Kyle Busch and Toyota are a finished story. Busch put an end to that and signed a contract with Richard Childress Racing. Toyota seems to have given up too easily. Busch carefully considered his decision, and Denny Hamlin commented on his choice: “We can’t predict the future and what the economic model of owning a NASCAR team will look like in the future.
We only know what it is today. That may change in the next few years. It may not, but all we can do is project what we have now,” Denny Hamlin said. Denny Hamlin seemed unable to promise Busch that he would be part of the team in the long run.
Hamlin and management have other plans. Their focus is on 'potentials'
“We knew that in 2024, we have Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace part of our team. Now, did we inquire about a short-term still with Kyle and next year, yes, possibly? But I think that Kyle wanted more long-term stability.
That doesn’t mean that it didn’t guarantee him that he could be at 23XI long-term,” Denny Hamlin added.
Kyle Busch: We weren’t able to give those long-term securities
Busch is in serious years, although no one can deny his qualities.
But the 23X1 Racing team wanted to base their philosophy on long-term tracks. Busch didn't seem to fit into those plans, and he had to look for another challenge. “I just think that we weren’t able to give those long-term securities that he was looking for, which I totally understand.
I would love to be a three-, or four-car team in the future, but the economic model has to support it. There were just no guarantees because I can’t look in the crystal ball and know that I will be able to afford it years from now,” Denny Hamlin explained.