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Sponsorship limbo hangs over Michael Jordan’s $150m NASCAR team amid stunning Kurt Busch news

Earlier, 23XI Racing driver Kurt Busch announced some surprising news. As it happens, he’s taking a step back from full-time racing in the 2023 Cup Series season. Naturally, his status will have a massive impact on the 2023 NASCAR driver market. First and foremost, 23XI Racing will recruit Tyler Reddick, long before he’s supposed to join the organization.

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May 21, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) drives on pit road before cup practice for All-Star Race Weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer – USA TODAY Sports

Plus, you also have to think about Busch’s sponsor, Monster Energy. Clearly, Monster Energy has been associated with Busch for a long time. So one has to wonder what this news means for them on the NASCAR Cup Series stage. So far, the energy drink brand has been quiet on the issue, as they ponder the dilemma.

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Where does Tyler Reddick fit into the equation after the Kurt Busch news?

Meanwhile, Reddick saidThe circumstances that led to the availability of the seat are very unfortunate. But I’m really excited to start my journey with 23XI Racing a year early!

This is a reference to the fact that Reddick was originally slated to join the organization for the 2024 season. However, the news now throws a huge wrench in the works. Of course, it probably wouldn’t have gone over well with Reddick to get his 23XI Racing seat, at the expense of Busch’s career. Unfortunately, these are the cards that have been given out, so the drivers and 23XI Racing have to work with that.

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The big question now is whether Kurt Busch and Tyler Reddick will share the same car. Or will the current Richard Childress Racing driver be a full-time driver and Busch will share his ride with another driver? To make things even better, he starts on pole position for the Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Obviously, Busch is still out of action and will not return in the 2022 Cup Series season. Instead, he will most likely prepare for the 2023 campaign, if there is one.

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