NASCAR has seen plenty of team changes in the past couple of seasons, but nothing bigger than what is happening in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Two-time Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch has officially sold his truck team, Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), to Spire Motorsports. The sale comes only a year after KBM moved to Chevrolet after many years as the series' top Toyota team.
Spire Motorsports has tremendous respect for Kyle and Samantha Busch, their staff and everything they?ve built and accomplished at KBM over the years. They created a record-setting, championship-winning race team. Those accomplishments can?t be overstated. https://t.co/a0NbnKbnI2 pic.twitter.com/GknNzjMB1W
— Spire Motorsports (@SpireMotorsport) September 27, 2023
Spire has quickly become one of the more powerful up-and-coming teams as of late including their recent addition of a third charter in the Cup Series. Now they can really put themselves to the front of the truck series with the purchase of KBM and all of its assets.
Busch made the news official when he confirmed reports suggesting the sale was happening to Fox Sports' Bob Pockrass.
Busch later released a statement on the KBM X page expressing his gratitude for all who have been involved with KBM over the years.
— Kyle Busch Motorsports (@KBMteam) September 27, 2023
"When we started the Truck Series team back in 2010, I never imagined that we would be able to win 100 races with 18 different drivers and that one day I'd be racing in the Cup Series alongside so many of the drivers that I once mentored at KBM. I owe a lot of gratitude to so many people, starting with Samantha and my family for believing in this dream that I had," Busch said. "It took countless hours by so many amazing people to make KBM the winningest team in Truck Series history. I will always appreciate everyone that walked through the doors and gave their all to make this such a successful organization. Not only has it been the people that were employed here, but it's also the families that supported them while they worked long hours and traveled on the weekend sacrificing time at home and missing family events. And I certainly can't say enough thanks to Toyota for the first 13 years of support and to Chevrolet for stepping up to the plate this year. Due to their commitment and that of our great sponsors, we've been able to compete at the highest levels and hang a lot of banners."
Busch then addressed why this sale was necessary and needed to happen now, citing where he is in his Cup career, and making sure his son Brexton gets the guidance he needs in his own racing career.
"I'm at a different point in my life now than I was back in 2010. My family has grown, my Cup Series team changed this year, and our son's racing schedule has become as demanding as my own, " Busch said. "It's important to me to be able to spend more time with my family and my No. 8 team at Richard Childress Racing. It'll be hard to walk away from the amazing facility that we have built. I'll miss walking the shop floor talking with our employees, hosting our fan days in the lobby, and spending countless hours there ensuring its success. However, I know at this point in my life and in my career, that this is the correct decision."
Busch has given so much back to NASCAR through his team, it's sad to see KBM go, but it will be in good hands with Spire Motorsports. Spire has already put itself in a good place, with so many Cup drivers having driven for the team, adding the bits and pieces from KBM, will only make them better.
While this may be the final season for KBM, we likely haven't seen the last of Kyle behind the wheel in the Craftsman Truck Series. He's a racer, and racers race.
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