With a long-time sponsor leaving the sport, change is in the air for NASCAR.
This could mean that some adjustments could be in the offing for the fans.
And a legendary NASCAR driver says “big changes are coming” for him and his family.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch spoke of his future in the series at Watkins Glen and has let it be known that “a big change is coming” for him and his family.
Busch’s sponsor is Mars Wrigley, maker of M&M’s, Snickers, Skittles, and Pedigree.
But they have announced they are leaving the sport.
That means Busch is now a free agent late into the season.
Now he is finding himself negotiating with Joe Gibbs Racing as well as other potential suitors.
Busch owns his own team, Kyle Busch Motorsports and that funds his son’s dirt track racing as well as a number of Truck Series trucks.
Busch said at a press conference, “Let’s be frank about it, right. I’m an athlete. I make a lot of money. People aren’t going to feel or shouldn’t feel sorry for me. I’ve made a good living. That’s not the premise of this answer, but it’s been hard as hell. It’s been a lot of sleepless nights figuring out what your future is and all that sort of stuff. Everybody’s like, ‘Oh well, you’ve made plenty of money you’re fine. You don’t have anything to worry about.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s true, but you still want to do what you love to do.’”
He continued, saying, “I’m a racer. Only ever known how to race. Nothing else. Trying to do other business projects and things like that, but none of them have really blown up and taken off. So it has been hard. And figuring out all of that is certainly tough. And the first time, the last time I went through this was 15 years ago, and it was a learning experience. It was hard then too, but it was nothing like now. Then it was just me, myself, and I. I didn’t have Samantha. I didn’t have a son. I didn’t have a daughter. All I had was an agent that was helping me. Now, I’m kind of all on my own doing it along with Samantha and the family.”
Busch finished 32nd at Watkins Glen after starting 10th but lately has had mixed results.
He finished 9th at Richmond but at Michigan he came in 36th.
At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course he finished 11th, and then at Pocono he finished 36th.
Despite the rocky results over the past couple of months, Busch is locked into the playoffs thanks to a win at Bristol Motor Speedway.
He’s got one more race at Daytona this upcoming weekend to earn some more playoff points to give him a better chance at winning the Championship.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.