In 2011, Richard Childress punched Kyle Busch and pit him in a headlock following a NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence race at Kansas. Over a decade later, by the way two days after the Cup Sequence occasion there, the 2 will be a part of forces.
In one in all—if not the most important free company signings in Cup Sequence historical past, Busch will depart Joe Gibbs Racing for Richard Childress Racing starting with the 2023 Cup season. He’ll drive the #8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, marking a return to the producer with whom he started his Cup profession in 2004.
“The addition of Kyle Busch to the Richard Childress Racing lineup is critical, not just for our organisation, however for the game as an entire,” acknowledged workforce proprietor Richard Childress. “Kyle is a confirmed contender on the highest ranges of the game, and I imagine that his expertise and dedication to motorsports will elevate our race program throughout the board. I’ve all the time admired Kyle’s driving model and his skill to win and race for championships ever since he entered the game. Who wouldn’t need a confirmed NASCAR Cup Sequence Champion driving their automobile?”
Busch entered the Cup Sequence in a Chevrolet with Hendrick Motorsports and spent 5 years there earlier than becoming a member of Joe Gibbs Racing. Over the subsequent fifteen seasons, he turned the JGR #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry right into a family face with fifty-six wins and two championships.
Nonetheless, M&M’s will end its longstanding sponsorship after 2022 on the identical time that Busch’s contract with JGR expires. Unable to search out enough sponsorship or conform to new phrases, Busch was courted by groups like RCR and Kaulig Racing earlier than making it official on Tuesday.
“Kyle has been a significant a part of our historical past and success right here at Joe Gibbs Racing,” stated JGR proprietor Joe Gibbs. “We’re grateful for all his contributions to our organisation through the years. If you take a look at all that he has achieved already, it’s actually outstanding, and we all know sometime we will probably be celebrating his Corridor of Fame induction. We additionally know he nonetheless has many extra achievements in our sport forward of him together with competing for the championship this season. We want Kyle, Samantha, Brexton, and Lennix the easiest.”
His seven-year-old son Brexton, who races on grime, has additionally joined the RCR organisation within the occasion that he continues his driving up the ranks.
The producer swap can even apply to Busch’s Truck Sequence workforce Kyle Busch Motorsports, which had solely fielded Toyotas since their formation in 2010. Consequently, JGR loses their Truck pipeline although different Toyota outfits embody Hattori Racing Enterprises and ThorSport Racing.
“Toyota and TRD are privileged to have raced with Kyle Busch, one of many biggest drivers in NASCAR historical past,” provided Toyota Racing Improvement president David Wilson. “Whereas we actually want Kyle the very best of luck sooner or later and congratulate him on his announcement to affix Richard Childress Racing, we’re upset and saddened that his future received’t proceed to be with Crew Toyota. Kyle has been an envoy for Toyota since becoming a member of the programme in 2008. He’s gone on to build up among the most prestigious milestones doable for the Toyota model, together with our first Cup Sequence win for the Camry and first Cup Sequence championship. He’ll undoubtedly maintain the file for essentially the most wins in a Toyota throughout all three championship collection for many years to come back.
“However greater than that, Kyle has been a good friend, a part of our household and has performed a key function within the improvement of a lot of our drivers by means of his possession of Kyle Busch Motorsports. We want nothing however the very best for Kyle and his whole household as he strikes into the subsequent chapter of his Corridor of Fame profession. We’re grateful to have been alongside for the journey.”
As a Chevrolet driver, Busch has twenty-one wins throughout the three NASCAR nationwide collection.
“We’d prefer to welcome Kyle again to Crew Chevy, the place he began his NASCAR profession,” added Chevrolet racing vp Jim Campbell. “As a sixty Cup race winner and two-time champion, he will probably be a helpful addition to Richard Childress Racing and the Chevrolet line-up. We sit up for working with Kyle beginning in 2023.”
Whereas Tyler Reddick stays contracted for 2023 earlier than paradoxically becoming a member of Toyota in 2024, RCR intends to maintain him in a newly opened third automobile.