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Kyle Busch driving for Richard Childress? Time heals all wounds, even in NASCAR




They call it “silly season,” and honestly, that’s one of the silliest things we’ve heard in a while.

Kyle Bush to Richard Childress Racing?

Until this summer, that was laughable for a number of reasons, especially for those who remember these three infamous words:

“Hold my watch.”

It was 11 years ago at Kansas Speedway when Richard Childress who was completely tired of unwinding with Bush started in the garage area after a truck series race in Kansas. Childress was 65, and Bush was 26.

Bush had Childress’ nerves for a year or more and then blew up his RCR truck during the wrong cool-down ride in Kansas.

“Enough,” it seemed, Childress declared.


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Everyone is interested in their own business, and the watch remains on the wrist.

Everyone is interested in their own business, and the watch remains on the wrist.

After the required verbal sparring failed to solve anything, Childress removed his watch and, according to onlookers at the time, put Bush in a headlock and gave him a little money.

It must have been good, because NASCAR fined Childress $150,000 for his actions and put him on probation for the rest of that season.

That’s right, Childress once ordered him to stay away from Kyle Bush, and now this? It seems that time heals all wounds.

The same applies to contract requirements.

Kyle needs a new trip soon

Busch’s longtime sponsor, M&M’s, will be leaving after this season, and it seems team owner Joe Gibbs can’t find a replacement. So Bush was rumored to be likely going here and there…

Childress, who won a No. 3 Chevy on Sunday at Daytona, was asked about the rumors afterward and certainly didn’t drop it.

“Kyle is a great racing driver,” he said. “He and I have talked. We have put all our differences behind our backs for a while.


“He is a great racing driver. He will land him on a good ride somewhere for sure.”

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The most requested free NASCAR agent in decades.

The obvious follow-up: Will you be in the Richard Childress race?

“I said that, I didn’t,” Childress replied.

Oh man, talk about a lot of moving parts. With this, as a wise man once said, it is as if you are trying to catch six pingpong balls underwater with five fingers.

Childress has two cars in his cup team. Auston Dillon’s grandson is third and isn’t going anywhere. But Tyler Reddick is in the team’s other car, #8, and he recently angered the organization by signing a contract with 23XI Racing – Team Denny Hamlin-Michael Jordan – but that deal doesn’t take effect until the 2024 season.

Childress would probably prefer to cut ties with Reddick after this season, but things aren’t always that easy, especially with the contracts signed.

However, there is the Kurt Bosch factor. Kurt, Kyle’s older brother, was sidelined for six weeks due to concussion symptoms and his return appears to be no longer guaranteed.

If Kurt finishes, or decides he doesn’t want to come back for another full season, that leaves 23XI’s #45 seat open. Perhaps Kyle could land there, but starting in 2024, this car was reserved for Riddick.

RC learned a hard lesson about an antique Rolex

So, back to the possibilities of responsible implementation of research. That didn’t seem likely in recent years, as Childress’s team failed to keep pace with the current teams owned by Gibbs, Rick Hendrick, Roger Penske and Stewart-Haas.

But Reddick’s appearance this season (two wins, eight in the top five) shows the potential for RCR. Put Kyle Bush in that seat, and don’t tell us what could happen.

oh, hold my watch?

Let’s just say, if you’ve ever pissed off a strapped old guy and started removing his watch, you’d better buckle up. Childress, in the popular podcast by Dale Earnhardt Jr., explained. A few years ago, this time-honored practice.

Apparently he learned it the hard way, years ago in Daytona Beach during the Speedwicks.

“We used to go out to bars and have a good time and everything,” Childress said. “We were at an old bar in Daytona one night and a big fight broke out. I happened to be in it.

“I had a Rolex. The first Rolex I ever had in my life. I lost it in that battle. Since then, you have always held up your watch.”

Always? Goodness RC, how many of these things have you been involved in?

This article originally appeared in the Daytona Beach News Journal: Kyle Bush and Richard Childress? Former NASCAR fans may cooperate


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