Busch brothers sharing Nationwide driving duties at KBM

Kyle Busch Motorsports announced on Thursday that brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch will share driving duties in the No.54 Toyota during the 2012 Nationwide Series season.

KBM is entering its first full season of competition in Nationwide this year. Monster Energy will serve as primary sponsor for the team during the 33-race schedule. Kyle is scheduled to drive the car in the February 25 season-opening race at Daytona and then the next four events -- Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bristol and California.

In 2010, KBM won the Camping World Truck Series owner's championship in its inaugural year. KBM said its primary goal will be to capture the owner's title in Nationwide this season.

"Since debuting in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, KBM has had the goal to add a championship-caliber Nationwide Series team to our organization," driver/owner Kyle Busch said in a team statement. "With 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."

It's not known at this time how many Nationwide races Kurt Busch will drive for KBM this year. He is also running a limited Nationwide schedule for Phoenix Racing, which begins with next month's race at Daytona. He will drive for Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup Series this season.

Mike Beam will serve as crew chief for the No.54 team. Beam's career has included stints at Roush Fenway Racing and Petty Enterprises.