Kyle Busch’s tenure with JGR will end on penalties


Kyle Bush will lose his chief of staff for the rest of 2022.

Kyle Busch’s final season with Joe Gibbs Racing faced another setback. The tire problem at Las Vegas Motor Speedway means it will finish racing the remaining Cup Series without crew chief Ben Peshour.

The accident happened after a tire problem caused Ryan Blaney to hit the wall and trigger the warning. Top drivers headed to pit road for new tires and fuel, a group that includes Bosch. However, the crew didn’t fully tighten the left front, which became apparent as smoke started rising from under the No. 18 Toyota Camry as it left the pit road.

Eventually the tire detached from Busch’s car on his back and stopped at the inner wall. He was able to get back into his pit stall for another set of tires, but fell back to 18th to resume work with 23 laps.

NASCAR has changed the rulebook for Lost Wheels so that it does not automatically result in a racing quad suspension for the crew chief and two crew members over a wall. However, Busch losing a wheel on the track itself likely results in a big penalty.

Busch still manages to end strong

Kyle Bush

GTKyle Busch saved the hard-fought finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Busch had a lively day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He made a spin early in the first stage and had to go to his pit booth to get new tyres. Then he lost a wheel after a stop in which he said he “left a little early”.

Despite these big setbacks, KFB still displayed the pace in the #18 Toyota Camry. It made its way back into the top 10 during the final round to the checkered flag, breaking the top five with just laps left.

Busch used his combination of tires and speed to make his way past Chase Briscoe and then raced past Ross Chastain. Bosch nearly passed the No. 1 Chevrolet, but crashed into the wall hard while battling the Trackhouse Racing driver for center. He eventually crossed the finish line in third overall to finish 14th in 10th in 23 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We made our way back from a lot,” Bush told PRN After coming off No. 18. “We had a fast Camry. That helped a lot of things. Good good day. We wanted to win.”

Busch has only 3 races left with JGR

Kyle Bush

GTKyle Busch has 3 races left with JGR.

Bush’s time with Joe Gibbs Racing is fast coming to an end. He has only three races left before he switches to Richard Childress Racing and takes over the #8 Chevrolet Camaro.

These three races without a Beshore will likely be above the pit square, but they will take place on tracks where the veteran has won victories. Next up is Homestead-Miami Speedway where Bosch won in 2015 and 2019 to claim his two championships.

After the trip to Florida, Busch will face the Martinsville Speedway, the short track where he has had two previous wins. JGR’s two-time champion will end at the Phoenix Raceway. He took three wins on the track – one with Hendrick Motorsports and two with JGR. Bush also had two consecutive seventh-place finishes in his last two games in Phoenix.


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