Kyle Busch announces NASCAR switch
By Iwan Jones
Wednesday 14th September, 2022 - 12:41pm
After 15 years with Joe Gibbs Racing, two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is set to join Richard Childress Racing next season.
The Nevada native’s departure from the North Carolina-based team ends a partnership that delivered two titles, as well as 56 premier-level victories, with his most recent victory arriving in the 2022 dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway in April.
The 37-year-old is looking forward to the next chapter of his career with one of the most storied teams in pit lane.
“RCR has an impressive history in NASCAR and I’m honoured that Richard is putting his trust in me to come in and continue to build on that legacy,” he said.
“Growing up in a family of passionate racers myself, I feel like the culture that the Childress family has built within their organisation will be an ideal fit for me.
“As I begin the next chapter of my career, I’m looking forward to driving for RCR and working with everyone there to add more wins and championships to both of our resumes.”
Team owner Richard Childress acknowledged the significance of Busch’s signing.
“Kyle is a proven contender at the highest levels of the sport, and I believe that his experience and dedication to motorsports will elevate our race program across the board,” Childress said.
“I’ve always admired Kyle’s driving style and his ability to win and race for championships ever since he entered the sport.
“Who wouldn’t want a proven NASCAR Cup Series Champion driving their car?
“He’s hungry, we’re going to win.”
Following the announcement, Joe Gibbs paid tribute to his outgoing driver.
“Kyle has been a major part of our history and success here at Joe Gibbs Racing,” Gibbs said.
“We are thankful for all his contributions to our organisation over the years.
“When you look at all that he has accomplished already, it is truly remarkable, and we know someday we will be celebrating his Hall of Fame induction.
“We also know he still has many more achievements in our sport ahead of him including competing for the championship this season.”
Busch is currently competing for his third Cup Series championship in the NASCAR Playoffs, which continues this weekend with a night race at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 17.