By admin | January 20, 2012
By Richard Allen
When it was announced on Thursday that Monster Energy had made an agreement to sponsor a Nationwide Series car for Kyle Busch Motorsports with brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch as the drivers, the other competitors in the series suffered a major blow without a single race having been run. This team and these drivers should immediately assume the role of favorites to dominate the races held in that series this season.
Despite their end of season and off season issues, these brothers are easily among the most talented drivers in the NASCAR garage. And, each will no doubt come into the 2012 season looking to make the point that they can win even when their own teams and sponsors even seem to be against them.
KBM has quickly established itself as one of the top teams in the two lower divisions of the sport. This, combined with a sponsor who will probably be more willing to tolerate the in-your-face attitudes they often exhibit, will make for a formidable combination.
With Monster Energy on board combined with proven equipment and a strong desire by the drivers to show up the racing establishment, this looks to be a perfect storm type situation for KBM.
To back the claim that this combination will prove lethal to the competition, look at the statistics. Kyle Busch has won an eye opening 51 Nationwide Series events in 222 career starts. In two different seasons he has scored double-digit numbers of victories.
Kurt Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion, has only earned three Nationwide wins in his career but those came in only twelve starts. And keep in mind that the elder Busch made only one appearance in this series in 2011 but that one start resulted in a win at Watkins Glen.
According to reports, Kyle will drive in just under half the races in the #54 Toyota while Kurt will complete the balance of the 33 race Nationwide schedule. KBM has brought in veteran crew chief Mike Beam to serve as the pit boss.
After the announcement was made there were a number of jokes posted on the social networking sites as to the potential volatility of the relationship between the typically outspoken and controversial brothers. But once the season gets underway, especially with the ever reducing numbers of fully sponsored and potentially competitive cars, the jokes will likely be on the other teams in the Nationwide Series.
While neither of these drivers will likely make themselves eligible for the Nationwide championship, this team has be considered the early favorite for the owner’s trophy. But, there will undoubtedly be some memorable radio chatter over the course of a long year.
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