“We didn't want to prove it, but we kind of proved that [skipping Nationwide and Truck] didn't do anything [for Cup],” Busch said. "We tried something and it didn't work."
"There were certainly some benefits to him not driving," insisted Busch's Cup car crew chief Dave Rogers. "I had access to him during the Nationwide race, other drivers didn't get mad at him because he jumped them on a restart or crazy stuff like that that tends to happen.
“But the con that you gave up is Kyle really loves to race," Rogers admitted. "He is the very happiest when he is sitting in the seat driving the car to its limit. The negative to him not driving [is that] he just wasn't as excited to go to the racetrack each weekend because he was only going to drive one time instead of three."
"He thrives on it," Joe Gibbs conceded. "He kind of took a year where he didn't do as much and now his schedule is going to be crowded. But I don't think it is something that he can't handle."
The solution that the the two parties have arrived at is for Busch to drive JGR's car in 25 races this year's Nationwide Series, expanding his number of races and eliminating the direction competition. Busch brings with him the car number (#54) and the Monster Energy drinks sponsorship from last year's Kyle Busch Motorsports entry.
"Part of the agreement is that I've brought over the Monster [sponsorship deal," Busch explained. "Joe was adamant about me racing his Nationwide cars out of his place at Joe Gibbs Racing, so as part of my deal I'll be rejoining forces with [JGR Nationwide crew chief] Adam Stevens. We'll fill out the rest of the races with some younger talent to get out there for us," he added of the remaining eight races in the Nationwide schedule that he'll sit out.
Kyle Busch Motorsports will still run a separate car for Parker Kligerman in 2013, but as part of the joint reconciliation the team will now be supplied engines by the JGR workshop. JGR have also signed off on Busch returning to Truck Series competition with KBM for 10 events, or nearly half the season.
Busch will once again be joined at JGR by Denny Hamlin, and also by new team signing Matt Kenseth. Joe Gibbs said the off-season chemistry between the trio had been exceptionally good.
"I was thinking this whole offseason they got along great and everything, but that's going to last until about the first time they get alongside each other up front!" Gibbs laughed. "And I'm going to be ducking and dodging. All of these guys driving for us, we know each one is going to be going after [the 2013 title.]"
"It sounds like Kyle and Denny are already tied for the championship this year, but I'm looking forward to this anyway!" smiled Kenseth as his new team mates traded quips at this week's media event hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Slightly more seriously, he added: "I feel like it's a great opportunity to go and hopefully compete for some wins and try to compete for a championship."