Kyle Busch has spent the entire 2022 season waiting to nail down his plans for the 2023 Cup Series season. When it became obvious a couple of months ago that Joe Gibbs Racing may not be able to secure a replacement primary sponsor for the Mars Inc. candy brand that’s ending its 15-year relationship with Busch after 2022, the winner of 60 Cup Series and two Cup championships took matters into his hands and began having conversations with other teams about the future.
Well, those conversations all came to a head on Tuesday when Busch revealed that he’ll compete for Richard Childress Racing next season. With that load off his shoulders, Busch can now turn more of his focus to finishing the 2022 season strong and possibly even bringing home a championship in his final season with JGR.
Of course, doing this won’t be easy. Not only is Busch now officially a lame-duck driver with his current team, but he’s also two points back of the cutline for advancing to the Round of 12. If there’s any track on the schedule, though, where Busch should be able to recover from his deficit, it’s Bristol. Along with winning the race on the Bristol dirt back in April, Busch has gone to Victory Lane on Bristol’s more familiar concrete surface an impressive eight times – including three times in the Bristol night race. Of course, a win this weekend would punch his ticket into the Round of 12 regardless of what happens with anyone else.