Kyle Busch Blamed “Cheap” Joe Gibbs for Losing Key Member to Chase Elliott After Firing His Dad Years Ago

Published 08/23/2022, 12:15 PM EDT
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 02: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Mars Crunchy Cookie Toyota, waits on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 02, 2022 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Finding the right spotter is no easy task for any NASCAR driver, and when they find the perfect pair of eyes for them, the drivers wanna keep them forever. However, Kyle Busch lost his spotter because of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Busch revealed a fatal flaw with Joe Gibbs, while he also explained the reason he had to fire his own father!


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Busch was in an interview with NBC Sports, where he talked about his journey of finding the right spotter for himself. Surprisingly, Busch found his spotter when he worked with Chase Elliott‘s spotter, Eddie D’Hondt. However, he lost Eddie, and the reason is Joe Gibbs.

Kyle revealed, “I had Eddie D’Hondt who now spots for Chase [Elliott]. But when Eddie was with me, he was good. We had a good thing going.”

“He had a better opportunity to be with Chase. It was for more money or whatever, cause Gibbs is kinda cheap for spotters.”

CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch poses for a photo during the NASCAR 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

So according to Kyle Busch, he lost his spotter because Joe Gibbs Racing was cheap. Although he laughed about it, surely it would have been quite difficult for him to lose a good spotter.


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Fortunately, he seems to have the perfect spotter in Tony Hirschman. But one thing that fans might not know is that Busch had to fire his own father on his journey to find the right spotter!

Why Did Kyle Busch Fire His Own Dad?

Busch’s first spotter was his father. Of course, that seems like the easiest option, but it didn’t quite work out for Busch. In fact, it apparently got so bad that he had to fire his own father!

Busch revealed this in the same interview with NBC Sports.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 12: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 DeWalt Toyota, waits on the grid during practice for for the Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 12, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

He said, “I first started years ago, my dad spotted for me, and I had to fire my dad. Because we’re racing at Daytona or somewhere and he’s like, ‘car high, car high, car high’. And I look over and there is nobody on the outside of me, so what the hell are you watching?”


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So, what was it that caused his father the confusion? Moreover, why did he fire him?

Kyle revealed the reason as he said, “Come to find out, he would be watching me and Kurt [Kyle’s brother] all the time, and couldn’t separate the two of us.”


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It’s unfortunate that he had to fire his own dad. But, what matters is the story ended well for him.



Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh