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Kurt Busch Emotional Speech: NASCAR Farewell and Mentorship Commitment

Kurt Busch Emotional Speech: Kurt Busch, a former NASCAR Cup Series champion, received a heartfelt tribute at the 2023 NASCAR Awards Banquet, greeting a standing ovation before delivering a stirring speech.

Twenty-three years ago, Busch stormed into NASCAR’s upper echelons, seizing the Cup Series championship in 2004. Across diverse teams and manufacturers, he’s weathered numerous triumphs and setbacks. A career halted by a Pocono crash last season culminated in Busch announcing his retirement earlier this year.

At the Awards Ceremony in Nashville’s Music City Center, a grateful audience lauded Busch’s contributions to the sport with a standing ovation. Emotions ran high as the 45-year-old reminisced about his two-decade-long tenure in the Cup Series.

“In this tightly knit community, it’s easy to overlook the importance of gratitude and reflection for those who’ve stood by you. So, a heartfelt thank you to NASCAR, team owners, sponsors, and manufacturers,” Busch expressed, acknowledging the unwavering support he received, especially from the venerable Monster Energy brand during the latter stages of his career.

“I extend my gratitude to all who’ve supported me through the rollercoaster of victories and adversities. I’ve won and crashed, but it’s been an incredible journey. I believe my next chapter lies in mentoring aspiring talents — young enthusiasts aspiring to be engineers, crew chiefs, or racers,” he added.

Expressing profound appreciation, Busch thanked his family, notably younger brother Kyle Busch, for their unwavering support that propelled him to the pinnacle of racing.

“Championing this sport requires relentless drive and early life lessons. Gratitude to my parents and my brother Kyle, always propelling each other to the next level,” Busch acknowledged, moving his brother to tears during the poignant speech.

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“Translating lessons into progress is my aim for the next generation of racers and everyone involved in NASCAR,” he concluded, signifying his intent to remain connected to the sport by mentoring drivers at 23XI Racing, despite relinquishing his spot behind the wheel.”

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Our Reader’s Queries

Is Nascar banquet on TV?

Regrettably, individuals hoping to view the banquet will not be able to do so on conventional television or on the same night, as it will be broadcasted at a later time. The initial chance to watch it on TV will be on Sunday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM EST, exclusively on Peacock.

How old is Kurt Busch?

Kyle Busch’s older brother hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has made a name for himself in the Cup Series. With a career spanning over two decades, he has driven for some of the biggest names in racing, including Chip Ganassi Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, and Penske Racing. His impressive track record speaks for itself, and as of December 25, 2021, he continues to be a force to be reckoned with on the track.

Since 1948, NASCAR has been led by the France family, with Jim France taking over as CEO in August 2018. The company is based in Daytona Beach, Florida and oversees more than 1,500 races annually across 100 tracks in 48 states, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe. NASCAR’s hub is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia, a distinguished BA (Hons) English graduate from St. Stephen College (University of Delhi) and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (English) from IIMC Delhi, is an accomplished journalist. Currently affiliated with, Khushal is an expert in covering a range of sports topics with a specialization in motorsports, particularly NASCAR. His insightful articles explore the nuances of the sporting world, providing readers with comprehensive analysis and the latest updates. With a commitment to unbiased reporting, Khushal's expertise and authoritative voice make him a reliable source for sports enthusiasts.


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