Kyle Busch staying put with Joe Gibbs Racing is all but a done deal.
Asked about his contract status during Wednesday’s Daytona 500 Media Day, Busch said the two sides have already been in discussions. He’s driven for JGR since 2008, and his most recent contract extension was for “multiple years” in 2015 when he won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.
“We’re talking,” Busch said. “It’s all been agreed to; it’s just a matter of putting the pen to the paper. So, we’re all good.”
In 384 starts driving for Gibbs, Busch has won 47 Cup Series races.
His next win? Hopefully his first in the Daytona 500, which has seen him shut him out for 13 years.
“It’s disappointing I haven’t been able to win it yet, but really, when I look back on all the years there’s only been two opportunities that I feel like slipped away,” said Busch. “’08 slipped away, and the year Denny [Hamlin] won. Those are the only two that I really feel like we missed out on and weren’t able to capitalize. I was fast in ’07, and we should have finished third behind [Kevin] Harvick and [Mark] Martin, but I crashed and destroyed the field coming to the checkered.
“Yeah, I’ve lost or could have won two of them, which is not all that many when you look at it. Obviously, it’s disappointing to not come down here and be a dominant force or to be a guy that’s in contention each and every time or to have fast cars that could get you there. But we keep trying, keep fighting. It definitely sets the motivation, that’s for sure, to go out there and get it done.”