Before the start of the 2022 NASCAR season, Joe Gibbs Racing and driver of the number 18 Kyle Busch learned that their primary sponsor M&M Mars would no longer sponsor the number 18 after the end of the 2022 racing season; after nearly 25 years as a NASCAR sponsor.

A contract year for Busch, numerous rumours and speculations are coming to light over whether Kyle Busch will also be departing Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the year.  Busch has been a part of JGR since 2008.  He currently is tied with Richard Petty for the record of winning at least one race in every season for the past 18 years – his entire career as a full time Cup Series driver.

Contract negotiations are seldom conducted in short order; but instead, are a long drawn out affair.  When asked over the weekend at Talladega about the contract Busch said, “I’m not getting antsy about it.  If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t. Goodbye.”  Busch added, “ask Joe Gibbs. It’s not my problem.”

Pressure has mounted somewhat in the past few weeks after JGR owner Joe Gibbs’ grandson Ty has won three of the nine races run in his first year as a full time driver in the Xfinity Series has stirred up talk about whether the 19 year old Gibbs would move up and fill a spot in one of his grandfather’s Cup Series cars.

In response to the contract talks, Joe Gibbs said, “we’re confident we’re going to get things done.”

Busch said, “so we’re just working hard at it. It takes a while.”

The two time Cup Series champion Busch owns a three truck team in the Camping World Truck Series where he regularly runs the maximum number of races allowed by NASCAR each year for Cup Series regulars – five – and wins on a regular basis.  He currently has 60 Cup Series wins, 60 Truck Series wins, and last year topped the 100 mark in Xfinity Series wins with 101 for a total of 221 NASCAR wins in his career to become the winningest driver in NASCAR.