Kyle Busch’s Old Crew Chief Talks About His Time With Busch After Joining Christopher Bell

Published 03/04/2021, 12:20 PM EST
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 22: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 22, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


Recently, Joe Gibbs crew chief Adam Stevens spoke to Steve Letarte on a number of subjects. Among them, he talked about the transition from being crew chief for Kyle Busch, to Christopher Bell’s crew chief. Stevens confessed that the transition was not easy, especially since he was with Busch for six years.

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He said, “The #20 team is the #18 and the #18 is the #20. You should have seen me at Daytona, walking into the #18 truck. I ran out of excuses about why I was in there, about the fifth time. Talked to everybody, asked every question, sampled what food they had and I’m still walking in there.”

Of course, Stevens can be forgiven for the multiple brain fades. He has been with Kyle Busch for so long that it has become a force of habit and anything else feels out of order.

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Adam Stevens and Kyle Busch have a long history together

Stevens has linked up with Kyle Busch for a long time. Together, the duo snagged two Cup Series championships in 2015 and in 2019. Since then, the two have decided to part ways for the 2021 season. While Busch is partnering Ben Beshore, Stevens has been re-assigned to be the crew chief of Christopher Bell.

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Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) waits for the restart of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently, the decision was Kyle’s as he wanted a couple of changes in the offseason. However, Stevens did not see eye-to-eye with him on Busch’s philosophy. This explains why they decided to part ways for the current season; both of them wanted to try something different and then see how things work out for them.

Now, both of them are in the thick of the 2021 Cup Series championship. So far, Bell has stormed to a maiden Cup Series win at the Daytona road course. Meanwhile, poor old Kyle Busch has yet to get off the mark, as his best finish is a 10th place at Homestead-Miami.

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