If you are looking for an article speculating on whether it is Kyle BuschLast year with Joe Gibbs Racing or his last year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series or even his last year in the NASCAR Cup Series, look elsewhere. I’ll save this stuff for insiders who can put JGR President David Alpern on the horn in seconds or email Busch teammates Denny Hamlin or Christopher Bell for the scoop.
The fact is, whether it’s this year or 10 years from now, Kyle Busch will at some point retire from NASCAR. It’s just a fact. Hey, if he wanted to quit right now, that wouldn’t be the worst idea. At 37, the Las Vegas native has accomplished more than enough in the sport. Except for winning the Daytona 500, he’s done just about everything: two Cup championships, an Xfinity Series championship, the most Xfinity Series wins of all time (102), and the Truck (62). And while becoming one of the most controversial drivers of NASCAR’s modern era. He certainly did more than enough to justify heading out into the sunset and waiting for that NASCAR Hall of Fame induction to arrive.
But, as I said, I’m not here to lay out a timeline for Kyle Busch’s retirement. I’m more interested in what he decides to do with this retirement. And, if it were up to me (which it isn’t, although it would be hilarious if it were), I see a clear path for Rowdy. It’s not as an analyst or a podcast host or as a guy who comes back to NASCAR a few times a year or so, to give it another try behind the wheel (though, no shade to Dale Earnhardt Jr., he is excellent in all three areas). No, I see a clear path for Rowdy after deciding to hang up his racing helmet and fire suit for good and park his No. 18 Toyota for one last time: the movies.
Swap the racetrack for the red carpet
Now I know what you’re thinking: That’s a great idea, why didn’t I think of that?! Ok, fine, you probably actually think that makes absolutely no sense given Kyle’s experience, and on paper I would agree with you. For one thing, Kyle doesn’t have too many movie or tv credits to his name. Except for the role of West Virginia State Trooper #2 in Lucky Logan (I’ve never seen this movie, but I’m sure Kyle is falling for the part) he didn’t do anything but play himself. But, just listen to me here, okay?
Kyle Busch is already doing a fantastic job playing the NASCAR villain. We saw it in his interviews over the years. We saw it in the way he treats fans when they boo him. We’ve seen how outspoken he can be against other drivers, his own team, or even NASCAR as an organization. Now imagine if Kyle channeled that same energy and became Hollywood’s next bad guy. He would start small of course, perhaps as an easily dispatched henchman in the next John Wick film. Then he slowly rose through the ranks: slightly more effective henchman, the best henchman with a few funny lines, a fearsome mob boss who definitely doesn’t have an Italian accent (Busch doesn’t strike me as a big guy with accents). If he plays his cards right, Kyle could be on the fast track to becoming the next supervillain in any avengers the sequel would be next (I guess it’s the 73rd).
So, Kyle, if you’re reading this (and I know you are), after deciding to leave NASCAR, take your talents to Hollywood. And, when you do, I’ll be there the night of the premiere of that first movie, a really big bag of M&M’s in my hand.