What's the Best-Case Scenario for Kyle Busch Next Season?

Michael GuadalupeFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 09:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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Kyle Busch always seems to end up in some type of trouble before the NASCAR season is over.  More recently, in 2012 he went on a tirade about Toyota Racing Development and needed to issue an apology after the head of TRD spoke out about what Busch had said.

In 2011, he found himself in hot water after a move he pulled in the Camping World Series. Busch clearly has a bit of a temper, but is still one of the top drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Joe Gibbs Racing is currently trying to sign him to a contract extension, so they don't enter 2013 with Busch only having one year remaining on his contract.

With his M&M sponsor on board, Gibbs obviously has no problems with Busch and his temper, or else he wouldn't bother to try and sign him to a contract extension.

Is Joe Gibbs Racing the best place for him though?

Even though he apologized for his TRD outburst, Busch is clearly harbored negative feelings toward the Toyota engines with which he raced last season. Maybe switching over to another team with a different engine build would calm Busch down?

Perhaps stepping away from Denny Hamlin and now Matt Kenseth would help Busch break out more as a driver. Or, he might simply need to focus on driving and worry less about complaining.

With the 2012 season done and the 2013 season just around the corner, what's the best-case scenario for Kyle Busch?


Goodbye Gibbs?

If Kyle has a problem with TRD, it's time he started looking elsewhere for a ride.

He did have several engine problems in the 2012 season, and that might be enough for Busch to decide not to drive for a company supported by Toyota.

Still, it's hard to see where Busch could go that would equal the level of Joe Gibbs Racing. Both Hendrick and Roush-Fenway teams seem to be packed, and the only other team that might possibly have room would be Richard Childress Racing.

After their fight in 2011, though, it seems like a far stretch for Busch to end up at RCR.

He could always try his luck with starting his own Sprint Cup Series team, but that is something easier said than done.

Busch signing the contract extension which Gibbs is offering is the best scenario for him moving forward.

Toyota might have had its issues last season, but 2013 is a new year, and might be one dominated by TRD. There are no other teams out there for Busch to drive for that would be better than JGR at this point, so he needs to stick it out and continue racing for Gibbs.


Shut Up and Drive

Regardless of if Busch decides to stay with JGR after 2013, one thing is certain for next season: He needs to shut up and drive.

He is one of the best drivers in the Sprint Cup Series but constantly lets his anger and his complaining get in his way.

Some things won’t always go his way, and how he handles certain situations would reflect better on him. Storming off after a race because things didn't go his way, or going off on tirades when equipment fails, makes Busch look like a hot head.

He's lucky Gibbs want's to sign him to an extension, but if he doesn't calm down and just focus on driving, he's going to end up driving for an under-funded team, similar to what happened to his older brother Kurt in 2012.

Kyle Busch needs to re-focus for the 2013 season, and try to start the year off the right way, like he did when he won the Budweiser Shootout in 2012.

Letting his anger get the best of him has caused sponsorship problems, like it did in 2011 when M&M's dropped Busch for the last two races.

His best-case scenario for 2013 would be to remain with Gibbs, and instead of throwing tantrums when things don't go his way, he needs to focus on winning races and going for the Sprint Cup championship.