Kyle Busch Joins 2-Car Chevrolet Team in 2023: Report

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Kyle Busch will join Richard Childress Racing.

One of NASCAR’s most successful partnerships will end after the 2022 season. The Athletic have reported that Kyle Busch will move to Richard Childress Racing after 15 seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing, 56 wins and two championships.

Jordan Bianchi broke the news on September 10 as Xfinity Series racers prepared to take on Kansas Speedway. He said that multiple sources told The Athletic that Busch will indeed move to Richard Childress Racing for the 2023 season. An announcement is expected on Tuesday, September 13.

Busch faces direct questions about a possible move to Richard Childress Racing on the morning of September 10. “I don’t have any news to share,” Busch said during his media availability. “If I do, I guarantee there will be some kind of big announcement. … Still working on it behind the scenes trying to put it all together. It’s not finished yet.”

There are clear questions about Busch and his unique history with Richard Childress. The team owner famously told Austin Dillon to “hold my watch” at the Kansas Speedway in 2011 before heading into the garage and punching Busch. This situation was long gone, and it seemed that it would not be a hindrance for him to join RCR.

“Who said he didn’t hit me again in this conversation?” Busch joked during his media availability. “Every time you negotiate, it’s never fun, so you always give in. You grow and you work through things. It was okay the first time I sat down with him.”

If this announcement takes place on September 13 as expected, it will likely provide clarity on other organizations. Kyle Busch Motorsports, the winning Truck Series team, is part of Toyota Racing Development. If Busch moved to RCR, it makes sense that KBM would also move to Chevrolet.

“No, I’m definitely not comfortable in that position,” Busch said of his team’s status. “Trying to put all the right things in the right places at the same time is the goal and the goal. It’s not going to happen that way, but we will definitely continue to fight for it to ensure that KBM is at the forefront and we have a place to go to truck racing next year.”


There Are Some Key Questions About This Step

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GettyKyle Busch speaks to the media at the Kansas Speedway.

Busch leaving Joe Gibbs Racing has been an expected move in recent weeks, but the joining of Richard Childress Racing raises several other questions. In particular, will either of the two leading teams thrive for the 2023 season?

RCR currently have Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick under contract for the 2023 season. Reddick will move to 23XI Racing at the end of the year, but he reiterated on September 10 that his plan is to stay at RCR and finish his contract.

Similarly, 23XI Racing has two drivers under contract for 2023. Kurt Busch has the No. 45 which is available to him for as long as he wants it while Bubba Wallace has just signed a multi-year extension to stay at No. 23.

There was a scenario where RCR could buy the remainder of Reddick’s contract so he could go to 23XI Racing one year early. However, Busch had to leave the competition full-time, or Denny Hamlin had to add three cars. He currently only has two charters.

“I don’t think so. I think Tyler wants to play his contract at RCR and that’s what he’s always wanted,” Hamlin said in a press conference on September 10. “We don’t plan anything other than that. Kurt will push 45 as far as we understand and unless he says different and if he says different then we have several options that we are considering. But we never intended to get Tyler before 2024.”

RCR may also choose to expand to a third team for the 2023 season. They are in the same position as 23XI Racing. RCR must purchase a charter to accommodate Busch, Dillon, and Reddick, or the organization must run open entries throughout the season.


Sponsors Also Remain Unknown

The number of available seats is of greatest concern at RCR and 23XI Racing. However, there are other important questions that need to be answered before the 2023 Series Cup season.

According to Bianchi, the sponsorship situation is unclear. There are no details on whether RCR will have a new sponsor to support Busch when he returns to Chevrolet.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s departure all began when Mars, Inc. announced that they would be leaving NASCAR at the end of the 2022 season. Busch’s longtime major partner left a huge hole to fill, and JGR was unable to find a suitable replacement while simultaneously taking part in contract negotiations with Busch.

RCR has multiple partners split between Dillon and Reddick. Will one of them move to Busch when he joins for the 2023 season, or will a new partner jump in and agree to support the two-time Cup Series champion?

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