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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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Kyle Busch on the grid for the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway - June 2011. [Picture credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Comcast Business Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, qualifies for seventh position Friday, April 17, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Busch is 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag for the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, poses after winning the Coors Light Pole Award during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 10, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, poses after winning the Coors Light Pole Award during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 10, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 AXE Chevrolet, goes through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 10, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the # 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s ChevroletSS, qualifies for second position Friday, April 10, 2015 for Saturday night`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Joining Harvick on the front row will be Pole winner Kurt Busch, driver of the # 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the # 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, won the Pole Friday, April 10, 2015 for Saturday night`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Joining Busch on the front row will be Kevin Harvick, driver of the # 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS who qualified second. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the # 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, won the Pole Friday, April 10, 2015 for Saturday night`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Joining Busch on the front row will be Kevin Harvick, driver of the # 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS who qualified second. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 TaxAct Chevrolet SS, finishes in 7th place Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, poses in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, is involved in an on-track incident in front of Erik Jones, driver of the #4 Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, as Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Hormel/Menards Toyota, drives away during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, and Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Hormel/Menards Toyota, race into turn one during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 28, 2015 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
JGR president JD Gibbs during the pre-season media tour. January 24, 2013. Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR

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