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Busch turns to brother to share KBM driving duties

January 24, 2012, Team Release, NASCAR.com

Crew chief Beam, sponsor Monster Energy also join the No. 54 Nationwide team

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch Motorsports on Thursday announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with Monster Energy Co. as primary sponsor of the team's No. 54 Toyota in the Nationwide Series and that owner Kyle Busch will share driving duties with his brother, Kurt, in 2012.

To complement the driver lineup, and ensure a strong competitive advantage, KBM brings industry veteran and winning crew chief Mike Beam into the fold as the No. 54 team leader.

Kyle Busch, the all-time series wins leader, will drive the season-opening race at Daytona and the subsequent four races through Fontana before splitting the balance of the season with Kurt. The team's goal will be to capture the owners' championship in its inaugural season, as KBM did in its first full season in the Camping World Truck Series in 2010.

Since debuting in NASCAR, Kyle Busch Motorsports has had the goal to add a championship-caliber Nationwide Series team to our organization," Kyle Busch said. "With [Thursday's] announcement of Monster Energy as primary sponsor and my brother, Kurt, as the second driver, we've accomplished that goal. The Monster Energy team of athletes consists of champion performers united by a desire to be the best. Kurt and I share that same desire and will settle for nothing less than adding a NASCAR championship to the long list of achievements for one of the strongest brands in the world."

"Monster Energy has always stood for competing and winning no matter what the sport," Monster Energy Co. president Mark Hall said. "To make this happen, we've always sought out the most determined, fearless and committed athletes for the Monster team. With the Busch brothers sharing the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports Monster Energy Camry, we have every reason to believe we have drivers capable of running up front every weekend."

In 222 starts covering nine seasons, Busch has 51 career wins, 120 top-five finishes, 149 top-10s and 23 poles. In 2010, he made Series history with a record 13-win race season. Past Nationwide championships for Busch include a drivers' title in 2009 and owners' championships in both 2008 and '10 -- all with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kurt Busch has 12 career starts, three poles and three wins in the Nationwide Series with his most recent victory coming at Watkins Glen in 2011. Kurt will spend additional seat time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, beginning with the season-opening race at Daytona, through a part-time commitment to Phoenix Racing.

"Kyle has done an impressive job in building this race team and I'm proud to be a part of it," Busch said. "He won a Truck Series owners' championship in his first year and his team has kept on winning ever since. Now, it's moving into the Nationwide Series, where the bar will remain high. His expectations are the same as mine, and we know each other better than anyone. We're driven to win, and with Monster Energy driving us, we'll be a tough team to beat."

Beam is a longtime fixture in NASCAR who has accomplished career victories across all three major touring series. At an early age, he became a successful contributor toward a variety of competitive racing organizations including Petty Enterprises and Roush Fenway Racing.

Most recently Beam obtained the 2011 Nationwide owners' championship. Through 48 career starts in the Nationwide Series as a crew chief, Beam has accomplished 10 wins, 32 top-fives, 37 top-10s and eight poles. He also is a past Late Model Sportsman (now the Nationwide Series) national championship winner with driver Butch Lindley.

"I am excited to join the KBM team and to have Monster Energy as our sponsor," Beam said. "Kyle and Kurt are two of the best drivers in NASCAR. To contend for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series owners' championship with Monster Energy and to have all of the elements in place that make a great team, you can not help being excited to be a part of this."