Kyle Busch, driver/owner for Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series, has only two Truck Series starts at Kansas Speedway, home of this Friday’s SFP 250, and neither of them ended in a win. Busch’s best Truck Series finish at the 1.5-mile speedway, where he’ll also be racing in the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night, is sixth – last season, he finished 27th.
Busch will be looking for his second victory in as many starts this season in the Truck Series (Erik Jones drove the No. 51 in Martinsville), having already picked up the win in the season opener at Daytona.
“Definitely hope things go a lot smoother in the Truck Series race at Kansas this year than last year,” said Busch on the KBM website. “The guys on the ToyotaCare Tundra really had to work hard last year with changing motors twice in practice. Even though we lost some practice time because of the engine changes, once we got in the race we had a really fast truck. I had to spin on purpose to avoid some contact early in the race and then drove back through the field and led some laps. Unfortunately, after a round of pit stops, we got taken out by a rookie driving a little too aggressive making a pass and it ended our day – it was disappointing because I felt like we had a truck capable of winning. If you look at last year’s race Darrell (Wallace Jr.) and Joey (Coulter) were really fast and had a shot at the win late in the Truck Series race and our Nationwide Series team with Parker (Kligerman) had probably the fastest car in October, so I think we’ve got some good notes for the new surface at Kansas and a good baseline to go off. Looking forward to getting there this weekend with another fast Tundra and hopefully brining home another victory for everyone at KBM and Toyota.”
Wallace Jr., driving the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra in Friday night’s race, followed up a disappointing 26th-place finish at Daytona with a runner-up finish at Martinsville Speedway, where he won his first race in October 2013. He finished seventh at Kansas last season, his first time at the track.
The Truck Series qualifies for the SFP 250 Friday, May 9th at 3:35 p.m. CT, followed by the green flag at 7:30 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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