The end of the Cup Series season at Phoenix Raceway marked the end of Kyle Busch’s time at Joe Gibbs Racing. This was an important moment in his career, and he thought about celebrating his biggest moment.
Bush posted a bunch of photos on his social media profiles ahead of the Cup Series finals at Phoenix Raceway. There have been pictures of him holding the championship trophy, celebrating victories with his family, exercising to exhaustion, and claiming his 200th win across the three National Series.
“The End of an Era,” Bush wrote in his letter. “Thank you to the coach, everyone at JGR, the Mars family, Norm Miller. Things will look a little different next year, but I will always be grateful for what we have accomplished in the relationships we have built over the past 15 years.
“It’s been a long road, I owe a lot of my success to toyotaracing. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your support through the years. Young people will always be family to me, but I look forward to seeing you in my back view come at Daytona next year. Thank you #RowdyNation for sticking with me over the years and especially this year, but I hope you’re ready to have Rodier’s for years to come.”
Bush began his 35th career in Phoenix on November 6th
The race at Phoenix Raceway was Busch’s last race for Joe Gibbs Racing. This was his 35th time in a Cup Series, and it gave him another opportunity to add to his historic resume featuring two championships and more than 200 wins across the three National Series.
Bush’s time at Phoenix Raceway resulted in 24 top 10 spots, 12 top 5 runs, and three trips to Victory Lane. He won his first during the 2005 season while driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Then he came back in 2018 with Joe Gibbs Racing. This win helped him reach the fourth championship.
Bush’s third win occurred at Phoenix Raceway during the 2019 season. The spring race took his punch to the playoffs. He then went on to win five full races before capturing the second Cup Series championship of his career.
Busch’s last race with JGR was a relatively quiet affair. He started in twenty-second place overall and finished the first two stages outside the top ten. However, he finished the day by sprinting inside the top ten and finishing seventh overall in the special fan honors chart.
The final race with JGR was emotional
The trip to the Phoenix racetrack wasn’t easy for Bush. Head down the one-mile track that deals with the feelings of leaving the team that’s been his home for 15 years and breaking up with the biggest sponsor of his career.
The feelings were clear before and after the race. Bush told reporters after crashing out of 18th for the last time that he was unable to get a glimpse of the stock car, laden with thousands of photos of his fans. He also choked after looking at him for the last time during his post-race interview.
“It’s hard, man. It’s not easy,” In a video clip taken by Fronstretch, Bush said. “I hope it isn’t the same, but I will miss the many fun people we’ve spent so much time with over the years. Looking forward to new adventures.”
Busch will deal with feelings of leaving JGR. He will also be preparing for the new challenge of joining Richard Childress Racing and driving the #8 Chevrolet Camaro.
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