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2014 Kansas: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 06, 2014 - 04:05 PM
2014 Kansas: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview

Since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began visiting Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in 2001, the action has produced a different winner in each of the 13 events, including four whose last name starts with the letter B, but no ne named Kyle Busch. With the annual descent by NASCAR's third division on the Sunflower State having been a standalone event until 2011, this weekend's race at the 1.5-mile oval will mark just the third series start for Busch at the Midwest venue, with a best result of sixth coming in 2011.


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Last year's visit to Kansas Speedway marked an eventful one for Busch and the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra team. After changing engines twice in practice and coming out of an early spin in the race unscathed, Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) owner-driver showcased one of the fastest trucks in the first half of the 167-lap event. He rallied back through the field to lead 11 laps, before rookie German Quiroga got lose underneath him trying to make a pass on lap 90 and sent his Tundra hard into the outside wall. The crash ended the day prematurely and left the team with a disappointing 27th-place finish.

Busch, who did not compete in the Truck Series event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, will be looking to score his third consecutive victory in NASCAR's third division on Friday night. The Las Vegas native closed out the 2013 season with a victory at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway and helped his organization pick up its second Truck Series Owner's Championship in its four-year existence. The talented wheelman picked up right where he left off in the 2014 season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, picking up his first career Truck Series victory at the famed track and becoming the first driver to win in four different series (ARCA, NCWTS, Nationwide and Sprint Cup) there.

Friday's night's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway will be an event full of firsts. It will be the first race under the lights at the Midwest venue and the first race for the newly remodeled trucks on a 1.5-mile track. The driver of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra will set his sights on being the first one to cross the finish line and become the 14th different winner in 14 races.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Toyota Care Tundra:

Are you hoping to have a more uneventful Truck Series event at Kansas this year?
"Definitely hope things go a lot smoother in the Truck Series race at Kansas this year than last year. The guys on the ToyotaCare Tundra really had to work hard last year with changing motors twice in practice. Even though we lost some practice time because of the engine changes, once we got in the race we had a really fast truck. I had to spin on purpose to avoid some contact early in the race and then drove back through the field and led some laps. Unfortunately, after a round of pit stops, we got taken out by a rookie driving a little too aggressive making a pass and it ended our day - it was disappointing because I felt like we had a truck capable of winning. If you look at last year's race Darrell (Wallace Jr.) and Joey (Coulter) were really fast and had a shot at the win late in the Truck Series race and our Nationwide Series team with Parker (Kligerman) had probably the fastest car in October, so I think we've got some good notes for the new surface at Kansas and a good baseline to go off. Looking forward to getting there this weekend with another fast Tundra and hopefully brining home another victory for everyone at KBM and Toyota."

Eric Phillips, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS ToyotaCare Tundra:

You had a really fast Nationwide Series car with Parker Kligerman at Kansas last October, are there some things from that setup that you can transfer over to the truck with Kyle this weekend?
"Our Nationwide Series program and the three truck teams worked really well together at the end of last year in sharing information and ideas and all the teams hit their stride at the end of the season -- we won three of the last four Truck Series races and had some of our best runs with the Nationwide car in October and November. What we hit on with our Nationwide car at Kansas in October was something we had been working on with the truck program. There are some things that are different with the car versus the truck, but a lot of the things are the same and that will allow us to unload a Tundra that has a fairly similar setup to what we ran in our Camry in October."

Kyle Busch's No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra:

KBM-015: The No. 51 ToyotaCare team will unload chassis KBM-015 for Friday night's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway. It is the same Tundra that Busch piloted at Kansas Speedway in last year's event. In four starts with Busch behind the wheel of the chassis last season, the team collected one win (Charlotte Motor Speedway 5/17/13), three top-three finishes and 166 laps led.

Notes of Interest:

Kyle Busch @ Kansas:
• Sixth-place finish in 2011 event is best result across two NCWTS starts (6/4/11)
• Led 11 laps in last year's NCWTS race before a lap-90 accident ended his day early and resulted in a 27th-place finish
• In nine NNS starts has collected one win (9/29/07), five top-five and seven top-10 finishes
• In 13 Sprint Cup Series starts has produced two top-10 finishes

Kyle Busch 2014 Camping World Truck Series Highlights:
• Opened the season by posting his first career Truck Series victory at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and became the first driver to win in four different series (ARCA, NCWTS, Nationwide and Sprint Cup) at the famed track (2/21/14)
Kyle Busch 2013 Camping World Truck Series Highlights:
• Collected a series-leading five wins; 5/17/13 @ Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, 5/31/13 @ Dover (Del.) International Speedway, 8/21/133 @ Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, 9/13/13 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. and 11/16/13 @ Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway
• In 11 starts posted eight top-three and nine top-10 finishes while leading multiple laps in each event
• Despite competing in just 11 of 22 races, ranked second in Laps Led (356), Miles Led (536.53) and Fastest Laps Run (209)
Kyle Busch Camping World Truck Series Career:
• Has won 31% (36/116) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 50% (58/116)
• 130 all-time combined NASCAR National Series wins rank him second all-time to Richard Petty (200)
• Ranks second in NCWTS history in wins (36), fourth in laps led (4,711) and is tied for sixth in poles (12)
• Entered the 2014 season ranked first all-time among NCWTS drivers with a career driver rating of 119.6 and average finish of 7.3
• As an owner-driver in 2013, his series-leading five wins helped KBM win its second Owner's Championship it its four-year existence
• 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
• Led the NCWTS in wins for three consecutive seasons from 2009 - 2011; 2009 (7), 2010 (8) and 2011 (6) and again in 2013 (5)
Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 51 Tundra:
• Kyle Busch opened the 2014 season by posting his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and became the first driver to win in four different series (ARCA, NCWTS, Nationwide and Sprint Cup) at the famed track (2/21/14)
• Erik Jones had a top-five run going in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway before getting spun late in the race and ending the day with a disappointing 18th-place finish (3/30/14)
• In 2013, produced a series-leading six wins (Kyle Busch -5, Erik Jones- 1), 505 laps led and 11 top-five finishes en route to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner's Championship
• In 2013, Kyle Busch registered five wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 7.0 across 11 starts
• At the age of 17 years, five months and nine days, Erik Jones became the youngest winner in NCWTS history with his win in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (11/8/13)
• In five starts in 2013, Jones led 84 laps en route to two top-five and five top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 6.0
• Has collected two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner's Championships, 26 Truck Series victories and 11 poles across 161 starts since originating in 2010
• Six different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 20. Denny Hamlin has two victories for his teammates' Truck Series operation, while Erik Jones, Kasey Kahne, Brian Scott and Darrell Wallace Jr. have all collected one win
KBM NCWTS @ Kansas
KBM Truck Series drivers have registered two top-five and four top-10 finishes across seven starts at Kansas Speedway. Joey Coulter's second-place finish in last year's event was the best result produced by a KBM driver. The team's best qualifying effort came in 2012 when Jason Leffler started the event from the second position.

The Phillips File:
Eric Phillips picked up his 28th career Truck Series victory in the season-opening event at Daytona and moved into a tie with Rick Ren for most wins as a crew chief in Truck Series history. The Illinois native has visited victory lane with eight different Truck Series drivers and 20 different tracks in his 10 seasons atop the pit box. He led KBM to a Truck Series Owner's Championship and series-leading eight wins in its inaugural campaign in 2010 and overall in four seasons at KBM has guided the team to 18 wins with four different drivers.

Phillips' Truck Series drivers have registered one win (Mike Skinner, 2009), two top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.9 across nine starts at Kansas Speedway.

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