With each passing day, there’s seemingly a little more suspense surrounding where Kyle Busch will land for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. The rumor mill has Kaulig Racing and Richard Childress Racing as potential frontrunners to bring the two-time Cup Series champion into the fold, but no one – aside from perhaps Busch himself – knows who’s truly in the running for his services. It’s even still within the realm of possibility that Busch could remain at Joe Gibbs Racing, although that scenario seems somewhat unlikely despite Busch saying during last week’s NASCAR Playoff Media Day in Charlotte, North Carolina that JGR remains in the mix.
What does seem likely is an announcement from Busch in the next week or two on the organization he’ll drive for in 2023 and perhaps beyond. Will it come this weekend at Kansas, a track where he’s a two-time Cup Series winner? Asked last week about a possible timeline for revealing his destination team, Busch made it clear that he wants to make an announcement sooner rather than later. “I was hoping yesterday. Needs to be,” Busch said during the NASCAR Playoff Media Day. “I’m not going to put a timeline on it, but time is ticking and there are a lot of other options and a lot of other dominoes that need to fall. Just talking amongst others, I’m the first one that needs to go.”
In other words, Busch knows his decision will impact others in the “Silly Season” mix, so he’d rather not hold up the show. He also admits that not having a 2023 contract in ink is something that he’s been spending a lot of time thinking about. “It weighs on you … every day of the week,” he said. Will the load of not knowing what’s next be lifted soon for Busch, possibly even at Kansas? Stay tuned.