JGR hopeful Kyle Busch will stay

Updated: October 2, 2012, 1:22 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

DOVER, Del. -- Joe Gibbs Racing hopes to get Kyle Busch's contract extended well before it expires after the 2013 season.

Team president J.D. Gibbs said on Sunday at Dover International Speedway he would like to have a new deal "sooner rather than later" and he believes it is Busch's intention to stay.

"It's always neat to have it done sooner than later," Gibbs said. "All of our drivers, different times, when it works, what fits? We're in that process now."

Gibbs said there is no sense of urgency from JGR or Busch to get an extension done before the end of this season.

"He doesn't feel like it's a big panic to do it," Gibbs said. "Contracts nowadays, there's just a lot of stuff in them. There's the whole appearance thing, there's the whole what you are required to do, how do you mix it?

"Personally, I would love it to go sooner than later, but we're in no panic mode."

Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch

Gibbs also confirmed the possibility that JGR could hire Nationwide Series points leader Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers to drive full-time in the Nationwide Series next season.

"That's a potential," Gibbs said. "I think we have to wait a little while before we can say anything officially."

Sadler, who has made it clear he will not return to Richard Childress Racing after this season, would drive one car with OneMain Financial as the primary sponsor. He also is expected to drive a part-time Sprint Cup schedule.

Vickers would drive the second car with Dollar General as the sponsor.

Gibbs said the plan is to field a third car for his Cup drivers and developmental drivers Drew Herring and Darrell Wallace Jr. to share.

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