NASCAR Fans React as Kyle Busch Rules Out “Plotting” a Move to Help JGR Teammate Martin Truex Jr

Published 08/14/2022, 2:15 PM EDT
LOUDON, NH – JULY 18: Kyle Busch, driver of the (18) Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, before the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18, 2021, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

As we all know, NASCAR Cup Series Driver Kyle Busch hasn’t had the best of the season this year. But he doesn’t have a lot to worry about as he is safely into the playoffs. The person, however, who should worry about his playoff chances is his teammate Martin Truex Jr.

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In light of this, Busch was recently asked quite a straightforward question. But his cryptic answer managed to stir up the internet.

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To be specific, he was asked if there was a strategy to get Martin Truex Jr in the playoffs. To which he replied, “That’s a bad question. We’re at Richmond. I have an itch.”

This could mean a lot of things, though. Either he meant that he had the confidence to pull in the win for himself, or maybe he’s hinting at the fact that Truex Jr has been strong at Richmond before.

Martin Truex Jr won on this track last year and would hope to dominate once more this Sunday. However, if his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate has no intentions to help him, it might be an interesting dynamic to see during the race.

There’s also a possibility that Kyle’s interest to win the race himself stems from the fact that his season has not been anything particularly interesting. And since his contract talks have hit a snag, another win might just prove to be a good bargaining chip for his future.

But if Busch does so, his teammate might suffer as there are barely enough races left for Truex Jr to score a win and get into the playoffs.

NASCAR fans reacted to Kyle Busch’s “I have an itch” comment

Fans took to Twitter to share their reactions to Busch’s comments, while some were speculating that he meant something else.

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 22: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, walks on stage driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 22, 2021, in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Some fans pointed out that this was a classic Kyle Busch type of thing to say. But overall, the response was mixed in nature. While a few also suggested that Kyle’s answer might not be as simple as it seems.

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Let us know what you think Kyle meant by that answer. Does he wish to win himself? or is he hinting that Martin might just grasp a win since he’s previously done so?

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Also, what are your predictions for tonight’s race? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog, 'Noobs Onboard', for a while now, covering NASCAR, F1, W Series, MotoGP, WRC and the WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade now, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

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