Kyle Busch to Richard Childress Racing in 2023

Kyle Busch to Richard Childress Racing in 2023

Noah Ritter , Author

This year has been a much more different year for NASCAR, the new next-gen car changing how drivers race on the track, new drivers in the Cup Series, and two driver concussions, but nobody would have expected Kyle Busch to leave Joe Gibbs Racing. It all started last winter when Mars announced they would be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing, JGR knew they were going to have to find new sponsorship. Everyone would assume they would find the sponsorship, but there was some concern after an interview with Busch at Talladega. A reporter asked Busch if “goodbye” was an option meaning if he would leave JGR. Busch told the reporter to “Ask Joe Gibbs”. But Fox reporter Bob Pockrass had seen team owner Joe Gibbs and Gibbs said “We’re confident we’re going to get things done. So we’re just working hard at it. It takes awhile”. As summer started everyone was still thinking Busch would stay with JGR. But it was getting later into the season and it became clear that Kyle Busch would not be racing for JGR in 2023. Some reporters said Busch could be racing for Kaulig Racing, 23XI racing, Richard Childress Racing, or even Stewart HAAS Racing. On September 10, 2022, Jordan Bianchi, a reporter for The Athletic reported that Busch will join Richard Childress Racing in 2023 but there was still no official announcement by Busch or RCR. On September 13, 2022, Busch announced that he would be racing for Richard Childress Racing in 2023 and would drive the 8-car. His son, Brexton Busch, was also offered a contract option for when he is old enough to race in NASCAR. The 8 car is Tyler Reddick’s car but Reddick made an announcement earlier in the year he would be racing for 23XI starting in 2024. So Reddick would still drive for RCR in 2023. But on October 15, 23XI Racing made an announcement that Tyler Reddick would drive for 23XI one year early and he will now drive for them in 2023 instead of driving for RCR. With Busch going to RCR, Joe Gibbs has not made an announcement on who would replace the two-time Cup Series champion. It is clear that it will be Gibbs’s grandson, Ty Gibbs. Gibbs is racing in the 54-car in the Xfinity Series but no announcement has been made about him driving in the cup series. Gibbs has been driving in the Cup Series for 23XI Racing since Kurt Busch has been injured in Pocono with a concussion a few months ago. With Busch going to RCR this is a huge steal for RCR but a huge loss for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch won 56 races with JGR and two championships in Cup. 2020, 2021, and 2022 have not been good for Busch so he hopes driving for a new team will be a new start.