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Kyle Busch Motorsports
Kyle Busch Motorsports logo.png
Owner(s)Kyle Busch
Samantha Busch
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race driversTruck Series:
4. John Hunter Nemechek
18. Chandler Smith (R)
51. Drew Dollar, Parker Chase, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Corey Heim, Brian Brown
SponsorsTruck Series:
4. Fire Alarm Services, Mobil 1, Safeway Inc., Pye-Barker Fire & Safety, ROMCO Equipment, JBL, Sirius XM
18. Safelite, JBL
51. JBL, Sunbelt Rentals, Mobil 1, Vertical Bridge, Textron Aviation (Cessna, Beechcraft), Auto-Owners Insurance
DebutNationwide Series:
2011 Top Gear 300 (Charlotte)
Truck Series:
2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Latest raceNationwide Series:
2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Truck Series:
2021 Rackley Roofing 200 (Nashville)
Races competedTotal: 744
Nationwide Series: 67
Truck Series: 677
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 2
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 2
2015, 2017
Race victoriesTotal: 88
Nationwide Series: 1
Truck Series: 87
Pole positionsTotal: 60
Nationwide Series: 3
Truck Series: 57

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and formerly in the CARS Tour, ARCA/CRA Super Series, and Southern Super Series, and is also the parent company of Super Late Model chassis constructor Rowdy Manufacturing. The team currently fields three full-time Toyota Tundras: the No. 4 for John Hunter Nemechek, the No. 18 for Chandler Smith, and the No. 51, which is driven each year by team owner Kyle Busch along with multiple Toyota development drivers. Although it did not enter any races in 2020, the team also sometimes fields a part-time fourth truck, the No. 46, driven by Busch or his development drivers.

On January 25, 2021, Kyle Busch announced that KBM's Developmental Super Late Model Program will be shut down, however he insisted that this will be a temporary change.


The Kyle Busch Motorsports race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina

KBM was founded after Busch purchased the remaining assets of Xpress Motorsports from J.B. Scott (father of driver Brian Scott) in late 2009 as well as purchasing trucks from Roush Fenway Racing, which had closed its Truck team the previous year. Rick Ren, the crew chief on Ron Hornaday Jr.'s 2009 championship team, would be signed as the team's competition director. Busch had competed in the Truck Series for the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the No. 51 for Billy Ballew Motorsports with Miccosukee Indian Gaming as his primary sponsor, and had split the ride with Brian Ickler the previous year.[1]

Busch brought Ickler to the KBM stable, and signed Tayler Malsam away from Randy Moss Motorsports after he finished second in series Rookie of the Year standings to former Cup and Busch/Nationwide driver Johnny Sauter. The team ambitiously planned to run three trucks in its debut season: Busch and Ickler would split the primary truck (No. 18), Malsam was to drive a second truck for KBM, the No. 56 ActivWater/Talking Rain Tundra, and a third was to be fielded for 2008 series champion Johnny Benson if sponsorship could be found. The Miccosukee sponsorship was to carry over to Busch's primary truck as part of an agreement with Phoenix Racing.[1] On February 7, however, the Miccosukee tribe's new leadership pulled out of NASCAR altogether, leaving Busch's team and Phoenix's Cup and Nationwide series teams without sponsorship.[2] Benson would also be limited to a part-time schedule with KBM and Ballew,[3] and Malsam's team ceased operations after only seven races.[2][4]

After operating out of the former Xpress shop for most of its first season, the team opened its new $10 million facility in Mooresville, North Carolina on October 14, 2010.[5][6]

In 2011, KBM made its first foray into the then-Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) in conjunction with NEMCO Motorsports.[7] The team moved to full-time in 2012. On November 16, 2013, Busch announced that the team will not race in the Nationwide Series in 2014 due to lack of funding.[8]

In December 2014, former competition director Rick Ren (released after 2013) filed suit against the team for breach of contract, claiming the team failed to pay him a contractual bonus and 10% commissions for two sponsorship deals Ren claimed to have procured for the team, totaling USD$355,000. The sponsorships in question – Central Kentucky Angus Sales for driver Parker Kligerman and Sabala Whitetail for driver Brian Scott (owned by Scott's father J.B. Scott) – had prior associations with the drivers.[9]

After receiving engines from Triad Racing Technologies early in its history, KBM currently receives engines and technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing.[10]

Nationwide Series[edit]

In May 2011, Kimi Räikkönen made his Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 87 Perky Jerky Toyota Camry. The car was fielded in an alliance between KBM and NEMCO Motorsports, guaranteeing Räikkönen a spot in the field. Räikkönen started 22nd and finished 27th, four laps down.[7][11]

Car No. 54 history[edit]

For the operations of the No. 54 team after the 2012 season, see Joe Gibbs Racing

Kurt Busch in 2012.

For 2012, KBM added a full-time Nationwide team, the No. 54 Toyota Camry. The car was split by both Kyle Busch and older brother Kurt, both with sponsorship from Monster Energy.[12] Kyle ran 22 races while Kurt ran 11. The team struggled in its initial year, winning only one race with Kurt at Richmond.[13] This was the first time in his Nationwide Series career that Kyle Busch did not score a victory over the course of a season, leading him to return to Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide program for 2013, bringing the No. 54 Toyota Camry and Monster Energy with him.[10]

Car No. 77 history[edit]

For 2013, 22-year-old Parker Kligerman, a former development driver for Team Penske, was signed to run his first full Nationwide Series schedule in the No. 77 Toyota Camry, with sponsorship from Toyota and Bandit Chippers.[13] Despite finishing 9th in the standings, owner Busch announced after the Ford EcoBoost 300 that he would be shutting down the Nationwide team due to a lack of funding.[8]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

The Kyle Busch Motorsports race shop floor

Truck No. 4 history[edit]

Christopher Bell in the No. 4 at Martinsville Speedway in 2017

The No. 4 Truck Began in 2015, Erik Jones began running a third KBM truck full-time after running the No. 51 part-time in 2013 and 2014. In December 2014, it was announced that the truck would be number 4.[14][15] Jones would have his best season with collecting 3 wins, 11 top-five and 20 top-ten finishes to win the championship title. Jones also collected rookie of the year honors. This would be the first driver's championship at KBM and third consecutive owner's title.

Christopher Bell moved into the truck full-time for 2016.[16] Bell was involved in a violent crash near the end of the season opener at Daytona. His truck gripped the track, causing the truck to go on two wheels before it launched into the air and barrel rolled multiple times. He was credited with a 16th-place finish. He would finish the season with one win at Gateway and a 3rd-place points finish.[17] Bell returned to the truck in 2017 and won the NCWTS Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For 2018, KBM announced that Todd Gilliland would compete for Rookie of the Year honors driving the No. 4 truck for 19 races. Gilliland missed the first four of the season due to age restrictions; his father David Gilliland would drive at the season opener at Daytona and owner Kyle Busch would drive at Atlanta and Kansas. Spencer Davis raced at Las Vegas. Gilliland ran the full 2019 Truck season and won at Martinsville,[18] but was replaced by Raphaël Lessard in 2020.[19]

In 2021, Lessard was released and replaced with John Hunter Nemechek, who drove the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford in his rookie season in the Cup Series in 2020, but decided to leave FRM to return to the Truck Series full-time, which he previously did in 2016 and 2017 in the No. 8 truck for his family team, NEMCO Motorsports, and won four races in those two years.[20] Lessard ended up going to GMS Racing, where he would sign to drive at least 12 races for the team with hopes of a full season, depending on sponsorship.[21]

Truck No. 9 history[edit]

In the middle of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, team owner Kyle Busch announced that Christopher Bell would drive a fourth KBM truck, numbered 52, in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. The crew chief was announced as Wes Ward.[22] After the release of Justin Boston, however, Bell moved to the No. 54 truck at Kentucky and the No. 52 did not run.[23]

At Phoenix in November, William Byron made his debut in a fourth KBM truck numbered 9, with sponsorship from Liberty University.[24][25] Byron finished 31st after being involved in an early wreck with Brandon Jones and Cole Custer.

Byron drove the No. 9 truck full-time in 2016.[16] In his thirteenth career start, at Pocono, Byron scored his fifth win of the season, breaking Kurt Busch's old record for wins by a rookie Truck Series driver, with nearly half the season left to go.[26] Byron would continue to win collecting a 6th win at New Hampshire in the first race of the chase for the championship. The team suffered an engine failure with ten laps to go at the last race of the Round of 6 at Phoenix after Byron led a majority of the race, costing him his shot at the Driver's Championship. However Byron won the season finale at Homestead and Kyle Busch Motorsports collected the Owner's Championship for Truck No. 9 in 2016. This was Kyle Busch Motorsports' fourth-consecutive and fifth all-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner's Championship.

Truck No. 15 history[edit]

In April 2011, KBM signed 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen to run a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series. Räikkönen and Busch planned three to five races beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.[27] The efforts were sponsored by Perky Jerky,[28] and the team used the owners points of Billy Ballew Motorsports' 15 team. In his debut, Räikkönen started 31st but finished a solid 15th. The deal ended due to lack of sponsorship beyond the Charlotte race.[29] Dirt late model driver Josh Richards signed to run 11 races with KBM and sponsor Joy Mining Machinery, making his debut in the No. 15 at Kentucky Speedway.[30] Richards finished 29th in his debut, then 21st at Atlanta.

Truck No. 18 history[edit]

Jason Leffler in 2012.

The No. 18 truck (Kyle Busch's Sprint Cup Series number), the primary entry of KBM during their debut 2010 season, with Kyle Busch running a partial schedule and Brian Ickler running non-companion races.[1] The team would lose its Miccosukee sponsorship prior to the season,[2] replaced by Toyota, M&M's, Interstate Batteries, Dollar General, and Traxxas. In the first seven races of the season, Busch made five starts and won twice, while Ickler finished in the top ten both of his starts. KBM lost Ickler in May when he was signed by Roush Fenway Racing to drive its No. 6 and No. 16 Nationwide Series cars 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 won 8 races in 16 starts, and the No. 18 truck 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 a single race for the No. 18 with sponsorship from Automotive Service Excellence, winning at Darlington. Josh Richards drove two races with Joy Mining Equipment. Kyle Busch scored 6 wins over the course of the season and the 18 truck finished second in the owners championship to the Kevin Harvick Incorporated No. 2 truck.[31]

For 2012, veteran Jason Leffler was signed to be the primary driver of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra. The team secured sponsorship from Dollar General for 14 races.[32] After nine starts and with a lone top-five finish to his credit, Leffler was released.[33] Finishing the season in the truck were Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Brian Scott (five races), Denny Hamlin, Drew Herring, and Kyle Busch (3 races), along with Kurt Busch.[33] Kyle Busch had previously abstained from driving in the Truck Series per a request from JGR co-owner J.D. Gibbs, following an incident the previous season.[34] Hamlin and Scott scored the team's only wins of the season at Martinsville and Phoenix. Kyle Busch didn't win a race for the first time in his Camping World Truck Series career.

For 2013, Busch hired former Richard Childress Racing driver Joey Coulter to drive the No. 18.[13][35] Coulter and Busch had a previous on-track altercation in 2011, leading to a physical encounter between Busch and team owner Richard Childress.[36] Coulter struggled, with only five top tens and a 15th-place points finish. With Coulter moving to GMS Racing, the No. 18 team did not run in 2014 and 2015.[37]

In late 2015, KBM announced that Cody Coughlin would pilot the No. 18 Toyota Tundra part-time for the 2016.[16] Coughlin ran the 18 in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway. Harrison Burton made his Truck Series debut in the No. 18 at Martinsville Speedway.[38] Kyle Busch returned to the No. 18 Truck for 4 races at Martinsville, Charlotte, Kentucky and Chicagoland. Busch won the races at Martinsville and Chicagoland. Noah Gragson ran the final 2 races of the year in the Phoenix and Homestead with sponsorship from SPEEDVEGAS. For the final 2 races of the season, the trucks were prepped by Wauters Motorsports.

It was announced in October 2016 that Noah Gragson was signed to drive the No. 18 full-time in 2017, and that he would compete for Rookie of the Year honors.[39] Gragson missed the playoffs but scored his first win at the fall Martinsville race. Gragson finished 10th in points, second highest of the non playoff drivers. In 2019, Harrison Burton piloted the truck full-time, replacing Gragson who moved to the Xfinity Series and JR Motorsports.[40] When Burton was promoted to Xfinity racing in 2020,[41] Christian Eckes took over the No. 18.[42]

In 2021, Eckes was released and replaced with Chandler Smith, who drove the Nos. 46 and 51 part-time for the previous two seasons, and competed for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Menards Series, where he racked up nine wins in three part-time seasons.[43]

Truck No. 46 history[edit]

Todd Gilliland in the No. 46 at Martinsville Speedway in 2017

In 2017, KBM formed the No. 46 team with sponsorship from Pedigree Petfoods and Banfield Pet Hospital. Todd Gilliland drove the No. 46 with Pedigree sponsorship at Dover and Martinsville, scoring a top 5 at Martinsville, finishing 5th, while Kyle Busch drove the Banfield-sponsored No. 46 at Kentucky and Bristol, winning at the latter.[44] The team returned in 2018 with Brandon Jones at Charlotte and Riley Herbst at the second Las Vegas race.

Truck No. 51 history[edit]

Erik Jones driving the No. 51 truck at Rockingham in 2013

The No. 51 was previously used by Busch at Billy Ballew Motorsports, a reverse of the team's No. 15 and a tribute to both the late Bobby Hamilton and the film Days of Thunder. In 2011, NASCAR Corona Series champion Germán Quiroga made his first Truck Series start in the No. 51 with Telcel as a sponsor at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the New England 175. Quiroga finished a solid 16th, but 3 laps down. He would run the truck again in the season finale at Homestead, finishing 26th. Josh Richards ran four races in the No. 51 with Joy Mining Equipment, scoring a best finish of 13th at Talladega.

In July 2012, the team announced that Quiroga would return to the No. 51 truck for four races: Talladega Superspeedway on October 6, Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, Phoenix International Raceway on November 9 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, with sponship from Net10 Wireless.[45] Denny Hamlin drove the truck at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2012 with sponsorship from Toyota and earned Kyle Busch Motorsports their first Truck Series win of the 2012 season.

In 2013, the No. 51 became a full-time team, with Busch running 11 races. 16-year-old driver Erik Jones ran 5 races, while Scott Bloomquist ran the Mudsummer Classic.[46] On November 8, 2013, Jones won the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, the youngest winner of a Truck Series race at the time at 17 years, 5 months, and 9 days. Busch would go on to win the season finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway the next week. The No. 51 would win the 2013 Camping World Truck Series owner's title, barely edging the ThorSport Racing No. 88 team of driver's champion Matt Crafton. It was the second owner's championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

In 2014, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones split the No. 51 truck, with Busch driving 10 races and Jones driving 12 races. Eric Phillips served as the crew chief.[47] Dollar General sponsored the truck at Kentucky, Bristol, and Chicagoland with Busch driving and at Phoenix with Jones driving.[48] Busch won the season-opener at Daytona along with his next four starts in the No. 51 truck at Kansas, Charlotte, Dover, and Kentucky. Erik Jones won at Iowa, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The team won its second consecutive owner's championship, with 10 wins among the two drivers.

For 2015, Busch shared the ride with JGR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Suárez, ARCA Racing Series driver Matt Tifft and late model racer Christopher Bell, while Jones will move into a third full-time ride (No. 4).[15][49][50] Busch drove the truck at Pocono, Michigan, and New Hampshire, winning at Pocono and Michigan. Bell scored a top five finish in his debut at Iowa Speedway.[22]

For 2016, Suárez split the ride with Cody Coughlin, with the two drivers slated to contest a minimum of 10 races each.[16] Suárez collected his first truck win in the 51 at Phoenix late in the season.

Owner Kyle Busch driving the No. 51 truck at Martinsville in 2019

In 2017, it was announced that multiple drivers would run the full schedule. Owner Kyle Busch ran five races with Textron Aviation as the primary sponsor.[51] It was later announced that Harrison Burton would run six races and Todd Gilliland in four.[52][53] Myatt Snider contested eight races with Louisiana Hot Sauce as the primary sponsor.[54] Busch won at Kansas and Charlotte in the truck, while Gilliland put up impressive numbers in his starts, posting a top 5 at Loudon and two top tens. Burton scored a top 5 in his last race in the truck at Martinsville, and Snider collected three top 10s in his eight starts.

KBM announced that the No. 51 would return running the full schedule with multiple drivers again in 2018. Burton returned for nine races, and owner Busch for three races. Spencer Davis was added to the team for four races, and Brandon Jones, a JGR Xfinity driver, was also added for four races, and Riley Herbst joined the team for his debut at Gateway Motorsports Park. David Gilliland was also a driver for Talladega. In 2020, the truck ran full-time with drivers Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, Riley Herbst, Brandon Jones, and Alex Tagliani. Jones picked up his first career Truck Series win at Pocono, beating eventual champion Sheldon Creed. In 2021, the truck was split between Busch, Drew Dollar, Corey Heim, Brian Brown, Parker Chase and Martin Truex Jr.. Brown, Dollar, Chase and Heim were all making their series debuts. Busch won at Atlanta and Truex won at Bristol Dirt.

Truck No. 54 history[edit]

In 2013, Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. ran the full season in the No. 54 Toyota with sponsorship from ToyotaCare and Camping World/Good Sam Club. Wallace won his first race at Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 200, and would finish 8th in points.[55]

In 2014, Wallace ran his second full-time season in the No. 54. In June, Wallace won the Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Three weeks later, he battled Kyle Larson and Ron Hornaday, Jr. for the win at Eldora Speedway. Wallace, Jr. held off a hard charging Larson, who wrecked his car trying to catch him, and beat Hornaday by a 5.489-second margin to win the second annual Mudsummer Classic.[56] Wallace switched to the No. 34 for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville in tribute to Wendell Scott,[57] and led the most laps en route to his second straight victory in the race. Wallace won his final race with KBM, the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, beating Larson again to earn his first non-short track victory.[58] Wallace's four wins along with nine top fives and 14 top tens led to a third-place finish in points.[55]

Former ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year and Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Justin Boston signed to run the full 2015 season in the No. 54.[15][59] After nine races and while sitting 12th in the points standings, Boston left the team.[23] Initial reports stated that Boston and KBM parted ways due to lack of performance and requests for internal changes by Boston not being met.[23] A later report, however, stated that KBM released Boston due to sponsor Zloop breaching its agreement with the team. The company had initially signed on to be the primary sponsor, but only appeared in two races.[59][60] KBM would later sue Boston and Zloop (owned by Boston's father) for $4.025 million in defaulted payments.[61][62] Boston was replaced by Toyota development driver Christopher Bell at Kentucky,[23] where he was involved in a crash. In his next start, however, Bell battled with rookie Bobby Pierce at Eldora Speedway and won the race after a Green White Checkered finish. It was the second consecutive Eldora win for the No. 54 team.[63][64] Matt Tifft drove the truck at Pocono, finishing eighth. JGR development driver Cody Coughlin was signed to drive the truck at Michigan, with backing from family sponsor JEGS.[65] Kyle Busch drove the 54 at Bristol. Gray Gaulding drove the No. 54 in three races, with sponsorship from Krispy Kreme.[66]

Truck No. 56 history[edit]

The 2010 season started out with Tayler Malsam in the No. 56 Toyota Tundra. Early in the season after seven races, 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.[2]


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