Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing contact extension drama is an ongoing topic for months, and speculation about his future with the team has been up in the air.
During Christopher Bell post race interview at New Hampshire Joe Gibbs said he’s surprised JGR his race team has yet to agree to a contract extension with two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch to for the 2023 season.
Busch’s future at JGR was in doubt after M&M Mars announced they won’t be sponsoring the No.18 car after the end of this season.
M&M had sponsored Kyke Busch ever since he joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008.
“It’s been hard,” Gibbs said Sunday after Christopher Bell victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the organization. “We’re working really hard to try and get things done, and it is hard, though.
He continued “You’ve got to put a lot in place to make things work out, and we’re working as hard as we can. We’re going after it, a number of different directions. So yeah, I’m surprised at this point that we haven’t been able to get that finished.”
This week before the Cup Series race at New Hampshire Busch confirmed he’s talked to other NASCAR teams.
“The short answer is yes,” When asked if he’d had any talks with other teams about next year Busch admitted. “But, yeah, anything is possible, obviously. There’s all different kinds of things that can play out. It’s just a matter of what does.”
Kyle Busch says until someone else is announced to drive the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 car, he feels he has a seat there.
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“It would be nice sooner than later, but honestly, it doesn’t matter how soon or how late it gets done,” Busch said. “Until there’s an announcement that somebody else is driving the 18 car, then I feel like I still have a seat.”
Kyle Busch could be on his way out of JGR if his team cannot find him a new sponsor following M&M’s departure.