We don’t yet know where two-time Cup champion Kyle Busch will drive next season, but it sounds like an announcement is coming very soon.
Busch discussed the situation and the various offers that he has during NASCAR’s playoff media day on Thursday. While he wouldn’t give a specific timeline for the decision, Busch was asked if he thought he would announce it in the next seven to ten days and responded by saying “It needs to be. … Obviously, time is a ticking. There’s a lot of other options and a lot of other dominoes that need to fall. Talking amongst others, I’m the first one that needs to go.”
While Busch noted that “more than one (team) that has paper in front me,” he also admitted a return to Joe Gibbs Racing was possible.
It was reported over the weekend that team owners Richard Childress and Matt Kaulig, of Richard Childress Racing and Kaulig Racing, had spoken with Busch, though it was unclear how far along those talks were.
Busch’s future has been in doubt since it was announced that Mars would not continue its sponsorship of Busch’s No. 18 team. When JGR was unable to secure a replacement sponsor, that seemed to set Busch’s unknown future in motion. The driver has said he would be willing to take a pay cut to stay with JBR but other suitors have since emerged. In recent days, Busch had made it clear that one way or another, a decision is coming.
For what it’s worth, Kaulig has announced that they have big plans for their Fan Day on October 5, though it’s hard to know if that’s a tease for Busch’s arrival or something unrelated.