Kurt Busch has formally announced his retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series. The Las Vegas native suffered a concussion in a crash last season and announced last fall that he would not return to full-time competition in 2023.
Busch remained with 23XI Racing this season as a consultant to drivers Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick.
Speaking to reporters in Saturday, Busch said:
The toughest part is my body’s fatigue of going through physical therapy, and having a day on, day off. “Different things in my body now are much more sensitive, with my arthritis, my gout, and it’s tough to walk some days after therapy, just with my feet cramping up. So then when I try the (racing) simulator, now things are feeling different. So, I’m just working through other steps to still keep pushing, and I just enjoy the sport. I enjoy my family here.”
Busch has a total of 34 career race wins. In 2014, Busch competed in the 98th Indianapolis 500, starting 12th and finishing 6th taking home Rookie of the Year.