July 1st, 2015
Thursday Dave Moody reported on his Godfather Motorsports blog that Kyle Busch Motorsports has begun laying off employees, the first move in downsizing the operation.
Currently the team fields a Nationwide Series car and three Camping World Truck Series teams. Success has been found in the Truck Series, but not Nationwide. With only a few sponsorships between the four teams, it’s not surprising that downsizing will occur.
The biggest part of Moody’s report is that the Nationwide Series team will cease to exist in 2014. The team will complete its second season with only one win to its credit. That win wasn’t even by team owner Kyle Busch, who ran most of the first season. It was done by his brother Kurt, in Richmond.
I had thought if the team couldn’t win with Kyle behind the wheel, the operation was pretty much doomed. Comparing that season (2012) to this season (2013), now he drives for Joe Gibbs Racing again, you can see the stats are staggeringly different.
That leaves current driver, Parker Kligerman, on his own for the 2014 season. According to Moody, he has a deal that’s lining up, but specifics couldn’t be confirmed.
Scaling back might affect the Truck side of the operation as well. While nothing was discussed, I could see one full-time truck (Darrell Wallace, Jr.) and a part-time truck for Busch to run himself. That would put Joey Coulter and a handful of other drivers out of work who have driven in place of Busch when he cannot make the race.
This is just the beginning of the downsizing of some operations as they struggle to keep up with the big teams. Unfortunately, for most this is becoming normal practice this time of year.