Kyle Busch will join Richard Childress Racing in 2023

CHARLOTTE, NC – A move once considered unimaginable became a reality Tuesday when Kyle Busch announced he would be driving the #8 for Richard Childress Racing next season.

“This is probably one of the biggest days of my life and my career,” Bush said.

“What a great day,” said car owner Richard Childers.

Bosch described his decision to join RCR as a “no-brainer” and cited the chance to win races as a factor. It’s a multi-year deal, Bush said.

The 37-year-old Bush was declared inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where his career will be honored once completed.

The two-time Cup Champion – the series’ only active Cup champion – will move to RCR after having been with Joe Gibbs Racing since 2008.

Bush scored 56 of 60 career cup victories with Joe Gibbs Racing. No other driver has won so many sequential races at that time. He is followed by Jimmy Johnson at 50 and Kevin Harvick at 49.

Busch has won a total of 146 races in the Cup and Xfinity with Joe Gibbs Racing, and has scored 90 Xfinity wins with the organization.

Bosch thanked car owner Joe Gibbs for everything he did for him.

In a statement, Gibbs said, “Kyle has been a key part of our history and success here at Joe Gibbs Racing. We are grateful for all of his contributions to our organization over the years. When you look at all he’s already accomplished, it’s really amazing, and we know one day we’ll be celebrating.” founding the Hall of Fame.

“We also know he still has a lot to do in our sport including vying for the championship this season. We wish Kyle, Samantha, Brixton and Lenx the best.”

Wherever Bush goes, he will make an impact, Harvick said in late July.

“I know there’s a lot going on about Kyle, but in the end Kyle is still one of the best things to come through in this garage,” Harvick said. “There are a lot of teams that can say that they have never had one of these types of drivers. He could literally rebuild an organization if someone took a chance that they did not have one of these types of drivers.”

Bush became Richard Childress Racing’s first Cup champion since Dale Earnhardt, who died in a last-lap accident at the 2001 Daytona 500.

“We would like to welcome Kyle back to the Chevy team, where he began his NASCAR career,” Jim Campbell, Chevrolet US Vice President of Performance and Motorsports, said in a statement. As a 60-time Cup race winner and two-time champion, he will be a valuable addition to Richard Childress’ racing and Chevrolet lineup. We look forward to working with Kyle starting in 2023.”

Childress said sponsor announcements will come later. He said he told Tyler Riddick about an hour before the announcement that he won’t be eighth next year. Randall Burnett, who is Reddick’s crew chief this season, will be Busch’s crew chief next year.

Childress said RCR will have three charters for next year and have Busch, Reddick and Austin Dillon in the lineup.

Nobody could have imagined at the start of the year that this would be Busch’s last season with JGR.

But Bush was going down that path after a sponsor pulled out of negotiations with Joe Gibbs Racing earlier this year. The team needed a new sponsor after that Mars announced last year that they would not be returning to the team and the series.

Joe Gibbs Racing held talks with Oraclea tech company based in Austin, Texas, to sponsor Busch’s 18th team, but that failed when the tech market changed and Oracle began looking at cutting costs and issuing layoffs.

Without a sponsor, it became difficult for Gibbs to sign with Bush. Talk to other teams. Those that emerged as leaders were Kaulig Racing, RCR and 23XI Racing.

Busch and Childress’ pairing offers a unique tandem between ex-fighters.

Annoyed by Bush’s actions toward his truck chain drivers, Childress found Bush in a garage in Kansas in 2011, removed his watch, and repeatedly hit Bosch. NASCAR has fined Childress $150,000 for inciting a fight.

They have since bridged the gap and will start working together in 2023.

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