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Nationwide move for Kyle Busch Motorsports

Busch doesn't agree that driving (and owning) cars in other series during Cup weekends is a distraction. "I don't think it hurts," he said. "My idea is to have a company that will run off the foundation of itself," he added, citing Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs as examples of owners who put in place the right people to manage the team day-to-day.

KBM will also continue to field the #18 in the Truck Series as well, having announced last week that the team will continue to receive financial backing from retail chain Dollar General for ten races of the season as part of their Cup-level deal with JGR. Busch had spoken earlier in the season of the difficulties of finding the necessary funding to operate a team in one of NASCAR's national championships.

"We will run trucks also," confirmed Busch. "We will keep the 18 truck going for the full season, next year. We're just a few races shy of being a full sponsorship on that deal."

NASCAR is hoping that there will be a greater level of interest in Nationwide next season, with Danica Patrick joining the series full time after departing from IndyCar and the addition of X-Games star Travis Pastrana to the field. Another new arrival to full time competition will be Richard Childress' grandson Austin Dillon, stepping up from Truck Series competition.

NASCAR unveiled the 33-race 2012 calendar this week, which confirmed the retention of the road course race in Montreal on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve which had thought to be at risk. The season also features Nationwide's first appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the weekend of events surrounding the Brickyard 400 Cup race in July.

"We're excited to bring the NASCAR Nationwide Series to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell. "From the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 2012 schedule has a great mix of tracks that will continue to deliver great racing for our fans."

2012 Nationwide season

25 February - Daytona International Speedway
3 March - Phoenix International Raceway
10 March - Las Vegas Motor Speedway
17 March - Bristol Motor Speedway
24 March - Auto Club (Fontana, California) Speedway
13 April - Texas Motor Speedway
27 April - Richmond International Raceway
5 May - Talladega Superspeedway
11 May - Darlington Raceway
20 May - Iowa Speedway
26 May - Charlotte Motor Speedway
2 June - Dover International Speedway
16 June - Michigan International Speedway
23 June - Road America
29 June - Kentucky Speedway
6 July - Daytona International Speedway
14 July - New Hampshire Motor Speedway
22 July - Chicagoland Speedway
28 July - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4 August - Iowa Speedway
11 August - Watkins Glen International
18 August - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal)
24 August - Bristol Motor Speedway
1 September - Atlanta Motor Speedway
7 September - Richmond International Raceway
15 September - Chicagoland Speedway
22 September - Kentucky Speedway
29 September - Dover International Speedway
12 October - Charlotte Motor Speedway
20 October - Kansas Speedway
3 November - Texas Motor Speedway
10 November - Phoenix International Raceway
17 November - Homestead-Miami Speedway




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