Kyle Busch’s future in NASCAR has huge unanswered questions

Mark J. Rebellas – USA Today Sports

It would be Kyle Busch Moving on to Richard Childress Racing For the 2023 season and while the drama of wondering what will happen to him is over, there is still some uncertainty that lies ahead.

Let’s dive into Busch’s future in NASCAR as the departure from Joe Gibbs Racing made a huge domino effect.

Kyle Busch’s on-track performance in the No. 8 car will be interesting

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Busch has spent his entire career in the NASCAR Cup Series at Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing equipment which makes his move to Richard Childress Racing really interesting going forward.

The 37-year-old will partner with crew chief Randall Burnett and teammate Austin Dillon in hopes of reviving himself to championship level. If the former No. 8 driver’s performance is any indication, it’s easy to believe that Busch can climb back to the top.

Tyler Reddick won three races during the 2022 season with the same team. If not for a poor 16, Riddick could have made a serious run in the playoffs. However, whether it was his talent or equipment remains to be seen.

With someone of Busch’s caliber there would be no questions about where the organization lies in terms of equipment. The former driver of the No. 18 car is a two-time champion and remains the winning NASCAR driver across the top three levels.

The upcoming season marks a pivotal moment in Bosh’s career. At 37 years old, he’ll be entering his main driver, if he hasn’t already. If the next few seasons aren’t going strong for Bosh, the best results of his career are probably behind him.

Also, here’s the thing. Nobody knows how Busch will fare with Richard Childress Racing. It could go well and end with three wins like Reddick or zero wins like many seasons in the history of the organization.

It’s not the only reason for doubts about Bush’s future either. The NASCAR Truck Series represents an entirely different scenario that will come into play next year.

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Kyle Busch Motorsports’ future in the NASCAR Truck Series

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November 4, 2022; Avondale, Arizona, USA; Kyle Busch alongside Chase Purdy and Jack Wood addresses the media about the 2023 Kyle Busch Motorsman lineup of cars and drivers during a press conference at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Busch Motorsports is going to be very different as the 2023 NASCAR season gets underway in just a few months. One of the most notable changes is its transition from Toyota to Chevrolet-supported trucks.

Chevrolet will support the organization for the first time in its history. Toyota has been the team’s manufacturer since it began operations during the 2010 season in the Truck Series.

For years, Toyota’s top prospects would be entered into Kyle Busch Motorsports with the intent of giving them the best equipment on their way to the final landing spot in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Many drivers such as Christopher Bell, Eric Jones, William Byron, Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek and Chandler Smith have all gotten behind the wheel of the truck on a full-time basis for the organization.

Now, Kyle Busch Motorsports performance is unknown going forward. It is clear that the organization will receive a huge amount of support, but how will it perform once 2023 hits the scene?

Not a blow to the organization’s drivers for the 2023 season but the level of talent appears to have decreased compared to previous seasons, based on the stats. Granted, Nemechek came from the Cup Series and Smith was Toyota’s top prospect.

Chase Purdy will drive the No. 4 Truck full-time while Jack Wood will drive the No. 51. Neither driver has won a Truck Series race in their 87 combined starts. Both competed for GMS Racing in the series.

Perhaps, Purdy will have a breakout season behind the wheel of the No. 4 truck when he already has a full support behind him. It wouldn’t be surprising due to the history of success within the organization.

However, the future of Kyle Busch Motorsports is uncertain in terms of performance. The organization can start where it left off or need a lengthy rebuild.