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“This could happen to me” – Kyle Busch refuses to meet Kevin Harvick’s NASCAR fate

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Kevin Harvick otherwise there would have been two Bill France Cups Kyle Buschs First, at the end of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The fates of the familiar rivals appear to be intertwined, as Rowdy now drives for the very organization that Harvick hasn't won a championship with in over a decade – Richard Childress Racing.

When Harvick retired, he was almost 48 years old. Busch is now only 38 years old and rumors of retirement are already circulating. Although his career dynamic was somewhat similar to that of his former rival, Rowdy has dismissed any claims of a downward trend while pointing to RCR's first championship in nearly three decades.

Can Kyle Busch RCR win its first title in decades?

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In an interview on his YouTube channel, Kenny Wallace brought up an interesting but unpredictable conversation when he spoke to Kyle Busch about coming off his peak after “about five hours” of winning a Cup race. Kenny asked Rowdy: “Are you adding a little more to the wind or is that a curse?”

Busch had a very insightful answer for Wallace: “When you're young and win races for the first time. Like you're going to take this in, you're going to take it in. You're going to party as long as you can… But the focus turns forward and then I think as you, you know, get older and a little deeper into your career and you just don't know how often they're going to come or when will be the last. “

To put things into context, he used the example of former RCR star Harvick, who joined as a rookie in 2001. He said: “I look back at Kevin, for example, you know, where I think his last win was the year before last at Richmond… He couldn't get to Victory Lane, but he had a lot of strong runs… Just not. I’m not getting this trophy, so I know that could happen to me.”

The clarifications were duly made and Rowdy stated: “I think that’s what happened to all the greats, right? Like they've all had years where they didn't win, even though you mentioned it. The 19 years of winning, man, I want to carry that until I'm done. I want to say it's 23, 24, 25 years of success and nothing will ever be touched on that. So that’s kind of my opinion…”

Still, Kyle Busch has a chance to turn RCR's fortunes around by winning the championship outright, something Harvick couldn't do. And this could be another indirect sign of their legendary rivalry.

A look back at a legendary rivalry

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The rivalry between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch dates back to 2011 at Homestead when Harvick wrecked Busch at the Ford 400. Two years later, in his final season for RCR, Harvick broke Busch's four-year winning streak at Richmond. The following year, Harvick transferred to Tony Stewart And Gene Haas' cooperative racing team company in NASCAR. Their rivalry has certainly tempered over the years. Ahead of his final season, Harvick explains in a statement how much his relationship with Busch has evolved over the decades.

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He had told NASCAR.com: “I get on great with Kyle…We'll compete and be mad at each other, but I have a good relationship with Kyle, but I can tell you my car runs faster when I have a teammate like Kyle. Because when all the cars are going fast, they all go faster and faster. So I'm 100% open to having Kyle as a teammate. I think this particular case in itself is something that I feel… I don't even know, I haven't heard anything about it from my organization…”

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Instead, Busch joined Harvick's former team in 2023 and won three races in his debut season. The current season has been dismal for the driver, but such pedigree can only mean better prospects for the future.