It has been well documented in earlier posts that Kurt Busch will run for the Sprint Cup Championship in the #51 Chevy for Phoenix Racing and in addition to that he will also run a limited number of Nationwide races with Phoenix Racings #1 Chevy. But did you know that Kurt will also be driving part time for Kyle Busch motorsports? There were rumours of that happening and it appears to be true. The two will split time in the #54 Monster Energy Camry…with Kurt getting most of the seat time.
Kyle Busch has turned to a familiar face to get his Kyle Busch Motorsports first-year Nationwide Series team off to a good start — his brother, Kurt.
Kurt Busch will drive the No. 54 Toyota in 20 series races this coming season, with Kyle Busch expected to fill out the remainder of the schedule, it was announced Thursday.
Kurt Busch also will run a limited number of Nationwide races with Phoenix Racing, starting with the season opener at Daytona.
Kyle Busch is the all-time leader in Nationwide victories with 51, having surpassed Mark Martin’s record of 49 this past season. He has won at least eight series races in each of the past four years.
Kurt Busch won the first Nationwide race he started, at Texas in 2006. He has three wins in 12 career starts, including a victory last year at Watkins Glen, his only start in 2011.
Kyle Busch Motorsports debuted as a Camping World Truck Series program in 2010. In two years, the team has amassed 16 wins, 14 by the team owner.
Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Monster Energy Company as primary sponsor of the team’s #54 Monster Energy Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Team owner Kyle Busch, the all-time race winning driver in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will share driving duties with his brother Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. Kyle will drive the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway and the subsequent four races through California before splitting the balance of the season with Kurt. The team’s goal will be to capture an Owner’s Championship in its inaugural race season, similar to the Owner’s Championship accomplished by KBM in its first full season in the Camping World Truck Series in 2010. The development of this duo as teammates fits perfectly for primary team sponsor Monster Energy, who foregoes traditional forms of advertising and instead seeks brand exposure through the use of Extreme Athletes. With Monster Energy looking for increased presence across the NASCAR fan base, the company identified the Busch brothers as the drivers that best fit its family of Monster Energy Team Athletes. To complement the driver lineup, and ensure a strong competitive advantage, KBM brings industry veteran and winning crew chief Mike Beam into the fold as the #54 Monster Energy Camry team leader. Beam is a long-time fixture in NASCAR who has accomplished career victories across all three major touring series. At an early age, Mike became a successful contributor towards a variety of competitive racing organizations including Petty Enterprises and Roush Fenway Racing.
Should be loads of fun!