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Kyle Busch Motorsports off to terrible start in 2012

By admin | April 17, 2012

By Richard Allen

When it was announced that Kyle Busch Motorsports was going to branch out into the Nationwide Series with brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch sharing the driving duties it seemed like an almost certain winning situation. And winning seemed even more likely for the two talented drivers when proven veteran crew chief Mike Beam was brought in to head up the operation.

However, things have certainly not gone as the siblings would have hoped so far in 2012.

In the season opening Nationwide event in Daytona, Kyle drove the new KBM Toyota while Kurt drove for James Finch, his Sprint Cup car owner. The brothers worked as a team in the 2×2 tandem draft for much of the day and going into the third turn of the last lap it looked as if one of them would be the first to get back to the finish line. But at the exit of turn four both sat idle on the 2.5 mile speedway with mangled race cars.

Since then, it has hardly gotten better for the #54 Monster Energy team.

So far, Kyle has driven the car five times with one meager top-10 finish to show for his efforts while Kurt has driven only once in the most recent race in Texas. After qualifying 6th, the older of the brothers fought and ill handling car much of the night before bouncing off the wall and ultimately finishing 30th.

The combined efforts of Kyle and Kurt have placed their car in the 15th spot in Nationwide owners points, 97 points out of first place.

To further hinder the fledgling team’s progress, they have no real connection to any Sprint Cup organization. The two cars currently sitting atop the owner standings in NASCAR second series(the #2 of Richard Childress Racing and the #6 of Roush Fenway Racing) do have those ties to the resources available at the sport’s highest level.

And unfortunately for KBM, the misfortune suffered by their Nationwide team has spread to their Camping World Truck Series team. Driver Jason Leffler scored an 8th place finish in Martinsville but that is book ended by results of 36th and 34th in Daytona and Rockingham respectively.

This past weekend of Nationwide Series racing in Texas and Camping World Truck Series racing in Rockingham served as somewhat of a microcosm of the 2012 season for Kyle Busch Motorsports so far. The organization is caught in the midst of a terrible slump. The talent in place there would make it seem unlikely the slump will last for any prolonged period of time. However, the lack of close ties with any Sprint Cup team could hamper the team’s progress.

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5 Responses to “Kyle Busch Motorsports off to terrible start in 2012”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:20 pm


  2. Sue Rarick Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    It’s a stand alone start up team in Natiowide. Nuff said.

    Maybe Nascar journalists should think pedictions through before publishing. But many of those journalists wanted Kurt and Kyle to shut up and basically put on a tie and jacket and become corporate. Both have played that game this year and now they want to know why they are so quiet… Now that TV ratings are tanking.

    What was it Grandma used to say? “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

    I’ll grant the finish to last year was exciting. But the rest of the year’s excitement had more to do with the Busch carnival than the many fuel mileage, follow the leader races. This year without the side show people are noticing how boring it’s all become.

    Sidenote: I watched the iRacing race at Texas track last night. They were racing 3 wide and it was far more exciting than the actual racing.

  3. Offkilter Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    They were asked by the media to put on a suit and tie? I remember it differently. How bout penske got tired of the poison to his team behind the wheel so he fired him? How bout kyle was banned from racing for a week for one of the most dirtiest, ugliest moves in a long time in the big boy racing of nascar? I can’t fathom why anyone would defend those two knucleheads. I can’t understand why folks think that the busch brothers’ contemptuous attitude and lack of class is ok. Oh wait… Its the same folks that call the other drivers with class and respect “vanilla”. Nuff said.

    Kurt is on the verge of slipping into anonymity with a team
    that may not even run all year and super kyle aint so super so far this year and i am loving it.

  4. Sue Rarick Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    The Penske team was mired in mediocrity till Kurt lit a fire under their collective butts.

    If that was the worst move you’ve seen in a long time I am guessing you didn’t see what Carl did to Brad. Or was that OK?

    What you call class and respect I see as playing the corporate game and kissing butt. And I guess those used to doing that see no problem with it. Till I retired I was the person those type hated the most… And I loved it.

  5. Offkilter Says:
    April 19th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Sue, do you have inside information that kurt’s childish outbursts were the trigger for the performance increase wityin the 22 team? If not, you are just assuming. Maybe the 22 team allready had plans to go a different way with the cars and with engineering.

    Yeah, i remember cousin carl sending brad on a roof ride and yeah i’m cool with it because i think brad sent carl on one the year before. Both times was under green flag racing and is foolish to bring up comparisons to kyles crap under the caution.

    You wan to talk about kissing butt? Thats what your busch duo has been doing every time they get into trouble. With had in hand and asking for forgiveness from fans, peers, sponsors, and their owners. Some real renegades you got their right up until the ole job is on the line.

    As far as you injecting your personal life into the topic of racing seems a bit far fetched. I never knew of anybody that loved to be hated. Congratulations on your retirement.