“It’s something that is really exciting that we’ve been working on for a long time,” Busch said. “I probably took a few years off coach’s life, but hopefully not. I’ll repay him somehow, maybe with some championships.”
He finished 13th in the Sprint Cup standings and missed the Chase. And while he ranked second in the Cup in laps led, he only found Victory Lane once and finished the year with 13 top-five finishes after winning a combined 19 races the previous four years.
Busch ran his own car in the Nationwide Series and was winless in 22 races, posting three seconds and two thirds after winning 40 races in the previous four seasons. He competed in three events on the Camping World Truck series but failed to win there, too.
He called it his “worst season ever.”
“So I will be rejoining forces here and running about 25 races and then filling out the rest of the races with some younger talent in the non-companion races,” Busch said.
“The good news is we signed him to a long-term deal, the bad news is we now work for him _ and we’re broke,” Gibbs joked.
While his drivers are friends and teammates, Gibbs said he expects some of that to wear off when February arrives.