Kyle Busch leaves Joe Gibbs Racing!

This season therefore marks the end of a 15-year collaboration between Busch and the team of Joe Gibbs, former American football coach winner of 3 Super Bowls. The 37-year-old won two Cup Series titles with the team in 2015 and 2019, and remains to this day the team’s most successful driver with 56 of his 60 victories gleaned under his famous number 18.

This announcement made in the prestigious setting of the NASCAR Hall of Fame puts an end to several months of uncertainty surrounding the rest of Kyle Busch’s career, who had lost his historic sponsor, the Mars group (M&M’s, Snickers, etc.) at the outcome of this season.

Kyle Busch and Richard Childress, a union for the best? ©NASCAR/Getty

By inheriting number 8, Kyle Busch succeeds prestigious pilots including Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Pearson, Wendell Scott or Sterling Marlin,

Busch leaves Toyota for Chevrolet

If we could sense Joe Gibbs’ desire to refresh his line up of drivers, it is on the other hand a big loss for the Japanese manufacturer Toyota which had built a very “Made in USA” communication around the popularity of its driver. Kyle Busch remains Toyota’s top trophy purveyor having given the brand 203 wins in NASCAR’s three major divisions.

Kyle Busch began his career at Chevrolet in 2005 with Hendrick Motorsports. He won four victories there before joining Gibbs in 2008. Only Denny Hamlin can claim more seniority, having joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2005.

A historic livery © Logan Riely/Getty Images

Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota now have to deal with the huge void left by Busch. To replace him, all eyes are on Ty Gibbs, the grandson of Joe Gibbs, five-time winner in the Xfinity Series this season. For 8 races, Ty Gibbs has replaced the injured Kurt Busch at 23XI Racing, a Joe Gibbs satellite team, one of whose shareholders is none other than Denny Hamlin.

However, the fact that Kyle Busch inherits the number 8 allocated this season to Tyler Reddick can suggest a completely different scenario. Reddick signed up for the 2024 season with 23XI Racing, a decision that had quite logically struck Richard Childress. It would therefore not be surprising to see Reddick leave the JGR in a hurry to join 23XI Racing a season ahead of schedule, where he could replace Kurt Busch. The latter by renouncing the Playoffs, judging himself insufficiently recovered from his accident at Pocono, fueled insistent rumors of retirement from sport.

One thing is certain, this 2022 season, the premiere of the Next Gen era, fully deserves its nickname of “Silly Season”!

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