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Kurt Busch to drive in selected Nationwide races in 2012

Spartanburg, SC (Sports Network) - In addition to his full-time Sprint Cup Series schedule, Kurt Busch will compete in selected Nationwide Series races for Phoenix Racing during the 2012 season.

The team noted in its news release on Monday that Busch will race in "all major events" in Nationwide this year. He will compete in next month's season- opener at Daytona. No other dates have been announced at this time.

"Everyone at Phoenix Racing is excited about competing on the Nationwide circuit this year," Steve Barkdoll, general manager of Phoenix Racing, said in a team statement. "Our Nationwide Series team is a proven, winning organization, and we're looking forward to Busch continuing the tradition. This is a great opportunity for a company to partner with a top-notch program."

Last month, Busch signed with Phoenix Racing for the upcoming Sprint Cup season after he parted ways with Penske Racing.

Phoenix Racing has collected 12 wins and 150 top-10 finishes since it entered Nationwide competition in 1989. Busch has three Nationwide victories so far, with his most recent win coming last August at Watkins Glen, NY, where he substituted for the injured Brad Keselowski.

01/09 14:06:59 ET


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