Report: Kurt Busch to Partner Danica Patrick’s Ex-Crew Chief at 23XI Racing in 2022

Published 11/04/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


With one race remaining in the NASCAR 2021 Cup Series season, the focus will slowly shift towards the upcoming season. Although it is important to crown a champion, the teams that are out of contention will have trained their focus on 2022. In the buildup to the next season, there has been a lot of shuffling in the driver market. Additionally, some drivers often end up having their crew chiefs follow them or head elsewhere. Next year, Kurt Busch is expected to head to the 23XI Racing stable.

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However, his current crew chief, Matt McCall, is off to Roush Fenway Racing to partner Brad Keselowski. Fortunately, Busch will still have a crew chief by his side, as Billy Scott is expected to join him. Scott currently deputises as the crew chief for the RSS Racing with Reaume Brothers and Our Motorsports in the Xfinity Series.

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However, he will be promoted up to the Cup Series and get to work with the 2004 Cup champion. It is worth mentioning that he has had several stints in the Cup Series and even worked with Busch on several occasions. Other drivers included former NASCAR racer, Danica Patrick, Mexican driver Daniel Suarez, and Kurt Busch himself.

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What lies ahead for Kurt Busch?

F0r the moment, the driver is focused on closing out the final race of the 2021 season. At the same time, it will be the final race for the Chip Ganassi Racing team, as the outfit prepares to leave the sport. Naturally, it meant that their 2021 drivers had to hunt for seats in the upcoming season.

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; The car of NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) catches fire after wrecking during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fortunately, the 23XI Racing team and swooped in to nab the highly experienced Busch. Meanwhile, the Trackhouse Racing team will acquire the services of Ross Chastain, as they are also fielding a second car. Admittedly, Scott’s appointment is not fully confirmed, especially since the 23XI Racing team has not bought a charter. However, the rumors are beginning to intensify, and an announcement could soon be imminent.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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