The Case of Two Landing Points for NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch in 2023

The long-running saga surrounding Toyota driver Kyle Busch’s upcoming NASCAR Cup Series ride may be over as early as this weekend. Can.

very Can.

Nine days ago, David Wilson, Toyota’s racing development chief, said there could be a solution to the Bosch issue “within seven to ten days”. After 15 years, 56 wins, and two Cup Series titles with Joe Gibbs Racing, the company hasn’t found a suitable new sponsor for Bosch and his #18 M&M Mars Toyota. The JGR lineup for 2023 appears to be set with the signings of Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell, leaving one seat available.

It is now certain that Bosch will be gone from JGR after this season. Still the biggest question of the year is, where Is he going? If recent speculation means anything – including a strong hint from Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Twitter – Richard Childress Racing, Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing – are the favorites to take part in this weekend’s three-race program at Kansas Speedway.

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Team owner Richard Childers has already signed his grandson, Austin Dillon, to continue Chevrolet’s two-car team. His teammate Tyler Reddick is committed to Chevrolet’s No. 8 in RCR for next year, but has already signed with 23XI Racing for 2024. It’s no secret that a very angry Childress doesn’t want Reddick in the lame-duck season of 2023. (If he says otherwise, look for crossed fingers behind his back.) If all contracts can be settled, there is definitely a place for Busch at No. 8 of the RCR.

23XI Racing of Hamlin and Michael Jordan have a spot available. Or is it? Bubba Wallace is set for the foreseeable future in the #23 Toyota, but her teammate Kurt Bosch’s stature remains a mystery. The former champion was injured in the Pocono plane crash in July and missed the last seven races with concussion-like symptoms.

Ty Gibbs, a full-time Xfinity Series driver, was on the old Busch car, but is not considered a viable full-time replacement because he will replace Kyle Busch when the #18 car becomes available. Whatever the specifics, it is recognized that Gibbs will not get On the same salary that JGR was paying Kyle Bush. Of course, you get what you pay for.

It has been suggested that Kyle Busch may switch to 23XI Racing to replace his older brother. Some NASCAR insiders predict that Kurt Bosch’s concussions will sideline him for the rest of this season. Others believe that at 45 and awaiting a Hall of Fame invocation, his NASCAR career may be over. Bush says he wants to return to racing once he is medically cleared, either this year or the next.

It was once thought that Chevrolet-based College Racing He was a strong bidder on Kyle Bush, but that speculation seemed to have faded away. Also… Kyle to 23XI Racing will make it easier for Kyle Busch Motorsports to enjoy the ongoing support of TRD for their Truck Series program.

Busy weekends in Kansas

More details about next year’s All-Star race at North Wilkesboro Speedway – they’ll be conversation fodder during Kansas Speedway’s busy weekend.

The Camping World Truck Series has 134 laps, 200 miles on Friday night, the Xfinity series has 200 laps, 300 miles on Saturday afternoon, and the Cup Series has 267 laps, 400 miles on Sunday afternoon at 3.

Hollywood Casino 400 is the second of three races in the first round of the four-round Playoff Championship Series. Finishing fourth last weekend in Darlington, former champ Joey Logano is six points ahead of William Byron in Kansas. Hamlin, Bill, Riddick, no-win Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, and Ross Chastain are 1-8 in the standings.

22 regular season champion and four-time winner Chase Elliott is ninth, followed by Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Austin Cendrick, Dillon, Chase Briscoe and former champion Kevin Harvick in ninth and 16th. The Tour is in Bristol, TN on September 16-17 for the third and final race of Round One.

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