Surprise NASCAR Teams Emerge as the Front-Runners in the Kyle Busch Rat Race

Published 08/06/2022, 12:55 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 24: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch poses for a photo during the NASCAR 2017 Media Tour at the Charlotte Convention Center on January 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The NASCAR silly season is here. While most drivers have already secured themselves a seat for the next season and beyond, Kyle Busch is still in the middle of a contract debacle as he remains with an uncertain future. However, there are a few other teams that seem to be an option for Busch to continue racing next year.

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The contract troubles have been looming over Kyle Busch for a pretty long time now. And all the problems seem to be coming from M&M’s decision to withdraw their sponsorship from the sport. Both Joe Gibbs racing and Toyota have been working hard to find a replacement sponsor for Busch. But to date, nothing has been figured out for the two-time champion.

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During an interview, Busch stated, “I feel as though I’ve said, and I’ll continue to say, my first goal is to stay at Joe Gibbs Racing. But if the musical chairs music stops, and I’m still standing and I don’t have a seat, I’m screwed.”

While Busch still seems to be optimistic, time is quickly running out of his hands.

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Meanwhile, the predictions look like Busch might not continue with JGR in the future. But if not JGR, then who?

What are the other options for Kyle Busch?

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There have been rumors that teams such as Stewart-Haas Racing and Kaulig Racing might offer Busch a contract. Steward-Haas Racing might have the option to bring him in, as one of their 4 drivers, Aric Almirola, is retiring at the end of the 2022 season.

LONG POND, PA – JUNE 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the (18) M&M’s Mini’s Toyota prior to the NASCAR Cup Series – Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on June 27, 2021, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On the other hand, Matt Kaulig’s Kaulig Racing could have a chance if they decide to make the bold move of picking up Busch. But given the fact that Kaulig Racing is a fairly new team in the Cup scene, they might not have the financial capability to hire someone as big as Busch.

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Obviously, these are all speculations at the moment. But who knows what miracle might come Busch’s way? Let us just hope that he gets to continue at NASCAR beyond this year.

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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.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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