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Published on January 19th, 2010 | by Michael J Smith


Busch Signs Multi-Year Extension With JGR

Kyle Busch has signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep him in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the next few Sprint Cup seasons. The length of the contract was not made public, but Joe Gibbs hinted that he may not live long enough to see the end of it. Busch’s original contract was set to expire after this coming season.

Busch has won 12 Sprint Cup Series races since joining JGR in 2008. Despite winning eight races in 2008, Busch struggled in the Chase, and ended up finishing the season 11th in points. In 2009, he won four races but missed the Chase completely.

Busch also took home the Nationwide Series Championship, winning nine races last year driving a JGR Toyota.
JD Gibbs, president of JGR said:

We probably could’ve announced this earlier. We were just getting some of the details ironed out and finalized. Watching [Busch] grow off the track as well as on the track has been exciting for us. We look forward to many years together racing up front.

Busch said:

I see the organization is strong. I see the way Joey [Logano] really came along towards the end of the year and really got better. I saw the way Denny [Hamlin] ran – he had a shot to win the championship. Our stuff is there; it’s all about having the right people in the right place. Hopefully, Dave [Rogers] is that guy, and he and I can really develop a great relationship like Denny and Mike Ford have, and we can go forward and win races.

With Busch missing the Chase in 2009, his crew chief Steve Addington was replaced by Dave Rogers. Addington left JGR and joined Penske Racing to serve as crew chief for Kyle’s brother, Kurt.

Rogers said of the extension:

When I talked to Kyle before signing up for this, I knew he believed in what Joe and JD were doing. In my mind, it was kind of put to bed before I was ever signed up. But it’s certainly nice that it’s done, inked and the media knows it’s done and inked so we don’t have to answer those questions during the season and go through that distraction.

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3 Responses to Busch Signs Multi-Year Extension With JGR

  1. Justin Long says:

    I wonder what will happen if Busch misses the Chase this season. He talked smack about Hendrick replacing Jr’s crew chief. Then, he had his replaced. I hope he misses the Chase this season then has to take responsibility for his own struggles. It would be very fitting.

  2. Pete says:

    Busch wins a lot of races, but he doesn’t finish consistently enough to win a championship, IMO. But locking him up was a wise move for JGR.

  3. Lead Lap says:

    @Justin I have always thought that Busch was a little too concerned with what Jr was doing. That said, his comments do add a tiny bit of fuel to the Busch-Jr fued. And that, I think, is good for the sport.

    @Pete I think that Busch will win races again, but I’m not sure he’ll be contending for a Championship. Perhaps in 2011, but I don’t think 2010 is his year. I would look at Denny Hamlin, though. He poised for a Championship run, as is Mark Martin.

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