The seat of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series held four drivers in 2013, and those drivers – Kyle Busch, Joey Coulter, Drew Herring and Owen Kelly – combined for 12 wins and 25 top 10 finishes on the way to a second-place finish in owner’s points.
Busch led the way with 26 starts in the No. 54, recording all 12 of the team’s wins, 22 top 10 finishes and 10 pole positions. Busch’s Nationwide Series season got off to a rough start with engine problems at Daytona, resulting in a 32nd-place finish. Busch came blazing back, however, recording 11 straight top five finishes, including six of his wins. After an 11th-place finish at the second Daytona race, he recorded only two finishes outside the top 10 (24th at Watkins Glen International and 26th at Texas in November) and six wins in his final 13 races of the season. He won nine of his 12 races from the pole, and doubled up at Phoenix, Bristol and Charlotte, winning both of the season’s races at those tracks.
Coulter was behind the wheel of the No. 54 at Talladega and Chicagoland, recording finishes of 21st amd 14th, respectively. Herring got seat time at both Iowa races and at Kentucky, with 11th and sixth-place finishes at Iowa and a sixth-place finish at Kentucky. Kelly took the wheel at two of the series’ three road course races, earning a fourth-place finish at Road America and a 23rd-place finish at Mid-Ohio.
The No. 54 Monster Energy team was just one point shy of the owner’s title at season’s end; the title was won by the No. 22 Penske Racing team.
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