Even though Kyle Busch loses the JGR NASCAR ride, his long-term plan is still on track
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- Starting today, team owner Joe Gibbs needs a 2023 title sponsor for Kyle Busch because M&Ms isn’t coming back
- Gibbs and Busch both say they want to stay together, but the continued uncertainty has many in the garage saying Busch is pretty much gone from the No. 18 Toyota after this season.
- His son, Brexton, is only seven years old and is already one hell of a racer in his own right.
The NASCAR family may have gotten a glimpse of Kyle Busch’s future during a Saturday press briefing at Richmond Raceway. No, the two-time Cup Series champion hasn’t shed light on his immediate plans with Joe Gibbs Racing, but he’s anticipated what might happen over the next decade.
As of now, team owner Joe Gibbs needs a 2023 title sponsor for Busch because M&Ms isn’t coming back. Busch has recorded unimaginable numbers in his 15 years with JGR: 224 combined NASCAR wins, two Cup titles and one Xfinity. He is one of the most loved/hated drivers on the grid. He’s a cinch lock for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, maybe in the first round.
Gibbs and Busch both say they want to stay together, but the continued uncertainty has many in the garage saying Busch is pretty much gone from the No. 18 Toyota after this season. (A weekend rumor in Richmond has Busch becoming the full-time driver next year for Kaulig Racing).
Busch’s uncertain future continues to occupy much of his time.
“It’s at the forefront of discussions (with Gibbs),” he said. “Every week one if not probably the second question that gets asked is about this. It’s high up there, and that’s probably why it’s taking a little longer than expected. So we try to work through that.
Without giving any insight into his plans for 2023, Busch hinted at what’s happening as his son, Brexton, grows up.
“Wherever that next spot is (for Busch himself), whether it’s Joe Gibbs Racing or whoever it is, I wish I didn’t have to go through that again,” Busch said. “I’m still six, seven, maybe eight years (of racing) if I play it all perfectly.
“It’s the second time I’ve experienced this (potential loss of a trip). The last time was 15 years ago in Hendrick, and the landscape was totally different then. I had a 20-25 (future) track, so I had more track to stand on. But this situation (of Gibbs) is very important for me, as well as for Kyle Busch Motorsports. »
Busch turned 37 in May and has been a full-time NASCAR racer for 18 years, first in the Truck Series, then Xfinity and Cup. His son, Brexton, is only seven years old and is already one hell of a racer in his own right. His website shows a winner’s trophy looming over him, too heavy for him to hoist. “Obviously he’s quite talented,” his son’s father said. “He wins a lot. More than me, and I hear about it every day.
The family’s long-term plan looks like this: Busch will stay in the Cup while Brexton continues to transition from karts to more sophisticated small race cars. When he turns 16 (and gets his NASCAR license), he and his dad will share a ride in the Camping World Truck Series for a few seasons.
“And then it’s his truck when he’s 18 and I’m done,” Busch said. “I’m out…you know what I mean?” Like it was the perfect game. If I can line it all up, the trail exists for a Busch. If you want to see it that way, the track (for Brexton) is 30 years old. You know, he can carry on that legacy much longer than I can.
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