Kyle Busch rocked the NASCAR world when he announced that he was leaving his team for 15 years, Joe Gibbs Racing, for Richard Childress Racing.
It was pretty shocking, considering Busch and Childress got into a near fistfight back in 2011, but they were both sure to announce that they’d put the past behind them and moved on.
Of course, Busch never really had any intentions of leaving JGR in the first place, but his lost sponsorship with M&M’s played a big role in him having to make a move somewhere else.
In a recent episode of USA Network’s NASCAR documentary series, Race for the Championship, it almost seemed like Busch was placing the majority of the blame on Joe Gibbs over the fact they couldn’t come to a contract agreement, and in typical Kyle Busch fashion, he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind:
“Something that is so disappointing to me, and so hurtful about this whole situation with JGR, is they were like family.
For 15 years, Joe had my back in the stupidest of moments that Kyle Busch was. Like, he was there for me and it’s gone. It just flipped and gone and it’s like nothing I’ve ever been a part of.”
KB: "Something that's so disappointing to me & so hurtful about this whole situation with JGR is they were like family. For 15 years, Joe [Gibbs] had my back in the stupidest of moments that Kyle Busch was. Like, he was there for me. And it's gone. Like, it just flipped."
It’s obvious that Busch was very hurt having to leave his longtime team, a team in which he saw over 60 career race wins with, along with two NASCAR Cup Series Championships.
Some have also wondered if the emergence of Gibbs’ grandson, Ty Gibbs, having a successful Xfinity Series career played a role in Busch not being able to come to an agreement with the team, and it was a matter of time before Ty moved up to the Cup Series.
Nevertheless, it appears Busch isn’t taking the divorce too well.
Candid convo between the Busches on RFTC.
SB: "I never thought we'd go through this."
KB: "Not from all the words we were given for years of, 'You're our guy. You're our franchise. You're gonna retire here.' Those were a lot of, whether you call it false promises or whatever."