod and screws from his right leg.
The team added that "Busch is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2016 NASCAR season in February".
During NASCAR's post-season media tour earlier this month, Busch said he hoped the surgery would eliminate the last of the pain he had been enduring.
"For it being nine months and me feeling how I feel right now, I'm pretty confident I'll be back to normal nine months after surgery," he said.
"I still have pain today and every day; it still continues to get better.
"The doctors are pretty shocked at how well I feel right now with the stuff that's still in the foot.
"The leg feels fine, it's normal except on a 20-degree [fahrenheit, -7 celsius] day - it's got a weird feeling with the broken spot on the bone."