Kyle Busch enigmatic on his future at Joe Gibbs Racing after 2022

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Last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch became one of nine drivers in NASCAR history to win at least 60 races. Most of them are driving Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota, which he’s driven since 2008 and looks set to drive for the rest of his career – as long as circumstances allow.

Speaking to the media at Talladega Superspeedway ahead of the GEICO 500, Kyle Busch offered some cryptic answers regarding his status with Joe Gibbs Racing beyond 2022. Busch’s future with his racing team has been complicated by the exit of the long-time sponsor M&M’s, which leaves NASCAR altogether at the end of the season.

Although Busch said he couldn’t imagine himself racing anywhere other than Gibbs, he offered limited insight into the state of affairs and apparently considered the possibility that things might not work out contract-wise. .

“I’m not worried about it,” Busch said in a report by NASCAR.com’s Terrin Waack. “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Goodbye.”

Just a week shy of turning 37, Busch is still in his prime and continues to cement himself as one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers of all time. However, he went so far in stating he couldn’t imagine himself not driving for Joe Gibbs Racing to the point of implying he wouldn’t be racing otherwise, using a Days of Thunder reference, “I would say that I lost my way [like] Cole Trickle,” and saying he had become the transporter driver for his son Brexton’s racing program.

Interviewed later, car owner Joe Gibbs gave a more optimistic view of Busch’s situation.

“We are confident that we will get things done, so we are working hard on it,” he added. Gibbs told Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports. “It takes time.”

Busch’s last contract extension came in 2019, when he signed another multi-year contract the same season he won his second NASCAR Cup Series title. The exact terms and duration of the deal were not disclosed.

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