Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon Aug 28, 2022; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon(3) and driver Kyle Busch (18) race through the trioval during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The demand for Kyle Busch remains high and while he is yet to make a decision, multiple teams are shooting their shot. This includes two Chevrolet teams who confirmed that they had talks with Busch.

According to Bob Pockrass at Fox Sports, team owners Richard Childress and Matt Kaulig, of Richard Childress Racing and Kaulig Racing respectively, confirmed to Pockrass that they spoke with Busch but neither of them elaborated on how close they are to making a deal with the two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. Last week, Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing both denied that a decision was made regarding their 2023 plans.

This falls in line with two reports from a few weeks ago. On his Stacking Pennies podcast, Corey LaJoie came right out with it that Busch wasn’t returning to Gibbs and said that he had offers from “two potential Chevy teams, a potential Ford team, and there’s also an option potentially with Toyota.” The Athletic reported that Kaulig Racing and Stewart Haas Racing were the two likeliest teams to sign Busch.

If LaJoie is correct, then the fourth team has to be 23XI Racing as that’s the only other Toyota team in the Cup Series. David Wilson of Toyota Racing Development has been vocal about keeping Busch at Toyota in some fashion and that might mean moving him over to 23XI if Gibbs is serious about putting Ty Gibbs in the #18.

It remains to be seen where Kyle Busch will race in 2023 but it appears it has narrowed down to five options. The ongoing saga has resulted in sleepless nights for Busch so for his sake, hopefully there’s a resolution sooner rather than later.

[Fox Sports]

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