Kyle Busch Motorsports

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Kyle Busch Motorsports
Kyle Busch Motorsports logo.jpg
Owner(s) Kyle Busch
Base Mooresville, North Carolina
Series Camping World Truck Series
Race drivers 51 - Kyle Busch (10 races)
Erik Jones (12 races)
54 - Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Career
Debut 2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona
Latest race 2014 UNOH 175 (Loudon)
Races competed 60 in Nationwide Series and 143 in Camping World Truck Series
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 35
Pole positions 19

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and late model team that is owned and operated by Kyle Busch, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Truck Series driver. The team operates the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Busch and Erik Jones and the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for Darrell Wallace, Jr. in the Camping World Truck Series. The team also ran the No. 77 Toyota Camry for Parker Kligerman in the Nationwide Series in 2013 before ending the Nationwide Series program at the end of the season.

History[edit]

KBM was founded after Busch purchased the remaining assets of Xpress Motorsports from J.B. Scott in late 2009 as well as purchasing trucks from Roush Fenway Racing, which had closed its Truck team the previous year. Busch had competed in the truck series for the 2008 and 2009 seasons driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports with Miccosukee Indian Gaming as his primary sponsor, and had split the ride with Brian Ickler his last year there.

The Miccosukee sponsorship was to carry over to Busch's primary truck as part of an agreement with Phoenix Racing and Ickler was to share the ride with Busch, but on February 7, Miccosukee pulled out of NASCAR altogether leaving Busch's team and Phoenix's Cup and Nationwide series teams without sponsorship.

Busch signed Tayler Malsam away from Randy Moss Motorsports after Malsam's rookie year, where he finished second in series Rookie of the Year standings to former Cup and Busch/Nationwide driver Johnny Sauter. Malsam was to drive a second truck for KBM, the No. 56 Talking Rain Tundra, and a third was to be fielded for Johnny Benson if sponsorship could be found (which, ultimately, it wasn't).

The team operated out of the former Xpress shop while it was waiting for the completion of its new facility in Mooresville, North Carolina.

On November 16, 2013, Busch announced that the team will not race in the Nationwide Series in 2014 due to lack of funding.[1]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Car No. 54 History[edit]

For 2012, the team added a full-time Nationwide team, the #54. The car was split by both Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch. Kyle ran 17 races while Kurt ran 16. The team struggled in its initial year, winning only one race with Kurt at Richmond. Kyle Busch didn't win a race for the first time in his Nationwide Series career.

For 2013, the No. 54 car was absorbed into Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide stable. Kyle would wind up winning 12 races in a car that was also shared with Joey Coulter, Owen Kelly, and Drew Herring. The 54 would finish 2nd in Owners Points to Penske's 22 by a point.

Car No. 77 History[edit]

#77 car in 2013

For 2013, Parker Kligerman ran a full Nationwide Series schedule in the #77, with sponsorship from Toyota and Bandit Chippers. Despite finishing 9th in the standings, Busch announced after the Ford EcoBoost 200 that he would be shutting down the Nationwide team due to a lack of funding.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 18 History[edit]

The season started out as planned, with Brian Ickler and Busch splitting driving duties in the No. 18. In the first seven races of the season, Busch made five starts and won twice. while Malsam failed to finish in the top ten in his seven starts and Ickler finished in the top ten twice in both of his starts. Ickler finished in the top 10 in his two early starts. KBM lost Ickler in May when he was signed by Roush Fenway Racing to take over its No. 16 Nationwide Series car on a part-time basis as part of an extended tryout with the organization. Busch announced shortly thereafter that he would split the driving duties of the No. 18 with Johnny Benson for the remainder of the year. Kyle Busch has won 8 races of the 16 starts he was in the No. 18 truck. The 18 won the owners championship in its first full-time season.

Both Ickler and Busch returned for 2011, with Kyle running 16 races and Ickler running 4. Kasey Kahne drove the 18 with sponsorship from Automotive Service Excellence and won at Darlington. KBM later signed 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen to run a limited schedule in the Truck Series starting at Charlotte. Kyle Busch had won 6 races.[2]

For 2012, the No. 18 Toyota Tundra was driven by Jason Leffler. The team secured sponsorship from Dollar General for 14 races. Kyle Busch would not drive this truck as per a request from J.D. Gibbs (owner of Kyle's rides in higher series) until after Leffler's release. Finishing the season in the truck were Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Brian Scott (five races), Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch (3 races), along with Kurt Busch and Drew Herring. Hamlin and Scott scored the team's only wins of the season at Martinsville and Phoenix. Kyle didn't win a race for the first time in his Camping World Truck Series career.

For 2013, Busch hired former RCR driver Joey Coulter to drive the No. 18. The No. 18 truck will not run in the 2014 season, with Coulter moving to GMS Racing.[3]

Truck No. 51 History[edit]

Erik Jones driving the #51 truck at Rockingham

In 2011, Germán Quiroga made his first start in the number 51 with Telcel as a sponsor at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the New England 175. In July 2012, the team announced that Germán would return to the 51 truck for four races including: Talladega Superspeedway on October 6, Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, Phoenix International Raceway on November 9 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16.

In 2012, the 51 truck was sponsored by Net10 Wireless.[4] Denny Hamlin drove the truck at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2012 with sponsorship from Toyota and earned Kyle Busch Motorsports their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the 2012 season.

In 2013 KBM ran a third truck, the No. 51. Kyle Busch ran 10 races and 16 year old driver Erik Jones ran 5 races, while Scott Bloomquist ran the Mudsummer Classic.[5]

On November 8, 2013 Erik Jones won at Phoenix International Raceway in the Lucas Oil 150 for the No. 51, at 17 years, 5 months, 9 days, the youngest winner of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

On November 15, 2013 Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and won the 2013 Camping World Truck Series owner's title. It was the second owner's championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

In 2014, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones will split the 51 truck. Busch will drive 10 races and Jones will drive 12 races. Eric Phillips will be the crew chief.[6] Dollar General will sponsor the truck at Kentucky, Bristol, and Chicagoland with Busch driving and at Phoenix with Jones driving.[7] Busch won the season-opener at Daytona along with his next four starts in the 51 truck at Kansas, Charlotte, Dover, and Kentucky. Erik Jones won at Iowa.

Truck No. 54 History[edit]

The 54 started as the 56 in 2010. For 2010, the season started out with Tayler Malsam in the #56. Early in the season, it was announced that Malsam was signed by Braun Racing to take over in their No. 10 Toyota in the Nationwide Series. With no driver or sponsorship, the No. 56 team shut down immediately.

In 2013, Rookie Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. ran the full season in the No. 54 Toyota with sponsorship from ToyotaCare and Camping World. Wallace won his first race at Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 200.

In 2014, Wallace ran his second full-time season in the No. 54, winning the Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park and the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 16, 2013). "KBM shuts down Nationwide teams". Fox Sports. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://kylebuschmotorsports.com/news/entry.php?nid=133
  3. ^ "Coulter Joins GMS Truck Operation". National Speed Sport News. January 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Three-Time NASCAR Mexico Series Champion Quiroga to Pilot Net10 Tundra in Four Races for KBM". Kyle Busch Motorsports. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gibson, John (January 30, 2013). "Sources Confirming Bloomquist To Drive Truck For Busch At Eldora". OneDirt. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Erik Jones and Kyle Busch to Share Driving Duties for the Defending Truck Series Owner’s Champions". Kyle Busch Motosports. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dollar General to Sponsor Four Races on No. 51 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series". Kyle Busch Motosports. March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 

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