Sunday at Sonoma wasn’t the greatest of days for Kyle Busch and his No. 18 machine. After a race filled with ups and downs Busch wound up finishing in the 25th position. Busch has been in a bit of a skid lately having only one top-10 finish in his last eight races. During that eight race stretch he has four finishes of 21st or worse. Aside from his on-track performance, Busch has also been in the news because of the rumored move of Carl Edwards to Joe Gibbs Racing. As the rumor goes, Edwards was going to be taking over the M&M’s sponsorship upon joining JGR in 2015.
Although nothing to this point can be confirmed about Edwards, a rep for JGR did confirm this weekend that the M&M’s sponsorship would be staying with Busch and the No. 18 team. While that is good news for Busch fans who like seeing him in that ride, it makes the comment following the Toyota/SaveMart 350 even stranger.
Following the race on Sunday as Busch was driving to the garage area he asked the following question over his radio as Edwards was celebrating on the track.
Is the M&M’s contract signed yet?
After asking the question someone replied back with a simple “No.” My question is fairly simple, why in the world is Busch worried about a sponsor deal just moments after finishing a race? In fact, he was so concerned about it that he couldn’t even wait until he got out of the car to ask because he asked as he was driving to the garage area.
JGR may have come out and said there is nothing to worry about in regards to Busch and M&M’s and that may end up being the case. However, you cannot deny that the timing of that comment is a bit strange. Moments after a race drivers usually have a lot on their minds and sponsor contracts don’t usually tend to rank high on that list. Is it plausible that Edwards winning the race had something to do with Busch asking about the contract? Is it possible that the deal with M&M’s isn’t a sure thing?
I guess that we will have to wait and see. What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think.