The Camping World Truck Series kicks off 10 days of speed at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the NC Education Lottery 200 will go green Friday night. Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/driver Kyle Busch and sophomore driver Darrell Wallace Jr. will be behind the wheels of their Toyota Tundras Friday night, as Busch goes for his fourth straight win in the series and sixth win at Charlotte in a truck.
Busch, who has competed in the Truck Series eight times at the 1.5-mile track, won in the Truck Series at Charlotte in his first appearance back in 2005, then followed it up with another win in 2006. The driver of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra got back to his winning ways in 2010, winning again in 2011 and 2013. Along the way, Busch also captured three poles for the race (2008 through 2010).
“I love Charlotte, the Trucks and the Nationwide car just sort of fit me, but I’ve yet to win a Cup race there,” said Busch on the KBM website. “With the trucks, there is a lot of throttle on time and the enjoyment of diving off into the corners and feeling the load that you feel. Turns 1 and 2 are different than 3 and 4, so you have to attack them differently. I think knowing those differences helps you as a driver, versus maybe other guys that try to drive both ends the same - you just can’t do it.”
Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 Toyota Time Sales Event Tundra, finished a disappointing 27th last season at Charlotte after spending most of the race in the top 10. The 20-year-old driver finished 15th last weekend at Kansas.
“We should have a good weekend at Charlotte,” said Wallace Jr. “Hopefully we can get things turned around in time with our Toyota Time Sales Event Toyota Tundra. We ran there good last year and we’re looking to do that again, just without the rookie mistakes. We should have a strong finish and hopefully can get us another top-five finish.”
The Camping World Truck Series qualifies for the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 16 at 5:40 p.m. ET, followed by the green flag at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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