After the announcement that Chip Ganassi was selling the NASCAR arm of his racing empire, there was much speculation about where the two team Penske drivers would land for the 2022 racing season.

One of the rumours was that Kurt Busch would move over to 23XI Racing to become the second driver for the new racing team.

On December 10, 23XI Racing announced that Busch would indeed be a part of the team and drive the number 45 car – a number majority owner Michael Jordan wore during part of the basketball and baseball careers.  Driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing number eleven Denny Hamlin owns 23XI with Jordan.  Busch’s sponsor Monster Energy is joining the new as a primary sponsor.

Busch will join Bubba Wallace at 23XI as the team expands in only their second year of operation.

Kurt Busch spoke on his joining 23XI via a team release saying, “I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this opportunity.  Racing to win is what I live for. Helping to continue developing a new team, alongside Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin, and Toyota is exactly what I want to be part of. Winning is important to 23XI, it’s important to Monster Energy, and it’s important to me. That is our goal.”  Busch is the 2004 Cup Series champion who has won 33 Cup Series races in his career.

Minority owner Denny Hamlin also spoke on the addition of Kurt Busch via a team statement saying, “when we started this team, our vision was to grow to a multi-car organization. To be able to expand in just our second year is a huge step for us.  Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge and a championship mindset to our team, and will be able to help us grow stronger and more competitive each and every week.”

23XI Racing said that they will announce additional team personnel in the coming weeks.

In other racing news…

After nearly a decade away from being behind the wheel, FOX Sports in-studio analyst for the Camping World Truck Series Todd Bodine will return to the CWTS for six races in the 2022 season.

Driving for Halmar Friesen Racing, Bodine will race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Pocono Raceway – the site of his final race in 2013.

A two time CWTS champion with 22 career Truck Series race wins, Bodine currently has a total of 794 race starts.  Running six races this season will allow Bodine to become the 28th driver in NASCAR history to hit such a milestone.  He has 220 starts in the Truck Series, 333 starts in the Xfinity Series with 15 wins, and 241 Cup Series starts.