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RCR isn't Kyle Busch's first choice, but it's probably his best bet

The final years of Kyle Busch’s Cup Series career could be very difficult if long-time sponsor Mars Inc. and its M&Ms brand decide to continue sponsoring NASCAR rather than retire from sporting events after this season Possibly played out over the last 15 years — driving a No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Of course, as part of an already top-notch career, there are more chances of winning — Maybe a champion.

But now faced with the reality of having to replace multi-million dollar sponsorships to cover Busch’s salary as chief driver, JGR’s inability to find a similar option forced Busch to explore avenues.

As has happened many times in NASCAR, it is unlikely that it will end up being possible.


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Busch, 37, announced Tuesday that he will Start the season with Richard Childress Racing and drive the organization’s No. 8 Chevrolet as teammates to Austin Dillon and – at least for now – Tyler Redick, who will have to move to No. 8. Three yet-to-be-determined teams.

Earlier this season, RCR announced that it had received the 2023 option in Redick’s contract to drive the No. 8. Shortly thereafter, Reddick informed RCR that he would be joining 23XI Racing for 2024.

Reddick’s pre-announced plans for 2024 were not in line with RCR, no wonder why. Redick has proven to be one of the most promising talents in the Cup series, winning his first two series titles this season.

The next RCR champion?

So the last time a cup series was won was in 1994 with the late Dale Earnhardt Championship RCR, turning to equally controversial NASCAR stars to help keep its

The Bush announced the comparison.

“When I was with Kyle, we just started talking about championships, we talked about winning games, I looked him in the eyes, I saw that with Dale Earnhardt Look old gentleman’s eyes, he’s hungry – we’ll win,” Childress said.

“I’ve seen that look before, looking at Kyle, I’ve seen his talent from the Busch (now Xfinity) series and how he handles cars, cars The controls, the way he drives the car and his eclectic attitude.

“It’s the Dale Earnhardt style I’m used to racing, I think Kyle has a modern racing style”

Asked what he thought of the comparison to Earnhardt, Bush said: “It’s flattering, of course. But also points out that there is only one Dale Earnhardt.

This is true, just like there is only one Kyle Busch, which is probably what the RCR needs right now.

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, M&M's Toyota Camry

Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, M&M’s Toyota Camry

Photo by Nigel Kinrade / NKP / Motorsport Images

Busch said that as far as the continuation of his cup career is concerned, his priority is to find an organization that can win and compete from the start.

A bit late in his career Busch became a The cornerstone of the new organization, who frankly still leads his race, is a waste of talent.

In recent seasons, RCR has reinstated race-winning teams— — even more so this year, as the next-gen car debuts.

That’s enough for Busch.

And discussing the opportunity, it’s easy ,” Bush said.

“Just seeing their o real culture – being around Richard, talking to Austin (Dillon) and having the opportunity to see the full picture of what’s been going on in RCR lately, I think it’s very Easy.”

Complex relationship

To get to this point, Childress and Busch first have to overcome some rocky NASCAR history of their own.

In 2011, Childress took off her watch and hit Busch as part of a physical altercation at the Kansas Speedway garage. NASCAR fined Childress $150,000 and put him on probation for the rest of the season, resulting in the “Watch” incident.

But as they say, time heals all wounds.

As a “signing bonus,” Childress presented Bush with a new Rolex on Tuesday.

“Will you hold my watch?” Childress asked Busch as he presented the gift.

“Of course,” Busch replied.



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