Kurt Busch makes final plea, brother Kyle ruled out of 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch’s final appeal hearing has started, beginning minutes after his younger brother Kyle was ruled out of the Daytona 500 with a leg injury.

If Kurt Busch loses his appeal Saturday, both Busch brothers would be out of the “Great American Race” for the first time since 2000.

Kurt lost his first appeal earlier Saturday when a three-judge panel upheld NASCAR’s domestic violence suspension. He was hoping to get reinstated for the season opener.

Kurt has one final chance in front of final appeals officer Bryan Moss, a former president of Gulfstream Aerospace.

Kyle was hospitalized following a frightening crash late in the Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials ruled the Joe Gibbs Racing driver out a short time later, saying he was awake, alert and being evaluated.