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Kyle Busch won't be running the full Nationwide Series schedule in 2010

By Lee Montgomery

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch said he won’t run the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2010 as team president J.D. Gibbs vetoed Busch’s hopes of going for a second consecutive title.

Before the 2009 awards ceremony last November in Miami, Busch said he hoped to talk Gibbs into letting him add enough races to his schedule to contend for the championship.

But at NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway, Busch said that’s not likely to happen.

"I think it’s pretty much decided now that we’re running the 25-26 (Nationwide) races," Busch said Thursday. "Of course, we’re running the full Sprint Cup Series schedule and about 15 truck races."

Busch wasn’t sure why Gibbs decided against letting him run the full Nationwide schedule.

"I don’t know what his thoughts or theories were behind it, but we’re going full speed forward on what we’ve got going right now and picking off every week as we get to it," Busch said. "As far as I’m concerned, it’s only 26, but if it comes down to where we need to change our mind, maybe we will. But I doubt it."