The Camping World Truck Series visits Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee for a mid-week battle royal in the Thunder Valley bullring, and Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/driver Kyle Busch will be looking to repeat his feat from August 2010: winning in all three of NASCAR’s top-tier series; he’s the only driver to have done so in one weekend.
“Rowdy,” who has five Sprint Cup Series and five Nationwide Series wins at Bristol, has three Truck Series wins at the 0.533-mile track (2008 to 2010). He’ll be in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra at Bristol in the Truck Series race Wednesday night.
“Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best racetracks on the circuit,” stated Busch on the KBM website. “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 racetrack 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 (Indiana), Slinger (Wisconsin), and Salem (Indiana),” continued Busch. “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.”
One KBM driver hoping to find that knack is Darrell Wallace Jr., who has previous starts at the track in K&N Pro Series competition and in Late Models. He’ll be in the No. 54 Liberty Tire Recycling Tundra Wednesday night.
“I’m looking forward to going to Bristol this week,” said Wallace Jr. “I’ve run a few races there, one K&N race and three late-model races, so I have a little experience, but it will be a little different with the trucks. We have Liberty Tire Recycling back on board our Toyota Tundra this week for their last race with us. I’m looking to start another streak of good finishes after our streak ended at Michigan. We need to bounce back here and have a good top-five finish, that’s what we are shooting for. The guys have been working hard to get it ready and we’ll just see what we got.”
Joey Coulter, in the No. 18 GunBroker.com Tundra this week, has two previous Truck Series starts at Bristol, resulting in sixth-place (2011) and fourth-place (2012) finishes.
“Bristol is one of those race tracks where you can give yourself a good point’s night,” said Coulter. “The last two times I’ve been there we were able to save our stuff for the end and make a charge at the end. Track position is really important, so qualifying will be key. I think we will be in good shape; we’ve got a really good truck. We’ve run it at a few short tracks this year and have had some pretty good success with it. We are only three points out of the top 10 in points and less than 20 out of seventh-place so a good run Wednesday night in Bristol and we are right back in the mix.”
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