Kurt Bush is leaving the NASCAR Cup full-time


NASCAR Cup Series Driver Kyle Busch has announced that he is stepping away from racing full time.

Bush made the announcement from his hometown of Las Vegas and said he will be missed The rest of this season He will not be racing full-time in the cup next year.

“While I continue to focus on my health and work towards my pass, I will be stepping away from the NASCAR Cup Series full-time in 2023,” Bush said in the statement.

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Kurt Busch walks the pits before qualifying for the NASCAR Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, August 15, 2021, in Indianapolis.

Kurt Busch walks the pits before qualifying for the NASCAR Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, August 15, 2021, in Indianapolis.
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Bush fellow Bubba Wallace, co-owner Denny Hamlin, and Toyota Racing Development Chief David Wilson attended Las Vegas Motor Speedway to announce.

The retirement announcement comes as Bush continues to recover from a concussion in July at the Pocono Raceway. Bush and Alex Bowman Both missed the two races this year due to concussions.

“I know I am not 100% in my ability to go out and race at the highest level in the NASCAR Cup Series,” Busch continued.

But he noted that once acquitted, he could return to racing on a limited basis.

“Next year my racing contributions may look a little different, but I will continue to do my best for the sport. And if I get fired, you might see me at specific races.”

NASCAR previously announced that it will implement changes to the rear of the cars for next season to address impacts such as those that led to Busch and Bowman’s injuries.

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HAMPTON, GA - JULY 10: Denny Hamlin, driver #11 Coca-Cola Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver #18 M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota, Kurt Bosch, driver #45 Monster Energy Toyota, William Byron, driver #24 Chevrolet Axelta, Alex Bowman, race driver of the #48 Allie Milestone Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022, in Hampton, Georgia.

HAMPTON, GA – JULY 10: Denny Hamlin, driver #11 Coca-Cola Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver #18 M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota, Kurt Bosch, driver #45 Monster Energy Toyota, William Byron, driver #24 Chevrolet Axelta, Alex Bowman, race driver of the #48 Allie Milestone Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022, in Hampton, Georgia.
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“Unfortunate circumstances led Kurt to make a difficult decision, but we know he will continue to contribute to the entire program at Toyota, TRD and 23 XI Racing. He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and first-hand championship experience to his team and fellow Toyota competitors,” said David Wilson, Head of Toyota Racing Development at A statement “We are here to support Kurt in this next chapter of his career and look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Bush leaves a complex legacy behind. Some will remember him for his talent and heroism, while some will remember the problems he had with his temperament during his career.

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Bosch won the 2004 championship and racked up 34 cup victories during his tenure as a full-time driver.

Bosch won a race in 19 out of 22 Cup seasons he was a full-time driver.

Kurt Busch, driver of #45 Monster Energy Toyota, waves to fans on stage during driver introductions before the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway on June 26, 2022, in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Kurt Busch, driver of #45 Monster Energy Toyota, waves to fans on stage during driver introductions before the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at the Nashville Superspeedway on June 26, 2022, in Lebanon, Tennessee.
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He ranked 25th in all-time wins and won the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600.

When he was 21, he made his Cup debut in 2000, finishing 18th in the Fall Dover Race.

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Bush has stated that he plans to have discussions with Fox Sports, where he has previously done radio work.


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