After his win at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago, word started spreading that Kyle Busch would run a full Nationwide season, defending the championship he won last year and go for two in a row.
However, today it was finally announced he would not, in fact, defend his title.
While Busch wanted to do double duty for the remainder of the season, Joe Gibbs Racing's Joe and J.D. Gibbs were not supportive of this decision.
Replacing Busch in his No. 18 will be Brad Coleman, who will drive the standalone races, starting in Nashville next month. Previously, Coleman drove the No. 20 car part-time for JGR in 2009 in the Nationwide series.
Currently, Busch is third in the point standings, behind Kevin Harvick and point leader Brad Keselowski. He finished fourth at last night's race at Richmond International Raceway after starting on the pole and leading more than 60 laps.
Busch is on the pole again for tonight's Cup race.
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