“Feel Like I Got Fired” – Kyle Busch On the Joe Gibbs Racing Reshuffle for 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 02/08/2021, 12:22 PM CST
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


When the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series concluded, Joe Gibbs Racing made a bold call. As it turned out, the outfit conducted a massive managerial overhaul within itself. To be exact, they swapped the personnel of two of the four Cup Series teams. Suffice to say, Kyle Busch was one of the drivers affected by the switch.

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Apparently, his long-time crew chief, Adam Stevens got re-assigned to Christopher Bell’s #20 car. Meanwhile, Busch reunited with crew chief Ben Beshore. Turns out, the two used to work together with Beshore working as a race engineer on Busch’s No. 18 team.

In addition to that, he also served as crew chief for Kyle Busch for the Xfinity Series, winning four races together.

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How did Kyle Busch react to the move?

“I kind of feel like I got fired from the 18 car and moved over to the 20 guys with the way everything played out, how it looks in the shop,” Busch confessed.

“Last time this all went down was 2015 when I had Dave Rogers. We were transitioning from Dave in 2014 to Adam in 2015. Adam, obviously he brought in kind of a whole new group of guys beside the car chief. Nate Bellows is the car chief.”

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 25: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kyle Busch revealed that something similar is taking place where Stevens is taking all of his crew to Bell‘s JGR garage. The 2015 and 2019 champion also shared a good working relationship with Bellows for a long time. As a result of this, they have stuck together several times.

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However, with Beshore arriving, he will be bringing most of the #20 crew with him. This is why Kyle Busch got a small vibe that he was technically fired and rehired.

Now, he will be looking ahead of the 2021 Cup season with Beshore and his new crew, hoping for redemption for a disappointing 2020.

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