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Busch Signs Multi-Year Extension With JGR

[1]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 [2] 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 [3]. Addington left JGR and joined Penske Racing [4] 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.