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Kyle Busch Motorsports: 2014 Pocono Mountains 150 preview

Darrell Wallace Jr. has two wins in 2014
Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Kyle Busch Motorsports is one of the hottest teams in NASCAR right now, and almost unbeatable in the Camping World Truck Series. This weekend, KBM drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Erik Jones head to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania for the Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday, August 2nd.

Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra this weekend, is fresh off his win at Eldora Speedway, his second of the season and third of his career. Last season, Wallace Jr. made his first start at Pocono, starting fifth and finishing seventh.

“We definitely have momentum on our side this weekend as we go to the Tricky Triangle,” said Wallace Jr. “We had a fast Toyota Tundra last year at Pocono, but I made a rookie mistake early in the race and we had to battle back from that in what is our shortest race of the season. I know Jerry (Baxter, Crew Chief) and the guys have prepared a great Tundra for us this weekend and now I need to do my part. Pocono is known as the Tricky Triangle for a reason, but hopefully we can figure it out and keep Toyota’s streak alive in the Truck Series.”

Jones will make his first Truck Series start at Pocono in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra this weekend, but he’s no stranger to the “Tricky Triangle,” as he made two ARCA Racing Series starts there last year. He’s hoping for better luck that he had in 2013: in June, he led the race early on only to run out of gas on Lap 43 of 80, but battled back for a runner-up finish. In August, he started fourth and once again led early on before brushing the wall and experiencing an engine issue within moments of each other near the end of the race; he finished 12th.

“When you come that close, you feel like you should really have a win at a track,” said Jones. “You just have to move on from that and concentrate on going out this time around and doing everything that you can to finally get that win. I know that Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys will unload a fast ToyotaCare Tundra for me this weekend. Hopefully, we can continue the success that Toyota, KBM and this No. 51 team has achieved all year and I can go out and pick up that elusive win at Pocono.”

Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway takes place Saturday at 10:10 a.m. ET, with the race going green at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.

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