It’s been just a little over a year since rumors were swirling that Kyle Busch could be fired from Joe Gibbs Racing, but those can (almost) officially be put to rest. ESPN, Jayski, and other news outlets are reporting that in December, NASCAR’s “bad boy” signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the organization. When asked to comment about this on Thursday night, Busch simply said that “everybody will find out on (the team’s) media day what’s coming down.”
If this contract extension rumor is true, that would mean that Joe Gibbs Racing has secured three of the best drivers in the business to long-term deals. Denny Hamlin reportedly signed a multi-year contract in 2012, and this season, Matt Kenseth–who won the 2009 and 2012 Daytona 500 along with the 2003 (then) Winston Cup championship–is coming over from Roush-Fenway Racing to drive the #20 Toyota, a seat vacated by Joey Logano’s move to Penske Racing.
Kyle Busch had his struggles during the 2012 season, winning just one Sprint Cup race–career-low since joining the series full time in 2005–and finishing 13th in points, his lowest rank since 2009. Still, “Rowdy” remains (in many people’s minds) one of the elite talents in the Sprint Cup garage. He has 24 career Sprint Cup victories to go along with his 51 wins in the Nationwide ranks, a series record.
With this news breaking, that leaves just three other “big name” drivers in the Sprint Cup series who do not yet have plans for the 2014 season: Kurt Busch, Juan Montoya, and Ryan Newman.
Information in this post was recovered at Jayski.