“Have to Sacrifice” – NASCAR’s Kyle Busch Reveals Why His Super Late Model Team Is Shut

Published 01/27/2021, 2:07 AM EST
Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads driver Kevin Harvick (4) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


In a spot of bad news for Kyle Busch, the driver was forced to shut down his Super Late Model program. Speaking to MRN Radio, the two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion confessed that the program “didn’t make sense.” However, there is a small ray of light at the end of the tunnel, as there is a chance of a return in the future.

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“Unfortunately, I shut my Super Late Model team down,” Busch said. “That was just one of the things that I couldn’t seem to find the right circumstances and right people to run that thing for me. It just didn’t make sense right now anymore. We’ll see if it makes sense in the future. Those are the kind of things you have to sacrifice and put aside.”

Following the announcement, racing driver Sammy Smith signed a deal with Donnie Wilson Motorsports in 2021. Additionally, Smith will link up with crew chief Seth Holbrook over the summer.

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When will Kyle Busch return to the Late Model scene?

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver hopes that this departure is not permanent. He declared that when the time is right, he and his team will return to Super Late Model racing.

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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)

Kyle Busch can proudly say that he has won at almost every Super Late Model track he’s set foot on. Of course, he does not have the perfect record, as there are some tracks where he has fallen short of a win.

It is worth mentioning that Busch’s team has clinched four Snowball Derby triumphs. In addition to that, the outfit won the Winchester 400 on four occasions. He also reached Victory Lane at the All-American 400, Oxford 250, Winter Showdown, Rattler 250, and Slinger Nationals.

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Now, the driver will be solely focused on his Cup Series career and other NASCAR projects. This includes his Truck Series team, Kyle Busch Motorsports.

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