KYLE BUSCH is returning to racing Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch, 30, suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a broken left foot in an Xfinity Series race Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway.

"I feel like this is a great accomplishment for myself, just to be able to come back as quickly as I've been able to," Busch said yesterday on a conference call.

Previously, the July 5 Sprint Cup race at Daytona was expected to be Busch's return race.

Before he was cleared by his physicians and NASCAR, Busch tested in a late-model race car. He said he still has some soreness, but no pain.

"It was shaking the rust off for me," he said, "but also just proving that I can handle brake pressures, clutch, all that stuff with the foot, making sure the leg wouldn't tense up or spasm or anything in the race car being locked in sort of a particular angle. I was the only car on the track, so you couldn't simulate side by side."

A main reason Busch and the No. 18 Toyota team chose the All-Star event is it's shorter than a Cup series race and has mandatory pit stops.

- Bill Fleischman