Richard Childress reveals what makes Kyle Busch special from other Cup drivers
Kyle Busch has won at least one race a season in his NASCAR career and will be hoping to continue the streak.
Kyle Busch and Richard Childress (Credits: TheChecheredflag)
Richard Childress Racing landed the season’s signing last year by replacing Tyler Reddick with Kyle Busch in the No:8 team. RCR was able to capitalize on the bizarre contract situation Joe Gibbs Racing found themselves in after the departure announcement of Busch’s primary sponsor, M&M. He signed a multiyear deal with the team and has already started his preparation for 2023.
Busch is returning to0 the Chevy garage after 15 years with Toyota team JGR where he won Two Cup championships and a truck series championship. Kyle Busch’s inconsistent run last season and a reported huge wage bill did constrain a few teams from making an offer, but RCR was ready to take chances as owner Childress knows how much he is worth.
In a recent interview, the RCR owner pointed out that Busch still has the same enthusiasm as he used to have in his rookie years. He said, “I think one of the things about Kyle each time I’ve talked to him. (he says), ‘Man, I can’t wait to go have some fun.’ ‘Man, I had some fun down there at COTA. I can’t wait until we go test and have some fun.’ I’ve asked a couple of drivers, why did you get into racing to start with? Well, to go out and have some fun and enjoy it,”.
Childress claimed that the new generation of drivers lacks the enthusiasm Busch possesses. He said, “So many drivers, I think, today have forgotten why they got into racing, but Kyle Busch hasn’t. He still is a racer. He loves to race, and it is fun to him to go out and race and win,”.
He is also hopeful that Busch can help his grandson Austin Dillon to make take the next step. Childress said, “Kyle will bring a lot of experience and knowledge. I think he’ll help Austin (Dillon) a lot in his career. I think he can help our whole organization from a standpoint of what we need to do better and go faster. That’s what we’re looking forward to with him,”.
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Richard Childress us hopeful about Kyle Busch’s chances in 2023
The boss has no doubts about whether Busch will be able to incorporate himself into the team. Childress has this confidence after witnessing Busch interacting well with his new crew mates during the car tests.
“I think he’s going to fit in with this group of guys as good as anybody. Just watching his interaction with the guys and interactions I’ve had with him, everyone is excited about it. I know he’s excited. The tests have been good,” said Childress.
Kyle Busch has already bagged his maiden with RCR in an endurance event in COTA, driving alongside his teammates Dillon and Sheldon Creed. The race wins, and the hunger Busch shows towards achieving it has left a big impression on Childress.
“They went to COTA and won a little sports car race down there. To have him go out and win a race right off with Austin (Dillon) and Sheldon (Creed) was a pretty neat deal. I was down there for that and just watching how he gets in there and works with everybody. He’s a racer, he wants to win, and that’s what I love,” He added.
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