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“He Needs 6 Million Bucks” – Kyle Busch Reveals Joe Gibbs’s Harsh “Money Game” as Former KBM Driver Eyes Cup Series Entry

Published 05/27/2023, 11:49 AM EDT

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Having some insider information before entering an unknown realm always benefits. Former Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch has some words of wisdom for Xfinity driver John Hunter Nemechek, who is currently eyeing a seat in the Cup Series. Speaking from experience, Busch laid out the harsh truth for all the upcoming drivers in one of his recent media interactions.

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During a pre-race interview at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch shared there are some financial barriers stopping talented drivers from climbing the ladder. Citing how the teams are unable to generate enough revenue, the two-time Cup Series champion quoted the amount of money Nemechek would require to save a seat in JGR.

Kyle Busch quotes a million-dollar figure for Xfinity driver to save a seat at JGR


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In the interview at Charlotte, a reporter mentioned that John Hunter Nemechek addressed the press earlier when media personnel asked him what his next step would be. Furthermore, some questioned the Xfinity driver if it was necessary for him to go back to trucks and work his way back up. Hence, the reporter asked Busch to share his opinion as the owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports on what Nemechek has to do to get to that next step.

It’s no secret that Busch lost his long-time association with JGR due to sponsorship and money-related issues. Hence, laying out the hard truth, he simply replied,


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“This isn’t to be mean or rude or a bad word … but he needs 6 million bucks and he’ll be in a JGR Cup car next year. That’s all he needs.”

It’s not a success game anymore, it’s a money game. So, if he can find the cash, then there’ll be a seat for him, I’m pretty sure,” he added.

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Does the same thing apply to his son Brexton Busch?

After hearing Busch’s answer, another reporter questioned if the same applied to his son Brexton Busch, who is currently the youngest Kyle Busch Motorsports driver. Admitting that it’s the same at all levels, the Richard Childress Racing driver said,


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“Oh yeah, we wouldn’t be racing the stuff that he is racing right now, or as much as he is racing right now, if it wasn’t for the SERVPRO sponsorship that we have on Brexton.

“So, there’s no question that you have to have funding behind you because these owners … there’s not enough money in the sport that they’re making … money that they’re willing to invest it into their talent pool, and into their driver pool, and put it out there.”

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Apart from this, Busch also explained how there are only a handful of individuals who have tried to break the mold of being overly reliant on sponsorships, naming Kyle Larson and HMS owner Rick Hendrick. Furthermore, he shared that he is glad to have some very good sponsors backing him up at RCR this season.

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Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. With a portfolio of over 500 articles, she is highly regarded for her ability to provide a nuanced and balanced perspective on the sport. With a Master's Degree in English literature, Devyani places great importance on the power of words and their ability to connect with readers.

Edited By: Nischal Kandpal