This morning, NASCAR Cup Series star Kurt Busch announced he will be stepping away from full-time competition for the 2023 season.
Busch, who has enjoyed a lengthy and successful full time career driving for legendary teams, earning a total 34 wins and the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Championship, made this announcement the weekend of what would have been his home race, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In his statement, Busch said “My long-term health is priority number one, and I don’t feel committing at this point to compete for a championship next year is in my best interest or the best interest of the team.”
This, of course, comes after Busch has sat out every race since a qualifying crash at Pocono Raceway, which gave him a concussion. Since then, Xfinity regular Ty Gibbs has driven the #45 23XI Camry.
Though Busch has been steadily making progress towards recovery, he has unfortunately not been cleared to run any races this season or (so far) next season. Busch has said he would like to run races if he is cleared to, however.
It was also announced that Tyler Reddick (who was contracted for Richard Childress Racing in 2023, and then 23XI a year later) will be released from his RCR contract and moved over to 23XI a year early, replacing Kurt Busch.
We all wish Kurt Busch a speedy recovery, and hope he enjoys at least a few more races in his career once he is fully healthy.
Featured image from Patrick Vallely.