Kyle Busch Reveals He Would’ve Raced Even If His Own Family Member Had Passed Away as Denny Hamlin Emotional Moment Comes to Light

Published 11/07/2022, 11:15 AM EST

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Phoenix might have been a great race for Joey Logano and Roger Penske but for most of the NASCAR community, the grand finale of the 2022 playoffs was clouded with sadness. Especially, for Joe Gibbs Racing, as right before their only Cup Series Champion in this era ran his last race, the team’s boss lost his son, Coy Gibbs. Even Kyle Busch couldn’t hold back as he was flooded by emotions.

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And it turns out, Denny Hamlin had to hug his teammate before he ran his last race.

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Ty Gibbs lost his father, and naturally, that was an important topic of conversation as a reporter asked whether he would skip a race like Ty did had he been in the same situation.

Busch replied, I think everybody always kind of says that, you know, if it was a family member of mine. I would probably have still ran today because this is all we know. This is what we have grown up doing for life. And so I don’t think that was ever a question that we don’t run today.”

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It’s probably expected from someone like Kyle, whose entire family is passionate about racing. Yet, things got quite emotional even with him leaving.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch hugged

But of course, it was also the Two-Time Cup Series Champion’s last race and he admitted it got very emotional. Especially between him and his teammate, as they hugged ahead of the race.

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The former JGR driver talked about his teammate, “Yeah. I mean, Denny and I as much as we may not see eye to eye or see the same path sometimes. We do respect one another A whole ton. And we will forever. I hope that we have the opportunity to race each other. You know, not as teammates as we have as teammates, at least. And you know, he’s really close to the family. He’s been there since the very beginning.

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“We’re both emotional anyways, at the start of it, we both had our reason why I couldn’t even look at my car to begin with. And it was the last time I’m gonna see it now.”

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is a NASCAR and F1 Writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. When the Stock Cars rev up, you can find him cheering Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch, in hopes of seeing one of them drive to the Victory Lane.
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Nizamul Haque Bhuyan

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