NASCAR Cup Series
Trackhouse Racing Secures Zane Smith in a Multi-Year Deal, Partners with Spire Motorsports
Sep 16, 2023
As part of the transaction, Spire Motorsports will receive all assets from Kyle Busch Motorsports and Rowdy Manufacturing, as well as the 77,000-square-foot shop in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Kyle Busch, a two-time champion of the NASCAR Cup Series, has officially sold the assets of Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and Rowdy Manufacturing to Spire Motorsports, the driver announced on Wednesday.
As part of the transaction, Spire Motorsports will inherit all of the assets of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series organization, as well as the chassis building operation and CNC machine shop, known as Rowdy Manufacturing.
In addition to the assets of the two successful operations, Spire Motorsports will acquire the 77,000-square-foot facility that currently houses both Kyle Busch Motorsports and Rowdy Manufacturing in Mooresville, North Carolina.
"When we started the Truck Series team back in 2010, I never imagined that we would be able to win 100 races with 18 different drivers and that one day I'd be racing in the Cup Series alongside so many of the drivers that I once mentored at KBM," said Busch. "I owe a lot of gratitude to so many people, starting with Samantha and my family for believing in this dream I had. It took countless hours by so many amazing people to make KBM the winningest team in Truck Series history."
"I will always appreciate everyone that walked through the doors and gave their all to make this such a successful organization," Busch added. "Not only has it been the people that were employed here, but it’s also the families that supported them while they worked long hours and traveled on the weekend sacrificing time at home and missing family events. And I certainly can’t say enough thanks to Toyota for the first 13 years of support and to Chevrolet for stepping up to the plate this year. Due to their commitment and that of our great sponsors, we’ve been able to compete at the highest levels and hang a lot of banners."
Since debuting in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2010, the organization has become one of the most successful teams in the history of NASCAR. Owned by Busch, the team holds the record for the most career wins (100) and most wins in a single season (14) by an organization in the NASCAR Truck Series.
In addition to seven owner's championships in the NASCAR Truck Series, the team was able to produce a pair of championship-winning drivers in Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
“I’m at a different point in my life now than I was back in 2010. My family has grown, my Cup Series team changed this year and our son’s racing schedule has become as demanding as my own. It’s important to me to be able to spend more time with my family and my No. 8 team at Richard Childress Racing. It’ll be hard to walk away from the amazing facility that we’ve built. I’ll miss walking the shop floor talking with our employees, hosting our fan days in the lobby and spending countless hours there ensuring its success. However, I know at this point in my life and in my career that this is the correct decision."
Busch, 38, has faith in the next chapter for what was Kyle Busch Motorsports, saying: "I’m confident that our assets and employees are in good hands moving forward. I don’t see the winning ways changing at all. I’ve known the Spire guys for a long time and their recent investments in NASCAR show their commitment to success.”
Recently, Spire Motorsports made a further investment in its NASCAR Cup Series program by purchasing a third charter, from Live Fast Motorsports, which the team will run with Zane Smith in 2024.
Both Kyle Busch and representatives from Spire Motorsports will be available to the media on Saturday, September 30th at 10:30 AM CT in the Talladega Superspeedway media center.
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