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Kyle Busch Motorsports shuts down Truck team, loses second driver in one month

Tayler Malsam will no longer drive the KBM No. 56 truck.
Tayler Malsam will no longer drive the KBM No. 56 truck.
Photo Source: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

For the second time in one month, Kyle Busch Motorsports lost a driver to promotions to the Nationwide Series and different teams.

First, Brian Ickler left the team to drive the No. 16 for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series. Ickler was sharing the No. 18 truck with owner/driver Kyle Busch at the time.

Now the No. 56 has shut down operations after its driver, Tayler Malsam, was offered a promotion to the Nationwide series driving the No. 10 for Braun Racing. Without a full-time sponsor, KBM announced it will no longer enter the truck for the remainder of the season.

While shutting part of a team down doesn't appear like a good thing, for owner Busch, who is paying for operations out of his own pocket, the financial burden will lift a weight off of his shoulders.

As for parting ways with Malsam, Busch had nothing but support for his driver.

"Braun offered him a chance to move up to the Nationwide Series and we have no reason to hold him back,” Busch said in a statement. “He's a driver, like Brian [Ickler], who absorbed a lot of knowledge from myself, (competition director) Rick Ren and the rest of the guys at KBM. We support him all the way."

While Busch is at Pocono Raceway this weekend making his 200th start in the Sprint Cup race, Truck Series veteran Johnny Benson will be behind the wheel of the No. 18 at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch plans on driving it for several more races, but the rest of the driver schedule has not been determined at this time.

The Camping World Truck Series race airs tonight on SPEED at 9 PM EST/6PM PST.


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