NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett labels Kyle Busch’s RCR move ‘a game changer’

Find out what Dale Jarrett had to say about Kyle Busch leaving the JGR sign for RCR.

Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett

Kyle Busch surprised the NASCAR community with his surprise move back to a chevy team in the cup series. The veteran ended his 15-year-long career at Joe Gibbs Racing. He signed a multiyear contract with Richard Childress Racing to drive the No:8 car.

Kyle Busch took over the No:8 car of Tyler Reddick because of the youngster’s pre-agreed move to 23X1 Racing in 2024. Busch’s legacy with Toyota includes more than 50 cup race wins and two cup championships. The veteran also had an Xfinity championship win with JGR.

The move away from JGR surprised many including NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett. The 1999 cup champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner in a recent podcast pointed out that Kyle Busch’s signing has elevated RCR back into a top-tier team.

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Find out what Dale Jarrett said

Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett

Dale Jarrett said that he never expected Kyle Busch to leave JGR considering the success he had with them. He added that he understood the fact Busch has made this decision keeping the future of his family and Kyle Busch Motorsports in mind.

You know uh I think as far as making the correct choice. He had a lot of options there. Didn’t think that he would ever be in a position to where you know we were thinking about that he would be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing with all the success he had there. But these things do happen we understand that and so he had to look and see what was best for Kyle Busch for his family and Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Dale Jarrett said.

Dale Jarrett pointed out that RCR was an unlikely place for Kyle Busch to end up. He added that Richard Childress did commendable work in sorting out the funds to sign Busch to their roaster.

“So, there was a lot that was involved there and it seemed like I think it was probably the most unlikely. I wasn’t even sure how Richard Childress goes about you know Gathering all of the funds and doing everything that it took to get Kyle. He made it work and was good for Richard Childers,” Dale Jarrett added.

Dale Jarrett called the move a game changer for RCR. He said “This is a situation that is a game changer for RCR because you know. Certainly, it hasn’t been the brightest of the last few years but things have happened well for them with Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon both getting wins this year and getting themselves in the playoffs,”.

Dale Jarrett pointed out that Kyle Busch’s signing has put RCR back on the list of top-tier teams. He said, “To bring a two-time champion of a future Hall of Famer to your organization that still has lots of wins left in his career um I think this just elevates RCR back to one of those top-tier teams once again,”.

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