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Busch brothers will dominate Nationwide Series races in 2012

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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7 Responses to “Busch brothers will dominate Nationwide Series races in 2012”

  1. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Man, Rich, I am in no mood to dance over the Busch Brigade and their Mountain of Madness.

  2. Offkilter Says:
    January 21st, 2012 at 9:41 am

    My money is on harvick in the 14 races he will be in.

  3. Sue Rarick Says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I don’t think it will be quite the cakewalk expected. We saw last year RCR/KHI put up to 6 cars in the truck field trying to block KBM from winning a second mfg championship (and succeeded). I look for RCR to try and do the same thing again this year.

    But when you compare records the only thing Harvick has over either of the Busch brothers is great PR. His record considering he’s #1 at one of the top teams is kind of lame. KBM should win the mfg championship even with all the posturing that will come from RCR.

  4. Steve Says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Just when I thought there was some hope of actually having a competitive series and having it be what was intended, these 2 clowns are going to stink up the show every week. I will pass again on watching this series in 2012 as it has just become unwatchable.

  5. Dave in Ohio Says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Aren’t all you whiners usually whining about the lack of single car teams in Nationwide? How the cup teams out of Roush and Hendrick dominate Nationwide? Well, here is a one car team. Yeah, they buy engines from Gibbs, but still a single car team. And yeah, they have the best drivers in the garage, but still a single car team. And a brand new startup single car team at that. All you detractors should be cheering for the effort. Yep, they should win a lot of races right out of the box, but is that not the whole point of going racing? Winning races?

    And do you realize that only 31 teams attempted all 34 races? Out of 43 starting spots? So here is a team committed to run every race. Once again, is it not good for the series to have another full time team involved?

    And y’all need to face reality on one thing. Big names and big sponsors bring attention to the series, attention brings tv viewers and tickets sales, which brings more exposure and much needed sponsor dollars to ALL the teams in the series. Want to make sure the Nationwide series die? Just make sure there is not a name running that the average Na$car fan recognizes, and make sure that none of them has good enough equipment to be expected to win any more often than the next guy. BORING! A name like MONSTER, attached to a winning team is going to create instant buzz, instant monster shirts in the stands, instant attention for the series. Having that Monster car running is going do more for Na$car than the manufactured hype for Danica ever will.

    And I’m no particular Kyle or Kurt fan, I can just appreciate skilled race car drivers not apologizing for doing what race car drives are supposed to do, winning races.

    Dave in Ohio

  6. Steve Says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Dave, stop drinking the Brian France Kool-Aid. I’m so tired of hearing big names bring attention to the series and sell tickets. If they bring attention, why are the stands so empty for these races? Why are there no sponsors, except for the Cup guys? Why is almost a quarter of the field start and park? Why does Ricky Stenhouse, the current champion, still not have a sponsor? Why doesn’t Trevor Bayne, the Daytona 500 winner have a sponsor for his NW car?

    Doesn’t sound like a real healthy series to me they way it currently exists. And no its not the economy, but since Nascar tells you this, you probably beleive that too. And last time I checked this series thrived in the 80’s when there was very little Cup involvement, so your theory has alot of holes in it.

  7. Dave in Ohio Says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Believe me, I am far from a Kool-Aid drinker. I think Brian France has generally ruined Na$car for us old school fans. One case in point you bring up? The only reason Ricky Stenhouse is the champion in-name-only is because BZF felt the need to rig the points so only a Nationwide “regular” could win, “for the good of the series”. If I were Ricky I would have walked right off the stage at the awards and handed the trophy to Carl Edwards. Sorry, an old school race fan still thinks that if a driver (any driver, not just the “right” drivers) shows up at the track with an entry fee and a legal car and qualifies he should get to race, no matter what else he does the other 6 days of the week. And if he earns the most points in the year, he is the champion. No points rigging required, thank you very much. I just want to see the best drivers in the fastest cars on the track, period. And nobody whined when Dale Sr. dabbled in the Busch series back in the day, the regulars thought it was a privilege to race against the best drivers.

    The decline of both Cup and Nationwide and the lack of sponsors? The cost of racing. Costs in both series have escalated to the point where it is rarity where a single sponsor can pick up the tab for a full season, and even the big names need multiple partial sponsors to cover the season. Blame for the costs? BZF. Na$car has legislated these cars to be so much alike, and every tiny area is regulated so minutely that the teams have to spend literally fortunes for very very tiny gains within that box, and if you don’t have the absolutely best equipment you are out of the game. Back in the 80’s the teams could operate with a fraction of the budget they have to have today to be competitive. Back then there was a large margin for improvement (and large margin for error) so there were lots of cheap ways to make the car faster. The COT and the modern rulebook have eliminated that entirely. Quite simply put, Na$car has priced the average sponsor out of the game. For the same money that used to fund a full season, the sponsor now only gets a handful of races. And that handful of races does not buy the brand identity that a full sponsorship used to have. The driver name used to be synonymous with the sponsor. You said Tony Stewart and you automatically pictured Home Depot orange in your mind. That is what the sponsors bought. You say Tony Stewart now, and what do you see in your mind? Burger King? Probably not, but they still give him millions a year for a handful of races. No value for the money spent, so you can see why sponsors are leaving in droves. All the fault of Na$car. Every time BZF announces a change to “save the teams money”, the owners groan and reach for their wallets.

    Trust me, no Kool-Aid here.