Kyle Busch says that he needs a sponsor to run his truck team in 2011

During the second episode of "Riding Shotgun: Kyle Busch" (and Sam Sarcinella), Busch and Sarcinella spent most of their time at the Kyle Busch Motorsports shop, decaling a Toyota Tundra and putting together the gift shop and trophy room. (And if you didn't catch the glorious shots of KBM General Manager Rick Ren's mullet, you really missed out)

While that episode wasn't as memorable as the first or third episodes, it may turn out to be more intriguing given Busch's comments during media day for the Chase on Wednesday. Busch said that if he can't find sponsorship for his truck team in 2011, he'll be forced to shut it down.


“It’s hard to get anything and there really is nobody coming into it,” Busch said during Chase Media Day. “It’s hard to sell [a sponsorship]. Right now, just going through all that, learning how to run the team, learning how to run the business has been stressful and strenuous and very impacting on my pocketbook as well.

“If we don’t find a sponsor for next year, I’m going to have shut it down. I’m not going to be able to do anything. That’s very unfortunate because I love all the guys working for me.”

Busch said he has about 30 employees who would be let go from the No. 18 team, which is currently second in the owner points, just 82 points behind the Germain Racing No. 30 team and driver Todd Bodine.

Busch started the season with two trucks, but now is currently fielding one, a timeshare between himself and Brian Ickler. That truck was originally scheduled to have funding from Miccosukee Gaming and Resorts, but a tribe election just before the season essentially canceled Miccosukee's NASCAR funding. The team started the season with another truck driven by Tayler Malsam, but that truck was shut down and Malsam moved to Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series.

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