Kyle Busch is likely to join the Richard Childress Racing team in 2023

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Kyle Bush is Likely to join Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series for the 2023 season, according to Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal. It wasn’t unexpected after the rumors started heating up over the past week.

Why is Busch likely to switch to Richard Childress Racing, what does this mean for Kyle Busch Motorsports and others, and what are the next potential moves in the silly NASCAR season?

Most likely Kyle Bush transfer to Richard Childress Racing

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No one could reasonably have foreseen the idea of ​​Busch taking a trip with Richard Childress Racing before the start of the 2022 season. He was motivated by a decision by Mars to leave the sport at the end of the year.

There were many options available to the 37-year-old driver and there was a tremendous amount of work to go on during the process. It’s certainly not likely to see Busch move from Joe Gibbs Racing.

Some of the other options in the process included 23XI Racing, Kaulig Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. Hendrick Motorsports was thrown all over but nothing came of it.

At the end of the day, going back to car number 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing made more sense but that’s clearly not the decision. It is a failure on both sides not to continue this partnership moving forward if it is the number one goal.

23XI Racing would have had no place for Busch if his brother Kurt Busch decided to return next season. Kaulig Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing went in different directions at the end of the process.

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Moving to Richard Childress Racing was the most realistic option if he were to leave Toyota Racing. The organization represents Busch’s realistic best camp Chevrolet team in terms of competitive gear.

In addition, this will help Chevrolet not only in the Trophy series but also in the NASCAR truck series as the Bosch organization will be willing to switch to the manufacturer.

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Kyle Busch Motorsports currently plays Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechic and Corey Heim as its drivers; However, most, if not all, of them are Toyota drivers and not company drivers.

So, if Kyle Busch Motorsports is going to switch to Chevrolet, you’re unlikely to see drivers make that move either. Toyota Racing may need to increase support across its teams and find other landing spots.

It would be a massive, massive shift in the series’ landscape. Seven Toyota drivers made qualifying compared to two Chevrolet drivers, and one Ford driver. Now, one of the Truck Series’ largest enterprises can move to Chevrolet.

Chevrolet will absolutely love this move as it increases its presence in the series. The majority of its drivers struggled during the 2022 season after GMS Racing reduced its presence due to the NASCAR Cup Series program.

It is impossible to predict what might happen next in the truck chain. Who will be Kyle Busch Motorsports’ drivers as a Chevrolet team? The best program for Chevrolet in the series will be on GMS Racing.

The top prospect will likely move to the organization, which is similar to what they’ve been doing for years with Toyota Racing. It will be very interesting to see who will join the team.

Additionally, could a team like Hattori Racing get more support from Toyota and disrupt its drivers who were left out of the ride due to Kyle Busch Motorsports’ switch to Toyota? Who will become the best Toyota team now?

There are many questions that will be answered but each of them will have solutions in time.

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Assessing upcoming moves in the silly NASCAR season

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Bush’s move to Richard Childress Racing raises more questions than answers than whether he will return to Joe Gibbs Racing next season. It all starts with what’s next for Tyler Riddick.

Richard Childress previously said he could add a third car for Bosch, but is there a chance they won’t be able to rent it? Childress could put Riddick in a third, non-rented car as a result of the ad.

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If it doesn’t and Riddick isn’t in a renter entry, he could be off next season’s trip. Perhaps, 23XI Racing could somehow find a way to bring it in earlier than initially planned.

As for the #18 car left vacant at Joe Gibbs Racing, it will almost certainly be Ty Gibbs. It wouldn’t be a surprise after Gibbs was collaborating with Kurt Bosch. True, it was not great, but it is to be expected for a young driver.

This opens the door for Sammy Smith to enter the NASCAR Xfinity Series on a full-time basis. The new era of Joe Gibbs Racing is coming soon with Gibbs, Smith and Christopher Bell representing the future after years of fielding an older lineup of drivers.

Now that Richard Childress is likely to race Busch, it looks like Kaulig Racing will have announcements during Fan Day on October 5, which is in about a month. The organization is set to have “the unveiling of the paint scheme and the announcement of the driver for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series.”

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AJ Allmendinger and Daniel Hemric seem like obvious candidates to fill in the #16 car if it had a full-time driver. Then it will open a hole in the Xfinity series lineup which could see someone like Jeffrey Earnhardt fill the role moving forward.

Stewart-Haas Racing appears to be set on the side of the NASCAR Cup Series. The only question is whether Cole Caster will stay in car number 41 or Ryan Price will take the lead. It makes sense to keep Custer and give him another season.

On the Xfinity Series side, could Riley Herbst see himself landing at JR Motorsports? Car #9 needs a sponsored driver and Herbst may be on the verge of winning a race with the speed and improvement we’ve seen this season. If not, returning to Stewart-Haas Racing makes sense.

There will be many moves that come from Busch’s transition to Richard Childress Racing. It’s a massive shift in the NASCAR landscape but the speculation may soon be over.

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