Team owner Jack Roush invested in developing Kyle Busch and Joey Logano as teenagers only to see both sign with other organizations. It was not money well spent. But Roush, who has three of his five drivers in the Chase for the Championship, said he wouldn't trade any of his current lineup to have either back. Especially Busch.
"Kyle Busch, we certainly had a chance to look at Kyle and his brother Kurt [the 2004 Cup champion at Roush Fenway] for that matter and the fact is they are not the kind of personality and they don't have the moral code on the race track that we look for," Roush said. "I wish him well. They're going to win a lot of championships. They're going to do well, but I wouldn't trade any of my rookies that are coming or any of the guys that are in the door in the Cup rides for anybody else I see in the field, including Kyle or Kurt."
Kyle Busch, 23, who joined Hendrick Motorsports at age 18 after competing in the truck series for Roush at 16, enters the Chase as points-leader and an eight-race winner for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Logano could make his first Cup start this weekend at age 18. Logano's father, Tom, told the St. Petersburg Times in 2005 that Roush had encouraged him to buy a $900,000 race shop in the Charlotte area to house a car the team provided for his use, but never invested in his Hooters Pro Cup program. Logano opted to sign with JGR, his father said, when Roush Fenway executives kept altering their proposed contract. Roush president Geoff Smith said Tom Logano used his team to leverage a better deal at JGR.
"We looked at the potential of involving him in our program early on and we didn't have a spot for him, we didn't have a place that was really what he needed at that point in his career, so we missed Joey," said Roush of Logano, who this year became the Nationwide Series' youngest race-winner. "There's so many talented young people coming along and so few rides, even in a big program like mine, that you just can't make partners and you can't be in support of every talent that's out there. Joey will do well. There's no question about that. Hopefully he has a great moral code that will be involved by the fans and the sponsors."