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Kyle Busch Motorsports: 2014 Kroger 250 preview

Darrell Wallace Jr. went to victory lane at Martinsville last fall
Darrell Wallace Jr. went to victory lane at Martinsville last fall
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The Camping World Truck Series finally gets back on track for its second race of the season, the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway, on Saturday, March 29th. Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. hit the track as two of the most recent winners dating back to last season, with both drivers making history with their winning runs.

Jones, making his second start at Martinsville after a ninth-place run last season, became the youngest winner in Truck Series history with his late-season win at Phoenix in 2013. The driver of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra makes his first start of the 2014 season this weekend, the first of 12 starts in a Tundra he’s splitting with team owner Kyle Busch.

“Erik did a tremendous job for us last year picking up wins in both the truck and the Super Late Model while running a very limited schedule,” said Busch on the KBM website. “At just 17 years old he shows a lot of poise behind the wheel, provides great feedback to the crew chiefs and he has already proven that he can win on some of the biggest stages. I’m really looking forward to seeing Erik continue to develop as a driver with his increased schedule this season.”

Wallace Jr. made his history at Martinsville last fall, becoming just the second African-American driver to win a top-tier NASCAR race. Wallace Jr. has just two Truck Series starts at Martinsville, also finishing fifth in last spring’s race.

“Definitely have to get more than one win here and have to perform better and finish races,” said Wallace Jr. “The first part of the season last year we didn’t do too good of a job at doing that - at finishing races. We had the speed right out of the gate - finished fifth at Martinsville and then we go to Charlotte and that was our big one where we wrecked out right there at the end and then go to Kentucky and wrecked out early. We revamped the whole program that I had going on there and the next thing you know the finishes started picking up again. Now I know what to do on my part and we’re building brand new Toyota Tundras back at the shop. I think we have a really good shot at being very successful and competing for the championship title.”

The Camping World Truck Series qualifies for the Kroger 250 on Saturday, March 29th at 11:10 a.m. ET, followed by the race at 2:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.

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