Kyle Busch told Jim France that 2022 would be his final year; Then, Busch got a call from RCR
In 2022, Kyle Busch was racing the No. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing. At the end of the season, Busch’s contract was set to expire. At the same time, MARS Incorporated was also ending their sponsorship agreement with JGR.
The team was already into a year-long sponsorship search. In order to re-sign Busch, they needed a sponsor signed on at the same time.
During the season, Busch already knew he wouldn’t be returning to JGR. And, he was also under the impression that he wouldn’t have a ride in 2023.