KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch endured perhaps the scariest racing moment of his life this week – and he wasn’t the one driving.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s 3-year-old son Brexton was involved in a four-wheeler accident, which the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ detailed Friday at Kansas Speedway, site of Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1).
“Brexton was riding his four-wheeler and I taught him early on you know, when you go straight you can go as fast as you want to go but then you’ve got to let off the gas, use the brakes, slow down, turn and go the other way,” Busch told reporters following his 13th-place qualifying run. “He was doing really good; he rode for an hour with no problems and then he saw his friends dart off in one direction and he was going a little fast, cranked the wheel in order to follow them and it two-wheeled and it threw him off.
“When it threw him off, he didn’t brace for impact and he hit his head and it knocked him out.”
Brexton was wearing his helmet, thankfully, and the elder Busch indicated it likely saved his life.
“Scariest thing I’ve ever seen, certainly, to see your son lying there, lifeless,” he said. “Thankfully it was only about 10 seconds and he came back to. He doesn’t remember all of that going on which is a good and a bad thing, I think, but past that, it’s a good damn thing he had his helmet on because he might not be here. …
“He took some deep breaths, so that was good, I knew he was still there. He had a pulse, everything was fine in that regard. Squeezed his face and yelled for somebody to get a bottle of water, sprayed the bottle of water on him and he was up, he was good.”
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Well we had a rough night, Brexton had a riding accident and we had to spend the evening in the hospital. He’s a little banged up but head wise and internally everything checked out fine which we are so beyond grateful for. I share this to ALWAYS make sure your kid wears a helmet even if they protest and whine or even if it’s the last quick ride of the night or they say mom I’m only riding in the driveway. Brexton was wearing a full face race helmet and the drs said without a doubt that’s why he is ok. He was such a trooper and we can’t thank the amazing team at the @atriumhealth Children’s ER enough. They were so kind and funny and made a bad experience so much easier. Brexton thought it was fantastic, they hooked him up and told him he was becoming a superhero, he got to watch Avengers, they told him no homework for 2 weeks and after his 4 hour observation he got Sprite in the middle of the night. It’s safe to say when your kid asks to go back it’s a good experience. Loving on my boy extra hard today. #boymom #alwayswearahelmet