January 30th, 2015
Kyle Busch has been the talk of NASCAR about why he runs (and dominates) the Nationwide Series week in and week out. In fact for the 2014 season, he will run 27 out of 33 races, but will not earn any points. Without a championship to get, why would Busch run these races? The easy answer is sponsorship money.
Busch was asked that question Friday at the Bristol Motor Speedway and gave his response.
“I think the biggest thing is sponsorship dollars. Obviously, Monster Energy pays a lot of money for me to drive their car in the Nationwide Series and I went to them a few years ago when Z-Line was kind of going away and NOS was kind of going away — they weren’t going to do as much in the sport. We went to Monster and asked them what they wanted to do and they said they’d be interested in a full Nationwide deal so we took it, we did it and that’s why I run Nationwide. If I didn’t have those guys, then I’m not so sure that they would feel confident being in the sport whatsoever. At least it’s another team that’s out there that’s running around and is in business. It’s not necessarily just for me, but there’s 16 or 17 guys on that team with the 54 car that have jobs because of that sponsor. That’s sort of the main reason. I guess if there wasn’t a sponsor for me to race Nationwide then I would be like Carl Edwards, I wouldn’t do it anymore. I don’t think that he doesn’t want to do it, I think he would if he could. I just don’t think that Roush (Fenway Racing) has the money to have a Nationwide car for him when they’re short on other cars.”
This arraignment has worked out really well for adding to Busch’s trophy case. He got his 65th career Nationwide Series win Saturday when he captured the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300.