Monday, December 5, 2022

Kurt Busch hinting that 2023 could be last season

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – MAY 15: Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Jordan Brand Toyota, celebrates in the Ruoff Mortgage victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

With Tyler Redick signed to a contract with 23XI Racing for the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season, and age becoming a factor, Kurt Busch did not shy away hinting that next season could be his last.

“I’ve been in this sport 23 years, and this, to me, is like one of those kid-in-the-candy-store moments of, ‘I wanna be part of this.’ And I’m glad that I’m having the chance to drive next year for the team, and I might be done driving after that” said Busch while appearing on CBS Mornings on Thursday.

When asked to explain further about his future Busch responded.

“There’s a few different options, and for me, the team that just gave me so much respect about a month ago. They said, ‘You can drive as long as you want to drive for us. We really appreciate you driving.’ “Well, we needed to start to look at who the next new talent is, where the sponsorships are. … We just signed a new guy, Tyler Reddick, to 23XI, so we’re building.”

Busch will turn 44 in two weeks, has 34 wins in the Cup Series in his career and was the 2004 Series champion. With a win at Kansas Speedway earlier this season he is set to be in the upcoming playoffs.

When asked directly if he was ready for retirement Busch responded “maybe not.”

John Boarman
John Boarmanhttp://www.tireball.com
Founder and Owner of Tireball Sports.

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