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Kyle Busch Motorsports: 2014 NextEra Energy Resources 250 preview

Darrell Wallace Jr. is ready for his second start at Daytona
Darrell Wallace Jr. is ready for his second start at Daytona
NASCAR via Getty Images: Jared C. Tilton

The Camping World Truck Series gets back on track this Friday, February 21st with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Busch Motorsports has scaled back its operation for the 2014 season, but there are still a few heavy hitters behind the wheels of the team’s Toyota Tundras. At Daytona, Darrell Wallace Jr. returns to the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra, while owner/driver Kyle Busch, who is splitting the season with Erik Jones, takes to the track in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra.

Wallace Jr., entering his sophomore season at KBM, will make his second-career start at Daytona; last season, he finished 12th at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

“I’m so ready to get things going and get back behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota Tundra Friday at Daytona,” said Wallace Jr. on the KBM website. “This time around, I’m coming back around with my first truck win in the books, and the rookie butterflies gone. Last season I went to Daytona and I really didn’t know what to expect. I listened to what everyone said about sticking to the bottom of the track and we got out with a clean 12th-place finish. Now I’m back with races at Daytona and Talladega, as well as a Daytona test, under my belt and I know a little bit more about what to expect. We’ve just got to find someone to work with, establish ourselves early in the race and hopefully miss the big one to be there at the end to see if we can make something happen.”

Busch will make his sixth Truck Series start at Daytona, and his results so far have been pretty impressive: four top five finishes, including three runner-up finishes. Last year, Busch started sixth and finished second in the race, leading 12 laps along the way.

“We are really looking forward to getting the 2014 Truck Series season started at Kyle Busch Motorsports,” said Busch. “Toyota and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) have put a lot of time and effort into the new Tundra that hits the track this year and it is going to make for an exciting season. It will be fun to watch our two young drivers continue to grow and build upon some of the success they achieved last season. With a full year of trucks under his belt now, I think Darrell (Wallace Jr.) can have a really strong season. He showed glimpses of his potential last year - leading a lot of laps at several tracks and was able to get to victory lane late in the season at Martinsville. Erik (Jones) did a really nice job for us last year picking up wins in both the truck and the Super Late Model while running a very limited schedule. 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.”

Qualifying for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 takes place Friday, February 21st at 4:10 p.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 7:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.

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