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Posted by: newsla on Sep 11, 2013 - 06:26 AM
2013 Chicagoland: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview

It will be a flashback to the past for Kyle Busch in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., as long-time partner Dollar General returns for a one-race deal to sponsor his No. 51 Tundra in the EnoyIllinois.com 225. Since 2010, KBM has compiled five wins- including the team's historic first victory at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway in April of 2010 - and 14 top-five finishes across 27 races with Dollar General as a primary sponsor. When Busch was behind the wheel, KBM's owner-driver has collected four of the victories and 11 of the top-five finishes in his 14 starts in the black and yellow Tundra.


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Whether it has been as an owner or driver, Busch and Dollar General have celebrated in victory lane together in five consecutive seasons. The Las Vegas native won as a driver with the Tenn.-based company as a sponsor of his No. 32 Camry in the Nationwide Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2008, won a race that Dollar General was the title sponsor of at Charlotte in 2009, collected KBM's first win at Nashville with DG as the sponsor in 2010 and scored three victories in his black-and-yellow Tundra in 2011. Last year, Brian Scott put KBM's No. 18 Dollar General Tundra, owned by Busch, in victory lane at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway to keep the streak alive.

The Las Vegas Native leads the Truck Series with three victories this season, despite only starting seven of the 15 events. The talented wheelman has finished third or better in the six races he has been running at the finish and has led seven or more laps in all seven events. With only a partial schedule, Busch ranks second in the series with 150 Fastest Laps Run and fourth with 235 laps led.

Busch heads to Chicagoland on Friday where he is a five-time winner across NASCAR's top three divisions, including two Truck Series wins in three starts. With the 28-year-old's history of success at the 1.5-mile track and Dollar General's famous black and yellow paint scheme onboard his No. 51 Tundra, there is a good chance that it will be a #FlashbackFriday and the he will be celebrating another victory for the nation's largest small-box discount retailer.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Dollar General Tundra:

Are you excited to have Dollar General back on your Tundra this week?
"We're looking forward to having the familiar black and yellow paint scheme on our Tundra this weekend at Chicago -- although I have to admit after having it on the 18 truck the last three years, it was a little different as I walked through the shop on Monday seeing the No. 51 on the side of it. Dollar General has been a great partner over the years and they were the sponsor when we won our very first race at KBM in the Truck Series race at Nashville 2010. We've been able to celebrate a few victories together over the years, whether it was when I was running in the Nationwide Series for Braun Racing or here in the Truck Series at KBM. This is just a one-race deal, so we just have one shot to get them back to victory lane this year and keep the streak alive - either with me behind the wheel or as an owner, we've been to victory lane together for five straight years. We've been pretty strong this year on the intermediate tracks - got a victory at Charlotte, were close at Michigan and had a fast Tundra at Kansas before we got wrecked, so I feel like we'll be competitive again on Friday night."

Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Dollar General Tundra:

Three of Kyle's final four races in the truck are on mile-and-a-half tracks. How do you feel about where your intermediate program is heading down the stretch?
"I think it has been pretty good, we've been one of the top two or three trucks everywhere we've gone. If it wasn't for circumstances, I think we probably could've won them all. We won Charlotte, we were fast at Kansas until we got wrecked and we were leading late in the race at Michigan. With Kyle running more races, we've been able to try some new things this year and feel like we have a pretty good package. We're bringing a brand new Tundra this weekend to Chicago -- it's a new build and we did a couple things a little different. Hopefully, it's another step in the right direction and we can go out and bring home another win."

Kyle Busch's No. 51 Dollar General Tundra:

KBM-016: The No. 51 Dollar General Racing team will unload KBM-016, a brand new Tundra, for Friday's EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Notes of Interest:

Kyle Busch @ Chicagoland:
• Has recorded two wins (8/28/09 & 8/27/10) and three top-five finishes across three career NCWTS starts
• Leads all NCWTS drivers over the last four races in Fastest Laps run (93) and ranks second in several categories, including; Average Running Position (2.784), Average Finish (2.3), Driver Rating (137.7), Fastest Early in a Run (170.147 mph), Fastest Late in a Run (168.825 mph), Fastest on Restarts (159.485 mph) and Green Flag Speed (169.141 mph)
• Has collected two Nationwide Series victories (7/11/08 & 7/9/10) and five top-five finishes in nine career starts
• Has posted one Sprint Cup Series win (7/12/08 ) and three top-five finishes across eight career starts

Kyle Busch 2013 Camping World Truck Series Highlights:
• Has collected a series-leading three wins this season; 5/17/13 @ Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5/31/13 @ Dover International Speedway, 8/21.3 @ Bristol Motor Speedway
• In seven starts this season has posted six top-three finishes and led multiple laps in each event
• Despite competing in just half of the events, leads the series with Fastest Laps Run and is fourth with 235 Laps Led
Kyle Busch Camping World Truck Series Career:
• Has won 29.7% (33/111) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 49.5% (55/111)
• 121 all-time combined NASCAR National Series wins rank him second all-time to Richard Petty (200)
• Ranks second in NCWTS history in wins (33), fourth in laps led (4,565), tied for sixth in poles (12) and tied for eighth in top-five finishes (68)
• Entered the 2013 season ranked first all-time among drivers with a career driver rating of 119.3 and average finish of 7.4
• Led the NCWTS in wins for three consecutive seasons from 2009 - 2011; 2009 (7), 2010 (8) and 2011 (6)
• Reached 25th win in NCWTS faster than any driver in the history of NASCAR's top three series, attaining the milestone in just his 87th career start
• As an owner-driver in 2010, his series-leading eight wins helped KBM become the first team since the NCWTS originated in 1995 to capture an Owner's Championship in its inaugural season
• One of 10 drivers in NASCAR history to lead over 20,000 laps among the top three series
Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 51 Tundra:
• After 15 events, ranks second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner point standings - 26 points behind the series-leading No. 88 team
• Leads the NCWTS with three wins and eight top-five finishes and ranks second with 11 top-10 finishes
• Has produced 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.9 across 15 starts this season
• Has led 235 laps and completed 91.3% of laps attempted (2150/2356)
• 17-year-old Erik Jones produced his series-best finish of second in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton (7/13/13) to go along with three ninth-place finishes, resulting in an average finish of 7.2 across four starts
• Chad Hackenbracht produced his series-best finish of second in the Inaugural Truck Series 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (9/1/13) and has an average finish of 14.3 across three starts

Last NCWTS Event - Fan Appreciation 200 at Iowa Speedway:
Consistency is what 17-year-old Erik Jones showed during his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start. After qualifying ninth, Jones battled an ill-handling Tundra for the majority of the Fan Appreciation 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, but was able to end the day in the ninth spot and earn his fourth top-10 finish in as many starts behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) No. 51 Toyota Tundra.

The Fugle File:
Crew chief Rudy Fugle begins his first stint as a crew chief at KBM after serving as the lead engineer for KBM's No. 18 Tundra in 2012. Fugle picked up his first career win in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013. The New York native previously served as a Truck Series crew chief for nine races with Justin Lofton at Germain Racing in 2011, posting one top-10 finish. Fugle held the position of Nationwide Series crew chief at Germain from September of 2009 throughout the 2010 season, guiding Michael Annett to three top-10 finishes across 42 races.

Under Fugle's guidance, Michael Annett recovered from a 36th-place qualifying effort to finish 14th in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

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