Busch Adjusts To New Role

The 2010 season will be a busy one for Kyle Busch, who has added the responsibilities of being a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner to driving full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

Busch announced last month the creation of Kyle Busch Motorsports which will field at least two, and possibly three teams, in the 2010 NCWTS.

The move makes Busch the latest Sprint Cup regular to go into team ownership in one of NASCAR's top three divisions following Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart.

"The ownership standpoint, it's going to put a lot of gray hairs in pretty quick," Busch laughed. "I can see where Tony gets it now from.

"Yeah. But, you know, it's fun. It's fun. It's a very, very big challenge. I'm only at the Truck Series level, let alone Tony trying to break the Cup Series deal. You know, for me there's been a lot of things that have been very positive this winter. There's been a lot of things that have been a drain on me that we've really been trying to work through. Toyota has been a great partner for me in order for us to get going. They've given us a lot of stuff."

Busch has the added duty of mentoring his young drivers - Taylor Malsam and Brian Ickler - who will pilot his trucks this season.

"Also trying to work with Taylor and Brian as my young drivers, bringing them along, spending some time with the guys in the shop," Busch continued.

After making the announcement to form his team, Busch has gone nearly non-stop in working to put things together for the fast-approaching season and is now firmly entrenched in his new headquarters.

"We finally started, actually I think we still have a couple more people to hire, but most positions are filled, it's about trying to get all the people together and have everybody learn each other's names," Busch explained. "We have name tags around the shop. Hello, my name is. I haven't been there in a week or two maybe, since before Christmas. So, you know, I'm looking forward to getting back.

"Besides that, I mean, things have been coming along really well. We're still working on sponsorship projects for Johnny Benson in order to get him down to Daytona. We have till the 22nd to make something happen to that. We'll see how it works out. But I'd really like to get Johnny (Benson) down to Daytona and be able to have him compete for a championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports."

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