NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 
               === Ky Busch signs contract extension with JGR ===
 
 Huntersville,  NC  (Sports Network) - Joe  Gibbs Racing has signed driver Kyle
 Busch  to a  multi-year contract  extension,  the team  formally announced  on
 Thursday.
 
 Busch  has driven the No. 18 Toyota for JGR in the Sprint Cup Series since the
 start  of the  2008 season. He has  24 career wins in NASCAR's premier series,
 including  20 with  JGR. Busch  has also  made the  Chase for  the Sprint  Cup
 championship in five of his seven years in the series, but did not qualify for
 the playoffs this past season, finishing 13th in the point standings.
 
 "I'm  passionate about  winning, and that was  a big factor in deciding to re-
 sign  with Joe  Gibbs Racing,"  Busch said.  "I think  JGR gives  me the  best
 opportunity  to win  a championship in the Cup Series for (sponsors) M&M's and
 Interstate  Batteries.  I know that everyone  on our team is committed to that
 goal and will push towards making that a reality in 2013."
 
 JGR  also revealed  that it will field  Busch's No. 54 Toyota full-time in the
 Nationwide  Series  during the 2013  season. With  Adam Stevens serving as the
 crew  chief  and Monster  Energy as the  primary sponsor for  the No. 54 team,
 Busch will drive the car in most of the Nationwide races this upcoming season.
 JGR will announce additional drivers for the team at a later date.
 
 Busch  holds the  record for  most Nationwide  race wins  with 51.  Last year,
 Busch,  in his first  season as driver and owner of the No. 54, was winless in
 22 Nationwide starts.
 
 JGR's driver lineup in Sprint Cup this year includes: Busch, Denny Hamlin (No.
 11  Toyota) and Matt  Kenseth, who joined the organization to drive the No. 20
 Toyota this season after spending the past 14 years with Roush Fenway Racing.
 
 "This  is a big  deal for us," team president J.D. Gibbs said. "It's no secret
 that  you have  to have great drivers to  win in NASCAR, and in the past year,
 we've  been able to secure long-term deals with Kyle and Denny, and of course,
 we  were able  to add Matt as well. Kyle  is a big part of our success at JGR,
 and we're thrilled to know he will be with us for a long time."
 
 JGR did not disclose the length of Busch's contract and the financial terms of
 his deal.
 
 01/24 17:02:50 ET

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