The first NASCAR champion crowned in the Playoff era has announced his retirement.
The former NASCAR champion, Kurt Busch, announced in a social media post on Saturday that he is retiring from Cup Series competition.
Kurt Busch was sidelines with concussion-like symptoms last season after the wreck during qualifying at Pocono Raceway in July. The decision to retire by Kurt Busch was based on the medical opinion that he has not been able to reach 100 percent of the capabilities that had made him an elite driver in the NASCAR’s top series.
Kurt Busch plans to continue in a consulting role with 23XI Racing, that is co-owned by his fellow driver, Denny Hamlin and NBA star Michael Jordan. Kurt Busch also thanked his fans, family, sponsors, and team, and said that it is time for a new journey that he is excited to get started.
Kurt Busch noted that he is not at 100% of his ability to compete but he said that he might, one day, race in some form of motorsport.
According to NASCAR, Kurt Busch’s Hall of Fame-caliber career was marked by high and lows, but his driving talent and tendency toward winning were constant. Kurt Busch has collected 34 Cup Series wins.
Kurt Busch said that he still held hope before this season that he would be able to return to the cockpit to race again, but he said that he had accepted his potential fate if his career was at an end. He reflected his long career at NASCAR’s top level and offered his thanks for his career.