Kyle Busch never wanted it to end this way. When he signed his last contract with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019, he never felt like it would be just that, his last contract with JGR. As we sit today, he’s won 56 of his 60 NASCAR Cup Series races with the organization as well as being the only active driver in the sport to have won multiple championships in NASCAR’s premiere series. He was the first driver to bring Toyota to victory lane on the Cup level. He won the first race for the Car of Tomorrow.
Well, here we are today with Busch going back to Chevrolet and racing for Richard Childress Racing in 2023 and beyond.
“Toyota and TRD are privileged to have raced with Kyle Busch, one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history,” a statement from David Wilson, President of Toyota Racing Development read. “While we certainly wish Kyle the best of luck in the future and congratulate him on his announcement to join Richard Childress Racing, we’re disappointed and saddened that his future won’t continue to be with Team Toyota.
“Kyle has been an ambassador for Toyota since joining the program in 2008. He’s gone on to accumulate some of the most prestigious milestones possible for the Toyota brand, including our first Cup Series win for the Camry and first Cup Series championship. He will undoubtedly hold the record for the most wins in a Toyota across all three Championship Series for decades to come. But more than that, Kyle has been a friend, part of our family and has played a key role in the development of many of our drivers through his ownership of Kyle Busch Motorsports. We wish nothing but the best for Kyle and his entire family as he moves into the next chapter of his Hall of Fame career. We’re thankful to have been along for the ride.”
Joe Gibbs Racing also put out a statement themselves reading, “Kyle has been a major part of our history and success here at Joe Gibbs Racing. We are thankful for all his contributions to our organization over the years. When you look at all that he has accomplished already, it is truly remarkable, and we know someday we will be celebrating his Hall of Fame induction. We also know he still has many more achievements in our sport ahead of him including competing for the championship this season. We wish Kyle, Samantha, Brexton, and Lennix the very best.”