Kurt Busch weighing everything when it comes to retirement

NASCAR great Kurt Busch said there’s a 50/50 chance that 2021 will be his final season in racing

The DA Show
October 01, 2020 - 12:34 pm

NASCAR great Kurt Busch has said there’s a 50/50 chance that 2021 will be his final season in racing. On Thursday, Busch, 42, opened up about the factors that could impact his decision whether or not to retire.

“I feel like the things that I’ve done in NASCAR and the checklist items I’ve been able to accomplish are almost complete, but there’s still something out there,” Busch said on The DA Show. “ I have great, great sponsors . . . With Chip Ganassi, it’s a lot of fun to race for a guy like him where he’s no-B.S., and he demands performance. That’s who I am. I love that.”

At the same time, Busch, who is in his 20th full-time NASCAR Cup Series season, recognizes that he is one of the older drivers in the sport.

“There’s a new kid coming in at Ganassi next year. His name’s Ross Chastain,” Busch said of the 27-year-old. “He reminds me a lot of myself, and there’s a lot of old-guy wisdom that I have that I can help give to that young kid. So we’ll see.”

Age, of course, isn’t the only factor that Busch will consider.

“I like the Next Gen car that I’m seeing on the horizon for NASCAR,” he said. “I like the schedule with all these road courses that have popped up next year. My wife, she loves to go to the races but right now hasn’t been able to – and nobody’s been able to. All of this – COVID, the sponsorships, the TV side of it – we’ll see how it all weighs in. I don’t know if one thing [is] more important than the next, other than just happiness with my family.”