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Getty Kevin Harvick (right) will pass Kurt Busch on the all-time starts list.

23XI Racing’s Kurt Busch will miss his third consecutive Cup Series race as he continues to focus on recovering from concussion-like symptoms sustained in a crash during qualifying at Pocono Raceway. Ty Gibbs will replace him in the No.

45 Toyota Camry while Kevin Harvick breaks their tie on a historic list.

Busch and Harvick enter the race weekend tied for 11th on the all-time starts list. They have each suited up for 776 Cup Series races, eight fewer than Michael Waltrip. Harvick will make his 777th start at Michigan International Speedway on August 7, moving him one start closer to Waltrip’s mark.

Busch actually began the season with two more career starts than his fellow champion. He entered the season with 756 while Harvick had 754. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver moved into a tie with Busch after races at Pocono Raceway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now he will take sole possession of 11th on the leaderboard.

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Some Things Remain More Important for Busch

No days off. Thankful for @ToyotaRacing and their dedication to their drivers through the @Toyota Performance Center. #TeamToyota pic.twitter.com/Vu4FGV05qH

— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) August 5, 2022

Having more career starts provides some unique bragging rights, but this stat is ultimately less important. What really matters is that Busch takes time to focus on his health and get back to full strength instead of trying to rush back.

Busch has recently started putting his recovery on display. He explained in a video that his vision and hearing are still not 100% and that his doctors wanted him to go somewhere noisy that doesn’t require physical activity. His solution was to attend a Charlotte FC game.

Busch has also spent some time at the Toyota Performance Center. The manufacturer has built a massive facility stocked with the best equipment to help drivers train for their time behind the wheel. They build their bodies while also working on reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

Both Drivers Should Pass Waltrip in 2022

Getty(L-R) Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick all have over 700 career starts.

While Busch remains out of action for another week, he should be able to make his return in the coming weeks. He will pursue a spot in the championship four as both he and Harvick move closer to a major achievement.

The two drivers should end the season within reach of 800 starts. Harvick will be at 790 starts by the end of the season while Busch’s number will depend on when he makes his return to the No. 45 Toyota Camry TRD. If he is back in time for the August 14 trip to Richmond Raceway, he will end the season with 789 starts.

Both Busch and Harvick should pass Waltrip before the end of the season, which will put them on pace to join an elite group. There are only nine drivers that have made 800 Cup Series starts. Jeff Gordon is in ninth with 805 while Darrell Waltrip is in eighth with 809.

The historic list includes Bill Elliott (828), Kyle Petty (829), Mark Martin (882), Dave Marcis (883), Terry Labonte (890), and Ricky Rudd (906). The King, Richard Petty, has the unbeatable mark of 1,184 career Cup Series starts.

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Ravens Star RB Returns From Injury, 1st Rounder Expected to Miss Time

Getty Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins dives into the end zone against the Cleveland Browns.

The Baltimore Ravens got a huge boost to their offense this week in the form of star running back J.K. Dobbins, who made his much-awaited return to practice after tearing his ACL during the 2021 preseason.

The Ravens officially activated Dobbins from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) on August 8, with the former Ohio State standout passing his physical and joining the team at training camp.

RB J.K. Dobbins has passed his physical and been activated from the PUP list.https://t.co/6VRmTouZ4m

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 8, 2022

Dobbins only participated in individual drills as the Ravens ramp up his activity with more than a month left before their regular season opener vs. the New York Jets.

No jokes, @Jkdobbins22 is back ???? pic.twitter.com/4pU1zgh1Tu

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 8, 2022

Dobbins’ activation from the PUP list with more than a month before the Ravens’ first regular season game is an indication that the 2020 second-rounder will follow through on his promise “to be ready for Week 1.” 

But after last year’s injury fiasco, Baltimore is taking a cautious approach to their returning stars, with Ronnie Stanley, Marcus Peters and Gus Edwards among the players closest to their return.

Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic even tweeted that the Ravens are “hopeful he’ll return to practice in 2 weeks or so,” indicating that Stanley could be ready to play by Week 1.

Harbaugh Clarifies Linderbaum Injury

Dobbins’ promise was a response to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who reported that the third-year running back was “no sure thing to make Week 1.”

Now it seems that Rapoport could be wrong twice in a row about recent injuries in Baltimore, as head coach John Harbaugh directly contradicted a report from Rapoport regarding rookie center Tyler Linderbaum, who went down during practice on August 4.

“It sounds to me like a reoccurrence of his old Lisfranc injury. It is a sprain, not a full rupture,” said Rapoport on NFL Network.

From Inside Training Camp: #Ravens C Tyler Linderbaum had a reoccurrence of a Lisfranc injury, suffering a sprain not a rupture, per me and @MikeGarafolo. More tests are coming. pic.twitter.com/1yL8m9koF4

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 8, 2022

But when asked about the report after practice, Harbaugh was adamant that Linderbaum’s injury was not a Lisfranc sprain:

That’s not true. That’s not true. It’s not a Lisfranc sprain. There’s a ligament; it’s not that ligament. It’s a different ligament…That’s my understanding. I’m not a doctor, but I play one in press conferences, as you know. But that’s what I was told.

Harbaugh’s answer will have Ravens fans breathing a sigh of relief that the main return from the Hollywood Brown trade is not expected to miss significant time.

Harbaugh: Dobbins ‘Looked Pretty Good’

Harbaugh also offered his evaluation of Dobbins’ return to practice, telling media, “I thought he looked pretty good in individual, first day back.”

Back to work ‼️ @Jkdobbins22 pic.twitter.com/KD1Vo1JJRV

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 8, 2022

After working hard this summer to rehab his torn ACL, Dobbins had been pushing to join his teammates at practice from the time training camp started. However, Harbaugh indicated that the Ravens will still manage his workload and intensity in practice for the time being.

“Maybe we add a little bit more everyday and kind of see how he handles it, and see how the knee responds,” said Harbaugh. “But, it seems like it’s so far so good.”

The Ravens drafted rookie Tyler Badie and signed veterans Corey Clement and Mike Davis this offseason to bolster their backfield, giving them plenty of insurance as Dobbins and Edwards make their full recovery.

2019 fourth-rounder Justice Hill is showing off his pass-catching abilities in training camp after recovering from a torn Achilles, so the Ravens have no shortage of options at running back.

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