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Busch Brothers team up for Nationwide effort

Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:24 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 9:12 pm
By Pete Pistone

(The Busch Brothers will share driving duties in the No. 54 Toyota sponsored by Monster Energy in 2012)


It will be Busch Brothers "Shootout Style' in the Nationwide Series this season.

Kyle Busch Motorsports announced its 2012 plans on Thursday that will see brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch share time behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota.

Monster Energy will sponsor the effort, which will compete for the Nationwide Series owners' championship.

Kyle is slated to run 13-15 races with Kurt taking the wheel for the remainder of the 33 race schedule.

“I’m proud to be a part of it," Kurt said of joining his brother's organization. "He won a Truck Series championship in his first year, and his team has kept on winning ever since. Now, it’s moving to the Nationwide Series, where the bar will remain high. His expectations are the same as mine, and we know each other better than anyone. We’re driven to win, and with Monster Energy driving us, we’ll be a tough team to beat.”

The starts in his own ride will be the only Nationwide Series races on Kyle's schedule this year as Sprint Cup owner Joe Gibbs "recommended" he curtail his participation in the JGR cars set to compete this season.

Kurt will augment his KBM Nationwide schedule with a handful of starts for his new Sprint Cup Series team owner James Finch's NWS entry and compete at restrictor plate tracks in the team's Chevrolet.

Veteran crew chief Mike Beam will call the shots for the KBM No. 54 ride this season.

"I am excited to join the KBM team and to have Monster Energy as our sponsor," stated Beam. "Kyle and Kurt are two of the best drivers in NASCAR. To contend for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner's Championship with Monster Energy and to have all of the elements in place that make a great team, you can not help being excited to be a part of this."

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Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:35 pm

Busch Brothers team up for Nationwide effort

No doubt Kyle and Kurt will probably dominate the Nationwide Series this season. I'm not a fan of Cup drivers running in the Nationwide Series, but that's another issue.

Monster Energy, like Red Bull, is heavily involved in extreme sports. Think of the X Games if you aren't familiar with extreme sports. Fans of extreme sports are a perfect fit for NASCAR's targeted demographics. The big question is: How will NASCAR draw these young folks to the track?  

Let's see what the Busch brothers can do in 2012.


Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:17 pm

Busch Brothers team up for Nationwide effort

 2 of the best drivers teaming up. Say what you want about them, they are gonna win! Go 54!

Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:36 am

Busch Brothers team up for Nationwide effort

Now we have team dip $hit in the NNS....

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:32 am

Busch Brothers team up for Nationwide effort

Who they gonna meet at thre trailer now!!! Just when you thought it was safe to go back out on the track. daa duh daa duh!!!

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:15 pm

Busch Brothers team up for Nationwide effort

So much for Kyle Busch staying out of the lower tier series in 2012... but this might be one of the most entertaining rides to watch in the Nationwide Series this year. Imagine the scene in the hauler after Kurt Busch turns $250,000 of his brother's equipment into tinfoil for the 3rd consecutive race. Or Kyle threatening to pull big brother out of the ride if he can't manage a top ten. In the words of Bart Scott, "Can't Wait"!

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