“Need to be Open-Minded” – Kyle Busch Reveals Plans for 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Season

Published 11/14/2020, 9:00 AM EST
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch is aware of what awaits him in 2021 in the Cup Series. He relishes the challenge of doing so, with a sense of optimism ahead of every new season.

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The two-time Cup Series champion did not endure a great 2020 season. One would have expected him to go through to the Championship 4 race but he got eliminated following the Round of 12.

Speaking in an interview, Busch is quoted as saying, “It’s been a tough season, we’ve certainly shown glimpses of speed. At times we’ve had a really good car, a really fast car at Texas.”

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Kyle Busch feels being ‘open-minded’ could work wonders in 2021

“I think we just need to be open-minded and work on some fresh ideas. And some things that we could come out of the box with next year.

“But I’m optimistic, I look forward to the start of every season. I always want to come out of the gate strong.”

The No.18 managed to win just the one race at Texas this season. However, that is exactly what the man from Nevada wants to do when the drivers hit the track at the Daytona 500 in February.

“You wanna win a few races and get that points cushion and those opportunities built up with those stage points. And everything you need to carry yourself onto the Playoffs.

“We just didn’t do that this year, so execution was down. But There’s gonna be a fresh start for everybody come Daytona and we’ve got to be ready for it.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing man did not put up a staunch defense of his title

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Although he started off the season with a few top-five finishes, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin largely dominated the regular season. However, the Round of 12 was where he needed to perform incisively.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver Kyle Busch (18) lead the field for the start of the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Following a decent P6 finish in his home race at Las Vegas, Busch failed to follow it up in Talladega where he secured 27th. However, the race at Charlotte where he finished 30th really made matters worse, and officially confirmed his elimination.

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Therefore, the task at hand for Busch would be to charge forward in the initial races of the season. Like he mentioned, getting a winning start could set up the foundation for the rest of 2021, for both him and Joe Gibbs Racing.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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