Chip Ganassi Racing takes its final checkered flag in NASCAR on Sunday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway, and Kurt Busch said the word ‘heavy’ is the emotion around the organization.

“(It’s) a good word to use with everything that’s gone on at Ganassi Racing this year,” said Busch after qualifying fifth for the Cup Series season finale. “And for us to stick together and have gone this far through the playoffs and been in contention running for top-five; it’s one of those moments in time. You’ll always remember how you put an effort together, and everybody had to dig pretty dig to make it to the end of ’21.”

Busch and Ross Chastain will go down as the final two drivers for Ganassi as he shutters his program after this weekend. Ganassi sold his two charters and assets to Justin Marks and Trackhouse Racing when Marks came calling earlier this year with an offer Ganassi couldn’t refuse. It ends a two-decade run for Ganassi in stock cars.

A former series champion, Busch joined the organization in 2019 and has won three races driving the No. 1 Chevrolet. He made the playoffs in all three seasons. Eliminated from the playoffs in the Round of 16, Busch goes into the finale sitting 11th in the standings.

At the team shop in Concord, North Carolina, there was a final team lunch with Ganassi in attendance earlier…

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