2021 season: 1 win, 6 top 5’s, 14 top 10’s
Kurt Busch’s career can be divided into three sections – young, brash, and fast; a dark period; and a rebirth.
We are not here today to dwell on the past, rather analyze the future.
Kurt arrives to 23XI after another consistent season for the now shuttered Chip Ganassi racing. He won the last race at Atlanta’s old configuration and made it into the second round of the playoffs. He is reunited with crew chief Billy Scott, who he worked with at SHR after the retirement of Tony Gibson.
While we know Kurt is consistent behind the wheel, the bigger question comes with the team. As 23XI becomes a two car team for the first time and with a new car to boot, this seems to be a very interesting case.
While people see the addition of Busch as a move for mentorship purposes, it doesn’t mean that his competitive fire won’t shine through. He brings with him a fresh mindset, with the past now long forgotten. There will be growing pains that the new team will go through, but there is a high possibility of a playoff seeding in the team’s future.
The number 45 was Jordan’s number in his return, the question now becomes will this become a big return on investment for team.
Featured photo from @23XIRacing on Twitter.