NASCAR »

Busch brothers team up for Nationwide

Kyle Busch has hired his brother Kurt to co-drive the #54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Nationwide Series car in 2012, their first racing collaboration in over a decade.
Kyle Busch has announced the identity of the driver who will take the wheel of the #54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Nationwide Series car in 2012 when the owner-driver himself isn't competing: and he stunned the NASCAR paddock by confirming that he'd signed his brother, Kurt Busch.

"I'm his boss - that is what I am," laughed Kyle, who at 26 is seven years his brother's junior. The last time the two raced together was 13 years ago for their father Tom in Legends cars in their native city of Las Vegas.

The brothers have also picked up big-name sponsor Monster Energy to back the venture in a full-season, multi-year deal.

The exact division of which Busch will drive which Nationwide race is yet to be decided, with Kyle planning to run 13-15 races and Kurt then taking the wheel for the remainder of the 33-race season.

"I probably wouldn't have gotten Kurt if I'd only offered him ten races," Kyle said of his thinking behind the decision to run a minority of the events during the season. "He probably would have said, 'that's not worth my time,' [so] I gave him something worthwhile."

"He'll probably want some of the easier portion of the schedule because he's the owner!" joked Kurt. "But between the two of us, we're racing all 33 Nationwide races on the schedule ... We'll see who the best Busch brother is gonna be as far as who gets to Victory Lane more!"

Kyle will likely start the first five races, as he is guaranteed entry to the race thanks to being a past Nationwide series champion. Kurt will take the road course outings (he won last year's Nationwide race at Watkins Glen as a late substitute for the injured Brad Keselowski) and will likely run the majority of races toward the end of the season when Kyle is expected to be involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup play-offs.

The announcement of the Busch reunification came as a something of a major surprise, as NASCAR lore has it that the two brothers don't get along. That stems from the 2007 All-Star race that saw them wreck each other while racing for $1m, after which they didn't talk for months until their grandmother intervened at the Thanksgiving Day family gathering.

"The only thing that we had run in our way was dollar signs at the All-Star race that year," insisted Kurt. "Anytime somebody is going for a million bucks, you forget who your brother is," he admitted, adding: "I think we've always gotten along really well on track, to draft with each other, to yield to each other, it just hasn't been well documented."

Kyle insisted that their reluctance to team up in NASCAR over the years hadn't been down to personal animosity, but more to do with his own personal desire to establish himself in the sport in his own right.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Kurt Busch celebrates winning the Coors Light Pole for the Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway, his third consecutive pole position. [Picture Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kyle Busch on the grid for the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway - June 2011. [Picture credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kurt Busch leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 on his way to winning on Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. [Picture Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR]
#M&M`s Toyota driven by Kyle Busch [Picture Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kurt Busch in the cockpit of the #22 [Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images]
Kyle Busch at Darlington. [Picture credit: Geoff Burke, Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kyle Busch (right) announces the signing of his brother Kurt to race with him in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #54 Nationwide Series car in 2012. [Picture Credit: Kyle Busch Motorsports]
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, won the pole position Friday, August 1, 2014 for Sunday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin and Darian Grubb, the crew chief of the #11 Joe Gibb Racing Toyota, consult in the garage area during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, July 27, 2014 the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, July 27, 2014 the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, celebrates his win Sunday, July 27, 2014 of the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, kisses the Brick after his win Sunday, July 27, 2014 of the Brickyard 400 Nascar Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gordon, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings, has won at the Brickyard a record 5 times, the first one in 1994. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
The #24 Axalta Chevrolet crew celebrates in pit lane after driver Jeff Godron`s victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.