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2014 Charlotte: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 13, 2014 - 06:01 PM
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2014 Charlotte: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview


Kyle Busch enters the N.C. Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway with wins in each of his last three series starts at the 1.5-mile quad-oval and wins in each of his last three starts overall in NASCAR's third division. Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) owner-driver will look to make it four in a row for both in Friday night's 134-lap event.

 

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Busch, who did not race in the 2012 Truck Series event in Charlotte, has found his way to victory lane the last three times he has competed in the Truck Series at the North Carolina facility and a track-record five times across seven starts overall. Last year, Busch overcame a few early obstacles and went on to lead a race-high 80 laps en route to victory. In 2011, he spun near the halfway mark of the race and then rallied for an emotional victory as he was paying remembrance to Zahra Baker - a 10-year-old Hickory, N.C. girl who was found slain in 2010. After he collected the checkered flag, he immediately walked to Bakers picture on the side of his truck and was "kissed by an angel." In 2010, the Toyota Racing driver led a race-high 69 laps en route to the second victory for his newly established Truck Series program.

After winning the 2013 Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, Busch has opened the 2014 season with victories in each of his two starts, to give him three consecutive victories. The Las Vegas native dominated last week's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, putting his Tundra out front for 104 of the 167 laps en route to his first Truck Series victory at the Midwest venue. In the series-opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February, KBM's owner-driver picked up his first win in NASCAR's third division and became the first driver to win in four different series (ARCA, NCWTS, Nationwide and Sprint Cup) at the famed track.

A special patriotic paint scheme will adorn Busch's No. 51 Tundra on Friday night to raise awareness for the Hiring our Heroes program - a program that helps veteran, transitioning service members and their spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. KBM's super hero will take to the 'Carolina' track looking to 'pick' up his 'four'th consecutive Truck Series victory, both overall in the series and in NASCAR's third division at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Hiring Our Heroes/ToyotaCare Tundra:

Why are you so successful in the trucks at Charlotte?
"I don't know -- there have been a couple times where I haven't been very good there and I've kind of lucked into it. I love Charlotte, the trucks and the Nationwide car just sort of fit me, but I've yet to win a cup race there. With the trucks, there is a lot of throttle on time and the enjoyment of diving off into the corners and feeling the load that you feel. Turns 1 and 2 are different than 3 and 4, so you have to attack them differently. I think knowing those differences helps you as a driver, versus maybe other guys that try to drive both ends the same -- you just can't do it."

Talk about the special paint scheme you are running this week:
"With Memorial Day weekend coming up, we have a cool looking paint scheme this week with patriotic colors and the American Flag on the side to help promote the Hiring our Heroes program. Hiring our Heroes is a program that Toyota supports to help veteran, transitioning service members and their spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. I've had a lot of success in the trucks at Charlotte, so hopefully we can pick up another victory and help raise a lot of awareness for this great cause."

Eric Phillips, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Hiring Our Heroes/ToyotaCare Tundra:

What does being the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history mean to you?
"It means that I've been fortunate enough to work with a lot of great drivers and organizations through the years. It is a cool record to achieve, but I plan on doing this for many more years and hopefully when it's all said and done I have a lot more wins."

Kyle Busch's No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra:

KBM-021: The No. 51 ToyotaCare team will unload chassis KBM-021 for Friday night's N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Tundra won twice in just three starts last season, picking up victories at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. in September and the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November.

Notes of Interest:

Kyle Busch NCWTS @ Charlotte Motor Speedway:
• Has collected a track record five wins (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2013) - including his first career NCWTS win in the 2005 event - to go along with two poles, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes in eight career starts
• Over the last nine races, leads all drivers in several loop data categories: Driver Rating (131.7), Average Finish (3.3), Average Running Position (5.027), Fastest Early in a Run (176.431 mph), Fastest Late in a Run (173.457 mph), Fastest Laps Run (246), Fastest on Restarts (164.597 mph), Green Flag Speed (174.704 mph), Speed in Traffic (173.515 mph) and Laps Led (415)
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)
• Led 104 of 167 laps of the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City to pick up his second victory in as many starts this season (5/9/14)

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 31.6% (37/117) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 50.4% (59/117)
• 131 all-time combined NASCAR National Series wins rank him second all-time to Richard Petty (200)
• Ranks second in NCWTS history in wins (37), fourth in laps led (4,815) and sixth in poles (13)
• 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) and made it two-for-two in 2014 with a win in last week's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City
• 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
KBM NCWTS Program
• Has collected two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner's Championships, 27 Truck Series victories and 12 poles across 163 starts since originating in 2010
• Six different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 21. 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 @ Charlotte
KBM Truck Series drivers have registered three wins (Kyle Busch, 2010-2011 and 2013), one pole (Kyle Busch 2011), four top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.8 across eight starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Phillips File:
With Kyle Busch's win in the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Eric Phillips picked up his 29th victory and became the winningest 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 two wins (Kyle Busch, 2010 and 2011), one pole (Kyle Busch, 2011), three top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.9 across eight starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.



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