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2014 Bristol: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 18, 2014 - 07:53 PM
2014 Bristol: Kyle Busch NASCAR Truck Race Preview

With Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway dubbing itself "The Last Great Colosseum," with his record 16 NASCAR National Series wins at the challenging high-banked half-mile oval, Kyle 'Rowdy' Busch is among the arena's greatest gladiators. 'Rowdacus' will take aim at his 17th Bristol win Wednesday night behind the wheel of the No. 51 Dollar General Tundra in the UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.


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Four of Busch's record-setting 16 wins in "Thunder Valley" have come behind the wheel of a Tundra, including his win in last year's Truck Series event. Most notably, the Las Vegas native made history in August of 2010 when he became the first driver in NASCAR history to post a 'Trifecta' - sweeping all three of NASCAR's top series at one track on the same weekend. He is the career wins leader at the track in both the Truck Series and Nationwide Series (7) and is tied with his brother Kurt and Jeff Gordon as the active wins leader (5) in the Sprint Cup Series.

After seeing his six-race Truck Series winning streak come to an end Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Bristol could be the ideal place for Busch to start a new winning streak. Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) owner-driver ended the 2013 season with a win at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway and then started off his 2014 schedule with victories in each of his first five starts; winning at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Dollar General will be onboard the No. 51 Tundra this weekend for the second of its four races as a primary sponsor this season, three with Busch and one with Erik Jones. KBM drivers have registered seven wins - including the team's historic first victory at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway in April of 2010 - and 16 top-five finishes across 29 races with the nation's largest small-box discount retailer adorning the team's Toyotas. Busch has scored six of those wins to go along with 13 top-five finishes across his 16 starts in the yellow Tundra.

'Rowdacus' will take aim at another Bristol Motor Speedeway 'Trifecta' beginning with the UNOH 200 Truck Series event on Wednesday night and look to continue his legacy as one of the greatest gladiators to do battle at "The Last Great Colosseum."

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

Are you looking forward to racing this week at Bristol?
"I love Bristol and getting back there running all three divisions is going to be fun. Being able to get back in the Truck of course and then run the Nationwide car and also run the Cup car. We'd love to be able to repeat 2010 -- that would be amazing -- and do another trifecta. But, since they've ground that place it's not necessarily been my best track lately. So, I've got some work to do to figure out how to get better there and make it happen."

What makes racing at Bristol so exciting?
"Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best race tracks on the circuit. All the fans love it because of the excitement - they get to see a lot of run-ins and close-quarter action. All the cars are packed on top of one another at a half-mile race track with 43 lunatics running around in a tight circle -- or in the case of the trucks thirty-something lunatics. With the fans, the atmosphere there always makes for a good time. It's a fun place and I enjoy racing there in all three series. We grew up at the (Las Vegas Motor Speedway) Bullring -- which maybe isn't quite as high banked as Bristol -- and I always enjoy going and racing at other quarter-mile or half-mile high-banked tracks like Winchester (Ind.), Slinger (Wis.), and Salem (Ind.). They're really fun to race around and you kind of get a great feel for racing in a bowl. You go down the straightaway and you slam it into the corners and you mash the gas and you kind of sling right back out of the corners. It's a lot of fun to do that. It's kind of an art. Some guys are really good at it, and some find a knack that makes them really good at it and make it seem easy."

Kyle Busch's No. 51 Dollar General Tundra:

KBM-12: The No. 51 Dollar General Racing team will roll out KBM-12 for Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The last time the Tundra saw action, Erik Jones dominated the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, leading 131 of 200 laps en route to victory. The Toyota made five starts last season with Joey Coulter behind the wheel, collecting two top-10 finishes. KBM-12 also made four starts during the 2012 season, finishing inside the top 10 in each including a runner-up finish with Kyle Busch at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.

Notes of Interest:

Kyle Busch @ Bristol:
• NCWTS career leader with four wins (2008-2010 & 2013) and his 15 NASCAR National Series wins (NNS - seven, NSCS - five) are more than any other driver
• Over the last nine point-paying NCWTS races leads all drivers in Laps Led (350), Fastest Laps Run (219), Laps in Top 15 (1383), Green Flag Passes (218), Fastest Early in Run (117.037 mph), Fastest on Restarts (113.684 mph) and Speed in Traffic (115.303 mph)
• In August of 2010, made history when he won the NCWTS, NNS and NSCS races, becoming the only driver to sweep all three of NASCAR's top three series at one track on the same weekend
Kyle Busch 2014 Camping World Truck Series Highlights:
• Has been victorious in five of his six NCWTS starts this season, winning at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (2/21/14), Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (5/9/14), Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (5/16/14), Dover (Del.) International Speedway (5/30/14) and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (6/26/14)
• Despite starting just six of 12 races, leads all NCWTS drivers in Fastest Laps Run (289), Laps Led (514) and Miles Led (728.00)
Kyle Busch Camping World Truck Series Career:
• Has won 33.1% (40/121) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 51.2% (62/121)
• 135 all-time combined NASCAR National Series wins rank him second all-time to Richard Petty (200)
• Ranks second in NCWTS history in wins (40), fourth in laps led (5,200) and sixth in poles (15)
• Entered the 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 victories helped KBM win its second Owner's Championship in 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 has won five of his six NCWTS starts this season, capturing victories at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta
• Erik Jones picked up his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton (7/11/14), captured his first career pole at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/23/14) and has registered an average finish of 14.7 across six starts this season
• Has captured four pole awards (Kyle Busch - 3, Erik Jones- 1) and started first two other times when qualifying was cancelled and the field was set by the NASCAR rule book
• Has led 673 of the 1853 total laps this season (36.3%)
• 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
• Has won nine of the last 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races dating back to Kyle Busch's victory in the 2013 season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway
• Has collected two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner's Championships, 33 Truck Series victories and 15 poles across 181 starts since originating in 2010
• Six different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 24. Darrell Wallace Jr. has three wins, while Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin have produced two victories each and Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott have both collected one win
KBM NCWTS @ Bristol
KBM Truck Series drivers have produced two wins (Kyle Busch 2010 & 2013), one pole (Kyle Busch 2010), two top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 14.7 across six starts at Bristol.

The Phillips File:
Eric Phillips, the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history, picked up his 33rd career series victory with Erik Jones at Iowa Speedway on July 11. The Illinois native has visited victory lane with nine 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 23 wins with five different drivers.

Phillips' drivers have registered one win (Kyle Busch 2010), one pole (Kyle Busch 2010), one top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 17.1 across nine starts at Bristol.

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