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Kyle Busch set for NASCAR return in Charlotte All-Star race

Kyle Busch will return to NASCAR racing in this weekend's All-Star event at Charlotte, three months after his leg-breaking Daytona crash

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was sidelined with a compound fracture to his lower right leg and a fractured left foot following an accident in the Nationwide Series race the day before the Sprint Cup opening Daytona 500.

He required two operations on the injuries and has not raced since.

Busch announced his comeback in the annual non-championship invitation race by posting a video on his Twitter feed.

A variety of drivers have occupied Busch's #18 JGR Toyota during his absence.

Regan Smith stood in for the Daytona race and Atlanta, before David Ragan moved across from Front Row Motorsports as a longer-term substitute.

Ragan then secured a season-long deal to stand in for the unwell Brian Vickers at Michael Waltrip Racing, prompting JGR to give its 18-year-old protege Erik Jones his first full Cup race at Kansas last weekend.

Jones had previously made his debut in an unusual mid-race call-up when Denny Hamlin suffered neck pain at Bristol.

Busch will get dispensation to qualify for NASCAR's Chase for the Championship if he wins a race before the September cut-off, despite missing 11 rounds while injured. Drivers must normally contest the full season to be eligible for the Chase.

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