It’s official… Kyle Busch will drive for Richard Childress Racing in the 2023 season.
The two time Cup Series champion sat down with Richard Childress in a press conference this morning to make the official announcement.
Kyle will drive #8 car, currently be driven by Tyler Reddick, however Tyler is slated to join Bubba Wallace and drive for Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing in 2024.
Tyler will drive for RCR in 2023, who will charter a 3rd car to join Rowdy in #8 and Austin Dillon in the #3.
And speaking of the #3, could Kyle Busch ever sit behind the wheel of the most iconic number in racing?
I suppose it’s possible.
Richard Childress himself drove the #3 in the late ’70s and early ’80s until the great Dale Earnhardt Sr. took over full time in 1984. Of course, tragedy took The Intimidator out of the #3 on that fateful day in 2001 and the number was essentially retired until 2014 when Childress’ grandson Austin Dillon climbed behind the wheel.
Dillon got the blessing of the Earnhardt family to drive the #3, which he still drives today, however, could Kyle Busch ever have the chance?
The question was posted in Reddit, asking if Dale Sr. fans would give the go ahead to put Rowdy in the #3 car, knowing that they have similar racing styles and no bullshit personalities.
However, Dale Jr. himself weighed in:
“I wish they could retire the current stylized font, then make an entirely new font/design. Then by all means.
I wanna go back to when you saw that number on a license plate or anywhere, and you KNEW they were 100% Earnhardt Sr.”
It’s no secret that Jr. and Busch have had their issues over the years, but sounds like Dale Jr. is more focused on the design of the #3 and less with the number.
Dale Jr. detailed the peak of their beef on the Bussin’ with the Boys podcast: