After a long and successful stint with Joe Gibbs Racing, two-time NASCAR champion Kyle Busch is set to start a new adventure.
Busch’s 15-year tenure at JGR ended with the last race of the season at Phoenix Raceway. There were a lot of memories and friends along the way and even though the separation has been bitter recently, Busch is nothing but happy with his time driving for JGR.
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He would have wished to end the season with them on a high note, but Busch is taking the 7th place finish in his final race for them.
“Probably just the adrenaline, the focus and all of that stuff,” Busch said. “Once you put a helmet on, you know, you’ve got enough stuff going on that you’re worried about everything else. So you know, no different than anything. Of all the trials I’ve been through this year, today was obviously the worst of it all, and the hardest of it all. Just gave it everything I had, and that’s all we had. So, wish it could have been better, wish it could have been a top five, you know, top three, run a little bit better, but I’ll take the satisfaction in the top Gibbs car.”
The finish made him the top-finishing driver for the organization.
In the build-up to the season finale, the NASCAR world was saddened by the news of Coy Gibbs’ passing. The son of Joe Gibbs passed out in his sleep. Busch spoke about Coy after the race and likened Coy to himself in some respects.
“He was a lot like me,” Busch said. “He didn’t take any bull—- and told everybody the way it was and straight to their face, you know. So, loved Coy for that, and for his tenacity. He took on a huge role in filling the shoes of his brother, and maybe a little bit more on the competition side than the business side in that respect. But he’s done nothing but try to push us all to go forward and to win races and be competitive and to be strong and all that. And so, honestly, that’s what I’ll remember most about him.”
After the media duties, Busch went back to the No. 18 hauler for one last time, where he hugged a number of team members before departing with his brother, Kurt.
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