Kyle Busch shed light on how drivers need to have a lot of money to get an opportunity in Cup racing these days.
The Richard Childress Racing was speaking about the issue with regards to Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek. He currently drives the No. 20 Toyota full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series.
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However, going into the Cup Series could be a hurdle if the driver doesn’t have enough money as per Busch. In fact, the two-time Champion said that if the 25-year-old driver has 6 million, he would be racing in the Cup Series next year.
“This isn’t to be mean or rude or a bad word, but he needs 6 million bucks and he’ll be in a JGR Cup car next year,”
“It’s all he needs. It’s not a success game anymore. It’s a money game. So if he can find the cash, then there’ll be a seat for him. I’m pretty sure.”
Busch also spoke about how not having enough funding could block even talented drivers’ careers. However, one driver that seems to make the cut in the Cup Series is Josh Berry, who has been heavily rumored to replace Kevin Harvick at Stewart-Haas Racing.
“Fortunately, Josh Berry has now ‘made it’ per se,” Busch added. “It’s guys like that that I got a chance to go race against and have some fun with and race against the best of the best across the country.
“But sometimes when you’re here in Cup or Xfinity or whatever, the talent isn’t quite as grand as maybe it could be. If you had all of those types of guys here, it would be a lot tougher.”
The situation is a grim reality for many talented drivers who dream of racing in the Cup Series as a vast majority have to bring funding to get a ride in NASCAR’s top tier.