Where Will Kurt Busch Land for 2022? Chip Ganashi, 23XI or Elsewhere?

Published 06/12/2021, 1:29 PM EDT
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


At the age of 42, Kurt Busch is not exactly in the prime of his career. Despite this, he is still looking to stay on the the NASCAR scene. Recently, he spoke to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about his future in the sport. He admitted that his contract is wide open and he is a free agent in 2022.

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He said, “I grew up racing any kind of car. Any car, any time, any place and this is my 21st year, why not go another? Why not go out there and challenge myself with something new with the Next Gen car. Talks are going to start here at Ganassi first. I respect Chip and I respect this team. We’ll talk with Chevrolet, Monster Energy have a big say in what is going on.”

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He insisted that the sponsor’s primary objective is to win. Unfortunately, the Chip Ganassi Racing team is not doing that, so that slight has to be corrected. Meanwhile, Kurt Busch is getting a lot of attention from other teams, like 23XI and Trackhouse.

What lies ahead for Kurt Busch this season?

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Admittedly, the Las Vegas native has often proven that age is just a number. Last year, he went on to win at his home race in Las Vegas. Additionally, he has also racked up a couple of Top 10 and one Top 5 finish in 2021. However, despite his excellent form, Busch is still debating his future in the sport.

LOUDON, NH – JULY 20: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, poses with the Cape Cod Cafe Pizza Pole Award after posting the fastest lap during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Naturally, he is not getting any younger and there will come a time when he will hang up his boots. For now though, he is happy to prolong his NASCAR Cup Series career for as long as he can. For this season, he is partnered by 28-year-old Ross Chastain and the two of them will try their hardest to move up the order.

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