Kyle Busch Motorsports is now reportedly dealing with a $390,000 lawsuit from its former competition director, Rick Ren, who was released by KBM following the demise of its NASCAR XFINITY Series program at the end of the 2013 season.
A piece from Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News says that Ren (pictured, right, with Busch in 2010) filed the lawsuit last month in North Carolina Superior Cournt (Statesville, N.C.).
In the suit, Ren and his consulting firm allege that KBM owes them $35,000 in bonus money from 2012 and $355,000 in commissions for securing a pair of team sponsorship programs.
Ren states in the suit that his contract required that he be paid a 10 percent commission on any sponsorship he landed for KBM.
He also claims that he was responsible for a $3 million deal with Central Kentucky Angus Sales to help Parker Kligerman (now an analyst for NASCAR on NBC) race for KBM in the 2013 XFINITY Series, and another $550,000 deal with Sabala Whitetail to back Brian Scott in several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2012.
As you’d figure, KBM’s attorney, Adam Ross, has denied the allegations. He tells Pockrass the original contract that Ren is referring to in his suit had already been amended with a new compensation structure.
Ross adds that there are “multiple other reasons” why KBM feels it owes Ren nothing and that he would “vigorously defend what my client believes to be a frivolous lawsuit.”
After axing its NXS program, KBM has continued on with its Camping World Truck Series operations. The team captured its second consecutive owner’s title in the Truck Series last year.