By Kelly Crandall – Following his third place finish Saturday night in Homestead, Kyle Busch acknowledged that he would not be running a Nationwide Series program for Kyle Busch Motorsports next season.
Funding being the culprit. Two years after their NNS inception, KBM shuts down. Driver Parker Kligerman has not made his 2014 plans known, with Busch most likely running NNS races in a Joe Gibbs prepared car again.
“There’s absolutely no funding in this world,” Busch said. “It really, really sucks. That’s why we’re open and in business.”
The plan for Busch next season is to still run KBM in the Camping World Truck Series. Darrell Wallace Jr. will run for the championship in the No. 54 with Busch and youngster Erik Jones splitting time in the No. 51. The company won the owners’ championship in the CWTS on Friday night.
In the NNS, KBM didn’t win a race this season. Their only career win came last season with Kurt Busch at helm in Richmond. Following the 2012 season in which he ran his own equipment, Busch went back to JGR prepared cars for 2013. He won 12 races.
Kligerman on the other hand, went winless in his No. 77. He finished seventh on Saturday and will be credited with a ninth place finish in the point standings. His season best finish was a third place at Road America.
“But when the economy turns, Joe Gibbs Racing shut my team down this offseason, Turner Scott Motorsports is shutting down Nationwide teams this year,” Busch said.
“It’s not due to lack of hard work, that’s for sure.”
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