Details from the extension between Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing have emerged. Joe Gibbs Racing announced that it had signed Busch to a long term extension and will field his No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Busch is the winningest driver in the history of the Nationwide Series with 51 career wins. He was held without a win in the series in 2012, the first time since 2003 when he ran seven races.
“I’m passionate about winning and that was a big factor in deciding to re-sign with Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Busch. “I think JGR gives me the best opportunity to win a championship in the Cup Series for M&M’s and Interstate Batteries. I know that everyone on our team is committed to that goal and will push towards making that a reality in 2013. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to work with Adam Stevens in the Nationwide Series and put Monster Energy in Victory Lane where they belong.”
The No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota will compete full-time in the Nationwide Series with crew chief Adam Stevens as crew chief. Busch will drive the majority of the races in the car but additional drivers will be announced at a later date.
That does not mean that Kyle Busch Motorsports is going into mothballs.
“I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished in a short period of time at KBM in both the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series. When we started KBM our attention was to build something for the long term and now we are going to put a greater focus on our future with Parker (Kligerman) competing in Nationwide and Joey (Coulter) running trucks.”
JGR will also be supplying engines for KBM.
JGR has locked up both Busch and Denny Hamlin in the last year. They also pried Matt Kenseth away from Roush-Fenway Racing.