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Kyle Busch Contract Extension With Joe Gibbs Racing a Good Move By Both Parties

By admin | January 15, 2013

 According to reports, Kyle Busch can celebrate the signing of a new contract with Joe Gibbs Racing.

By Richard Allen

According to a report from USA Today, Kyle Busch has signed a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing that will keep the talented driver with that organization for the next several seasons. His tenure with the team had been set to expire at the end of the 2013 season without a new deal. With this move, the biggest potentially available free agent in NASCAR this year has been taken off the market.

During an interview with Speed TV’s Bob Dilner during the ‘Pre-Season Thunder’ test session in Daytona, Busch was somewhat coy about his contract status. He commented that there could be an announcement soon and that details are still being worked out. “Maybe I’ll stay or maybe I’ll go,” he said with a smirk.

If indeed this story proves to be true, and it likely will, it should prove to serve both parties well.

Getting the contract extension settled sooner rather than later will prevent all the inevitable conjecture that comes along every time a top driver approaches free agent status. No matter what the principles involved may say, speculation regarding a driver’s status with his team has to be a distraction. Anytime distractions can be eliminated, all involved are well served.

Further, after a somewhat lackluster season in 2012 that resulted in missing the Chase playoff, Busch and his JGR team need their focus to be entirely on improving their performance and returning to the status of championship contenders. Spending a year constantly having to think about whether or not the driver will remain beyond 2013 would not serve the purpose of accomplishing what ought to be this team’s number one goal.

Along with the elimination of distraction because of the need to focus on improving the team, getting the contract situation taken care of will serve to prevent what could have been another potential issue for JGR. With Busch’s often volatile nature, questions from the media about his future status with the team would have no doubt caused an explosion at some point during the upcoming season. Anytime an issue can be removed that will keep their driver from “going off”, it’s all the better for the No. 18 team.

And for Busch himself, he is trying to run Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series as well as drive the JGR Toyotas on the Sprint Cup circuit. There are enough distractions already. Carrying such a big issue as a contract renewal into the season would not have benefited him in any way regarding his own team. NASCAR history is filled with examples of how this type of thing hurts both organizations and all other parties involved.

For as long as Busch went unsigned and still owned his own team, there would always be the rumor that he was planning to take KBM to the Cup level. So the extension goes ahead and squashes that notion immediately.

And lastly, the settling of a contract between Busch and JGR “sooner rather than later” (as J.D. Gibbs was quoted as saying when asked) was a virtual necessity due to the simple fact that there is really no other place for this driver to go. The only other organization in NASCAR that would truly be an upgrade over JGR would be Hendrick Motorsports and that bridge was burned a long time ago.

Yes, it was best for all involved to get Kyle Busch’s contract taken care of now.

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6 Responses to “Kyle Busch Contract Extension With Joe Gibbs Racing a Good Move By Both Parties”

  1. Russ Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    While the economic necessity of long term contracts for marketing reasons are obvious. They could well be one of the factors contributing to the decline of the sport.
    I say that because they greatly restrict movement by the teams. While some point to the fresh new faces in Nationwide or trucks that is an illusion. Those people seldom get to the Cup level, because all the seats are taken.
    As for Busch getting a contract extension, you are correct where did he have to go? Wonder did JGR use that leverage, or how far they were willing to push it?

  2. Jim Baker Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    While nobody has been watching, Kyle and Matt have become very good friends. Through many of their mutual racing side interests, short track and charity racing events and such, they have done a lot of stuff together. Kyle has developed a lot of respect for Matt, even though Kyle knows he has a lot more natural talent, and he wants to learn how Matt always seems to end races having gotten the most out of his equipment. A lot has been said about Denny and Matt’s similar temperament, although I don’t equate a shared tendency to introversion with a shared temperament. But I do think Matt can help Denny with his level headed and more relaxed approach and with his decidedly family man style. Kyle and Matt are much closer in mental wavelength. I think Matt’s presence will make a real winner out of Kyle and I think Kyle knows it. Kyle even wants to give Matt’s son a ride at KBM and he knows that will also help him immensely. Kyle is actually coming of age as a race car driver and I think this will be Kyle’s best year ever. I don’t think Matt will have his best year but I think he will be happier than he ever was in the Jack Roush garage. But Matt is too class of an act to ever make an issue of that. I predict Kyle to win 6 races, Denny 5 and even 4 for Matte and the championship could go to Kyle. That is how much I think of Matt Kenseth.

  3. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Kiddy Kyle may be the best racer so far but he has a lot to learn and I don’t think Matt can fix his problems. Like Denny both he and Kiddy Kyle have head/anger problems and they won;t win a championship until they do. Matt will do well to keep himself clear and go for his second one.

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Hey, I’d want an honest NASCAR Man or Woman be in the Venerable JGR 18, not Mr. “I Am Not A Role Model to Kids”. Kyle Busch is universally unloved and he is more placid than Lil Wayne and I would strongly encourage at least Denny or Rowdy to fly right and win titles because their no better at winning Toyota Rings than Kansas Clint and the Motley Crue at MWR. Kenseth, after a while, will cash his Past Champs Card until they are irrevelant at Making Races.

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    January 17th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I guess so many people have lost passion for the work they do that they expect everyone else to be as passionless. Being a musician I actually like the fact that Kyle has passion about his driving. I’m an extremely calm person, untill some yahoo tries to play battle of the guitars. Then I will beat them into the ground like a dead dog and spit on their grave on stage. Then we can go out for coffee.

  6. Carl Watson Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Yeah, thanks to the result of merging and satellite teams reducing us to a handful of organizations, this was the best move for both parties given the options available to them. So, another year, and the various sites once again are populated with articles about how this is the new, more mature Kyle Busch. This time. For real. Seriously. Promise. With cherries on top. I find myself picturing journalists on websites just silently hitting their heads on their desks (virtual or real) about this time every year, when they are faced with having to write that article… again. My condolences :))

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