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2013 season in review: KBM’s No. 51 Tundra

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Using five drivers during the 2013 season, Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota Tundra sported a winning lineup that took home six checkered flags and the Camping World Truck Series owner’s championship. Led by owner/driver Kyle Busch with five wins and 17-year-old rookie Erik Jones with one, fellow drivers Denny Hamlin, Chad Hackenbracht and Scott Bloomquist added to an elite roster that saw the No. 51 finish in the top 10 16 times in 22 races.

Busch finished second in the season opener at Daytona, but got involved in a wreck in his next race at Kansas. In his next six races, Busch picked up four wins (Charlotte, Dover, Bristol and Chicagoland), along with a third (Kentucky) and a runner-up (Michigan). Busch went on to finish 10th at Talladega, 28th at Texas (engine issues) and picked up the win – and secured the owner’s championship – at Homestead-Miami.

Hackenbracht started four races for KBM in 2013, with a top finish of second at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Hackenbracht also raced at Texas (26th), Pocono (15th) and Las Vegas (17th).

Jones, running a limited schedule due to his age, became the youngest winner in Truck Series history with his win at Phoenix. He finished in the top 10 in all of his starts, including a runner-up finish at Iowa in July and three ninth-place finishes at Martinsville (April), Rockingham and Iowa (September).

Hamlin brought Air Jordan to the No. 51 at Martinsville in October, finishing sixth in his only Truck Series start of the season, while dirt late model legend Bloomquist got the nod for the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in July – he finished a disappointing 25th in his NASCAR debut.

No announcement has officially been made concerning KBM in the Truck Series for the 2014 season. Learn more about the 2014 NASCAR season at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.

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