TULSA, Okla. (BVM) – The Busch family name holds a lot of weight in the racing community. For years, brothers Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch have been competing on the race track together.
However, a new member of the Busch family is breaking into the racing scene, Kyle’s son Brexton, and this week, the father and son have had the opportunity to race together at the Lucas Oil Tulsa Shootout.
The 38th Tulsa Shootout held at the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma is the world’s largest micro sprint racing event in the world held annually between Christmas and New Year’s. There are six different racing classes to compete in at the dirt racing event, including Outlaw Winged and Non-Winged Micros, Stock Winged and Non-Winged Micros, Restricted Micros and Junior Sprints. The event continues to draw more and more participants, with a record number of entries seen last year.
Two of those participants were Kyle and Brexton, and the father-son duo has decided to run it back at the event in 2022.
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) December 27, 2022
While Kyle has seen middling results thus far in the event, Brexton has performed well, finishing second in a Junior Sprint division race on Wednesday, and third in a qualifying race on Thursday. Speaking with FloRacing after his second-place finish in the Junior Sprint heat race on Wednesday, Brexton was happy about his improvement from last year.
“I think one more lap and I would have got him,” Brexton said. “Now I’m really fast. Last year I wasn’t super, super good … the Tulsa Shootout is the best weekend ever.”
Asked about his dad racing at the event, Brexton ended his post-race interview with a little trash talk.
“I think I’m way better than him,” he said.
— FloRacing (@FloRacing) December 29, 2022
As 7-year-old Brexton continues to grow, perhaps we will see him and Kyle competing in a NASCAR event in the future. For the elder Busch, that continues to be where his focus is after a bit of a tumultuous 2022 season that saw mixed results on the track, but a lot of drama off of it with rumors swirling regarding whether or not he would continue competing with his longtime Joe Gibbs Racing team.
By the fall, the dust finally settled, as Kyle announced he would be joining Richard Childress Racing (RCR) for the 2023 season. The two-time Cup Series champion will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet for RCR, formerly driven by Tyler Reddick.
Recently, Kyle and his team also announced the new sponsors he will have on his new ride this upcoming season, including Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, 3CHI, Alsco, Lenovo and BetMGM.
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) December 8, 2022
— RCR (@RCRracing) December 8, 2022
Kyle will likely make his debut in the No. 8 car as the 2023 NASCAR season gets underway with the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum in Los Angeles on Feb. 5. Then, things get going for real on Feb. 19 with the 65th running of the Daytona 500.
Fans will wait to see if the 60-time Cup Series race winner can get back on track with his new team, as the 2023 season will be a fresh start with new expectations. However, for now, Kyle can continue to enjoy a special week of racing with Brexton, one of many that the future likely holds for the father and son.