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Kyle Busch’s Team Going Nationwide Racing

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 21 2011

Kyle Busch Motorsports is moving up to Nationwide. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

At a time when many racing operations are scaling back, Kyle Busch has opted to ramp up as he announced Friday that the team he owns will field a full-time Nationwide Series effort next season.

Busch, whose Kyle  Busch Motorsports team has been racing in the Camping World Truck Series the past couple years, made his Nationwide announcement while leading off his “hauler chat” at Talladega.

“On behalf of myself and Kyle Busch Motorsports,” he said, “it’s just a subtle little announcement that KBM is transitioning into the Nationwide Series next year to go race a full-funded team for the championship and I can’t announce any further details, besides that it will be a Toyota. Excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for myself and for the Kyle Busch Motorsports organization for everybody there that’s there now that we have on the line to hire to bring over in order toforesee that program being successful. We’re excited. It’s a great day for us.”

Busch said more details will be unveiled as they become available.

“Crew chiefs, sponsors, drivers, all that stuff will be announced at a later time,” he said. “Wanted to get it out there before Jayski, so we did it. That was good.”

Busch said that KBM will continue to run the No. 18 truck next year.

Busch was asked how he was able to increase KMB’s schedule at a time when others are scaling back.

“Obviously,” he said, “it takes funding to do these deals and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the partner that we have acquired and with working with them and going through all the due diligence and getting everything put down on paper, certainly it’sbeen an exciting time. We’ve been going through this process now for about four months, so we’re ready and excited that the opportunity has finally come that we can move up to the Nationwide Series.

“We wanted to do that at Kyle Busch Motorsports now for a couple of years. We actually wanted to have two truck teams out of there this year and we’ve kind of done that. We’ve run part-time with a second team. It’s been good, but this just kind of takes us to the next level and we’d like to make it a long-term partnership that it helps out over time with NASCAR and the series and making sure Kyle Busch Motorsports can stay going.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 21 2011
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