Kyle Busch Pokes Fun at Erroneous Reports Naming Him as 23XI Racing Driver

Published 08/28/2021, 1:23 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 06: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, walks on pit road during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Earlier today, reports confirmed that Kurt Busch would join the 23XI Racing team. However, Kyle Busch had a fun time when ESPN accidentally named him instead of Kurt. As a result, he decided to tease the media organisation and ‘congratulated’ himself. Of course, the fans also got in on the act and speculated about how Joe Gibbs Racing would react.

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Later on, the driver decided to take his joke even further. To achieve that, he elected to host a mock press conference, and the questions were understandably ridiculous. First and foremost, he ‘confirmed’ his racing number and revealed that his options were either #32 or #45.

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He said, “I’m so excited, this is going to be a great opportunity for me. I grew up as a huge fan of Michael Jordan, my wife’s from Chicago. So this is going to be a really cool time for me to be able to work with Michael Jordan and to be a part of his race team.”

Kyle Busch ‘denied’ certain rumors in the paddock

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The final question addressed some paddock rumors about Busch having a starring role in Space Jam 3. Obviously, this was a joke and it came on the back of LeBron James’ Space Jam: A New Legacy. Unfortunately for the ‘reporter’, Busch and his management elected to end the media session there and leave the question unanswered.

Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, the truth of the matter is that Kurt is the driver in the 23XI Racing second car. Meanwhile, Kyle himself is staying with Joe Gibbs Racing for now.

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For now, though, the Busch brothers will be concentrating on their 2021 NASCAR Cup Series campaign. Both of them have already made it into the playoffs, with one race left in regular season. They will also be aiming to perform well at Daytona before the real battle begins in the playoffs.

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