KBM Enters Kyle Busch In The UNOH 200 At Bristol

Kyle Busch

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Event:  UNOH 200 (Round 14 of 23)

Date:  Aug. 16, 2017

Location:  Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway

Layout:  .533-mile oval

 

Three Things You Need to Know:
● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 46 BANFIELD® Pet Hospital Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), will make his seventh and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the 2017 season this weekend in the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In six starts this year, Busch has scored two wins – May 12 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and May 19 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Busch has led 285 of the 741 laps (38.4 percent) run during the six races in which he has competed.

● While Wednesday night’s race is Busch’s seventh Truck Series start of the season, it will be his 11th start in the series at Bristol. In 10 previous starts, Busch has four wins (2008 to 2010, and 2013), six top-five finishes, seven top 10s, three poles and has led a total of 435 laps. Additionally, it will be the 140th start of Busch’s Truck Series career, which features 48 wins, 88 top fives and 109 top-10s. He’s scored 17 pole positions and has led a total of 6,131 laps.

● Wednesday night’s Truck Series race is the second of two in which Busch is racing with Banfield on the hood of his Toyota Tundra. Busch finished sixth in the No. 46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota Tundra last month while competing at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Kyle Busch, Driver Q&A
Are you looking forward to coming back and running the Truck Series race at Bristol?

“Yeah we haven’t run the Truck Series race at Bristol in a couple of years, so I’m looking forward to being able to do that again. It’s my last race in the series this year and we’re running all three this weekend. So, it’s the last chance to try to complete the triple this season. I’m always up for the challenge of racing, running all three series and trying to win. I would really like to try to get Banfield its first win. We have them back on the truck this weekend, so it would be a great way to get things started.”

This is your second Truck Series race with Banfield Pet Hospital on the hood. How special would it be to get the win for them this week?

“Yeah, we kind of missed it with some setup problems at Kentucky last month, but we feel like we figured out what went wrong there. It definitely would be great to get a win for Banfield. We have a lot of their guests coming to watch us, so a win would make that extra special. We usually have our dog Lucy with us, so it’s always nice to know that, if an issue comes up, there is likely a Banfield Pet Hospital not too far away from wherever we are. Banfield also is big into preventive care for our pets, which is important. I think everyone knows we’ve been dog lovers our whole lives – my mom, dad, grandparents. Everyone feels like our pets are our children. I know a lot of NASCAR fans feel the same way about their pets.”

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Cody Coughlin On Bristol: “I Love Racing These Kinds Of Tracks”

Cody Coughlin

Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 13th

Owner Point Standings: 15th

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

2017 Stage Wins: 0

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 1

2017 Playoff Points: 0

Chatting with Cody Coughlin:

“I’m really looking forward to Bristol. It’s a high-banked, short track, and I love racing those kinds of tracks. I’ve tested at Bristol before, but never raced there. I’m really looking forward to racing under the lights there on Wednesday night.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 36 for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This is the same chassis the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender piloted to a 12th-place finish at Iowa Speedway earlier this season.

  • Thunder Valley Stats… Although Cody Coughlin will be making his 26th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Wednesday night, the RIDE TV driver will be making his track debut in “Thunder Valley.”

  • Chasing Rookie of the Year… Coughlin, who finished 21st, due to a late-race accident, in the series’ last stop at Michigan International Speedway, is currently seventh in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, after 13 of 23 races.

  • Truck Series Stats… Coughlin has made 25 NCWTS starts since 2015, with a career-best start of seventh at Talladega (Al.) Superspeedway (2016), and a career-best finish of eighth at Pocono Raceway (2017).

  • Rearview Mirror – Michigan… Starting 15th in the 100-lap event, Coughlin finished 13th in Stage 1, 14th in Stage 2, and 21st in the LTi Printing 200 on Saturday, due to a lap 66 accident, on the frontstretch.

  • Catch Cody at Bristol… Coughlin, along with his ThorSport Racing teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET at BMS.

Bristol Stages:

Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSupdates #UNOH200

TIL NEX TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Grant Enfinger Returns To His Roots, A Bullring

Grant Enfinger

Team Information:

Driver Point Standings: 7th

Owner Point Standings: 9th

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

2017 Stage Wins: 0

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 57

2017 Playoff Points: 0

Sounding Off – Grant Enfinger:

Are you looking forward to making your track debut at Bristol Wednesday night? 

“I’m definitely a short-track racer at heart, so I’m really looking forward to Bristol. I don’t really know what to expect – whether they do the tire dragon all the way up and down the race track, or what they will do with the VHT. There will be a lot of factors that play into that, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to a short track.”

Does your experience at Winchester or Salem, in the ARCA Racing Series, help you at a place like Bristol?

“Absolutely. Those are the only two tracks that you can compare it to. Those really super fast, high-banked tracks. I’ve had a good bit of success at both, so I’m really look forward to Bristol in a couple days.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 55 forWednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This is the same chassis the Champion Power Equipment driver raced at Pocono Raceway (13th), Charlotte Motor Speedway (7th), and Atlanta Motor Speedway (8th), earlier this season.

  • Thunder Valley Stats… Although Grant Enfinger will be making his 28th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start, the TSR driver will make his track debut in the 200-lap event in “Thunder Valley.”

  • Powering Champions Challenge…Enfinger will take on his Champion powered teammate, and Bassmaster Elite Angler, Jason Williamson, in a head-to-head battle for bragging rights on Tuesday, August 15. The duo will compete in a one-hour fishing challenge on South Holston Lake, and then take on the high-banks of BMS in the new NASCAR Heat 2 game, from the grandstands on Colossus.

  • Playoff Status… Enfinger has three races remaining on the 2017 NCWTS schedule to lock his No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota Tundra into the first round of the Playoffs, which kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. With the top-8 drivers moving on, the TSR driver is currently on the outside looking in. Enfinger is currently seventh in the NCWTS driver point standings, but seeded ninth in the Playoff standings, entering the 14th race on the 2017 NCWTS schedule.

  • Rookie Stripe: Enfinger is currently second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after 13 of 23 races this season.

  • Race Rewind – Michigan…. In his second start at Michigan International Speedway, in the NCWTS, the TSR driver started sixth, finished 15th in Stage 1, 10th in Stage 2, and eighth in the 100-lap LTi Printing 200 at the 2-mile D-shaped oval.

  • Catch Grant at Bristol…Enfinger, along with his ThorSport Racing teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET at BMS.

Enfinger’s 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 13

  • Wins: 0

  • Poles: 0

  • Laps Completed: 1858 of 1968 (94.4%)

  • Laps Led: 23

  • Top-5 Finishes: 5

  • Top-10 Finishes: 8

  • Best Start: 5th (Texas)

  • Best Finish: 3rd (Dover & Texas)

Enfinger’s Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 27, since 2010

  • First Start: Talladega (2010)

  • First Full-time Season: 2017

  • Poles: 1 (Daytona, 2016)

  • Wins: 1 (Talladega, 2016)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 7

  • Top-10 Finishes: 13

  • Laps Completed: 3,513

  • Laps Led: 73

  • Avg. Start: 12.2

  • Avg. Finish: 12.2

Bristol Stages:

Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSupdates #UNOH200

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Ben Rhodes: “The Stress Level Is Really High At Bristol”

Ben Rhodes

Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 6th

Owner Point Standings: 7th

2017 Stage Wins: 1 (Kentucky)

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 100

2017 Playoff Points: 1

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

You’ve got quite a few laps around “Thunder Valley.” Are you looking forward to getting back there this week?

“Yeah, I’m really excited to get back to Bristol. We ran really well there last year, up to the point where we had a motor problem, which ended our race prematurely. Up until then though, we were running second, and I felt like we had the opportunity to compete for a win. We’re taking a different truck to Bristol this year, and a new setup that we have been working hard on. I feel like if you’re not trying to innovate with setup this year, you’re going backwards. Everything we’ve done this year, has been new – never done at ThorSport (Racing) – I think that’s shown. We’ve had a lot more speed this year.”

As a driver, what is the stress level like at a place like Bristol?  

“I would say its probably the most active track that we have on the schedule. Everything happens so quickly. You don’t get a break on the straightaways, you don’t get those extra few seconds to slow down, take a breath, look in your mirror – do the things you would like to do. Your driving by the seat of your pants there. Lap times are so fast at a place like Bristol, that I find myself holding my breath, reminding myself that I need to breathe. It’s such a tough track. I do enjoy it, but you really do have to be on your game the whole time – no mistakes – the stress level is definitely high.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Information…The No. 27 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will utilize   for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This particular chassis will make its 2017 debut in the 200-lap event in “Thunder Valley.”

  • Thunder Valley Stats… The Safelite AutoGlass driver will make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at BMS on Wednesday night. Additionally, Rhodes has two starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at the .533-mile track.

  • Playoff Status… Ben Rhodes has three races remaining on the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule to lock his No. 27 Safelite Tundra into NASCAR’s first round of the Playoffs, which kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. With the top-8 drivers moving on, the TSR driver is currently in, on points. Rhodes is currently sixth in the NCWTS driver standings, but seeded eighth in the Playoff standings.

  • Take Me Back – Bristol, 2016... Making his second start at BMS in the NCWTS, Rhodes started fourth, a track-best, ran as high as second, and finished 30th, due to an engine problem.

  • Rearview Mirror – Michigan… Starting from the 14th position, Rhodes finished fourth in Stage 1, fifth in Stage 2, and 11th in the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

  • Catch Ben at Bristol...Rhodes, along with his TSR teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. ET at BMS.

Rhodes NCWTS Bristol Stats:

  • Starts: 2; since 2014

  • Laps Completed: 328 of 400 (82.0%)\

  • Laps Led: 0

  • Top-Five Finishes: 0

  • Top-10 Finishes: 2

  • Best Start: 4th (2016)

  • Best Finish: 9th (2014)

Rhodes Bristol K&N East Stats:

  • Starts: 2

  • Poles: 1 (2014)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 1

  • Top-10 Finishes: 2

  • Laps completed: 257 of 257 (100%)

  • Laps Led: 130 (2014)

  • Best Finish: 3rd (2014)

Rhodes 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 13

  • Poles: 1 (Pocono)

  • Laps Completed: 1736 of 1968 (88.2%)

  • Laps Led: 121

  • Best Start: 5th (Charlotte & Kentucky)

  • Best Finish: 2nd (Pocono)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 4

  • Top-10 Finishes: 6

Rhodes Career NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 40 since 2014

  • First Full-time Season: 2016

  • First Start: Martinsville-1, 2014 (8th)

  • Poles: 2 (Martinsville-1, 2016 and Pocono, 2017)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 7

  • Top-10 Finishes: 14

  • Laps Completed: 5649

  • Laps Led: 176

  • Best Finish: 2nd; (Gateway, 2016 and Pocono, 2017)

Bristol Stages:

  • Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

  • Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

  • Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSUpdates #UNOH200

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Matt Crafton Is Excited To Return To Bristol

Matt Crafton

Stats:

2017 Driver Point Standings: 3rd

2017 Owner Point Standings: 3rd

2017 Stage Wins: 2

2017 Stage Points: 136

2017 Playoff Points: 7

Sounding Off – Matt Crafton:

“Bristol is a unique, half-mile, high -banked, bullring-type race track. You are flying around the place, and it gets crowded with 32 other trucks vying for position. It’s a fun race to drive, but an even better track for the fans. We have been close there. 2015 was a heartbreak, for sure. We were leading it, and I felt like I had a pretty comfortable lead, and then we had a yellow for whatever reason. We thought we were gonna win it. Then when it started raining, I was leading the race, and then when we went back green after the rain, I think it was like 7 to go, 10 to go, something right in there, if that. On that restart, the fuel just didn’t pick-up in the fuel cell. I went thru the gears and I took-off okay, and then just before the start/finish line it laid over on its nose, and we ended up finishing seventh. We were running inside the top-five there last year, until we had engine problems. It’s on the bucket list to win, that’s for sure.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 88 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 48 for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). This is the same chassis Crafton piloted at Iowa Speedway (19th), Dover International Speedway (11th), and Charlotte Motor Speedway (6th), earlier this season.

  • Thunder Valley Stats…The Menards driver will make his 15th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Wednesday night at BMS. Among active series drivers, Crafton has the most starts (14), the most top-10 finishes (8), has completed the most laps (2684), and has the most lead lap finishes (11).

  • Playoff Status… Following Crafton’s first win of the 2017 NCWTS season at Eldora Speedway, the TSR driver has locked himself into the first round of the Playoffs, that kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. Crafton was in the inaugural Chase in 2016, finishing third overall.

  • Take Me Back – Bristol, 2016…Making his 14th career start at BMS, Crafton started 17th, ran as high as eighth, and finished 30th, due to an engine problem.

  • Rearview Mirror – Michigan… Starting first, Crafton finished second in Stage 1, fourth in Stage 2, and sixth in the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Crafton’s Bristol Stats:

  • Starts: 14, since 2003

  • Laps Completed: 2684 of 2821 (95.1%)

  • Laps Led: 39

  • Poles: 0

  • Wins: 0

  • Top-5 Finishes: 3

  • Top-10 Finishes: 8

  • Best start: 5th (2003)

  • Best finish: 2nd (2009)

Crafton’s 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 13

  • Laps Completed: 1949 of 1968 (99.0%)

  • Laps Led: 106

  • Poles: 1 (Michigan)

  • Wins: 1 (Eldora)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 3

  • Top-10 Finishes: 9

Crafton’s Career Truck Series Stats:

  • Starts: 397, since 2000

  • Wins: 14

  • Top-five Finishes: 100

  • Top-10 finishes: 235

  • Poles: 13

  • Laps Completed: 61,249

  • Laps Led: 2241

  • Average start: 12.5

  • Average finish: 11.4

Bristol Stages:

Stage 1 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 55)

Stage 2 – 55 laps (concludes at lap 110)

Stage 3 – 90 laps (concludes at lap 200)

Broadcast Schedule – Bristol:

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 9:00-9:55 a.m. ET – Practice (FS1)

  • 11:00-11:55 a.m. ET – Final Practice (FS1)

  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (Starts on FS2, switches to FS1)

  • 8:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show (FS1)

  • 8:30 p.m. ET – UNOH 200 (FS1)

Race Information:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: .533-mile oval

Distance: 200 Laps/106.6 miles

Social: @BMSUpdates #UNOH200

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Christopher Bell Is In Search Of His Fifth Win This Week

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell and the No. 4 Toyota Tundra Racing team head to Bristol Motor Speedway leading reigning champion Johnny Sauter in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season standings with three races remaining before the playoffs start. Bell will be in search of his series-leading fifth win of the season on Wednesday night, a win that would go a long way in his effort to earn the much-coveted 15 playoff points that are awarded to the regular season champ.

Over the last four races, two wins and a runner-up finish have helped Bell make a 79-point swing in the regular season standings on Sauter. He entered the series’ 10th race of the season at Kentucky Speedway with a 42-point deficit and now enters the 13th race of the season this week with a 37-point lead. After spending nine weeks in the runner-up position in the championship standings, Bell moved ahead of Sauter with his victory at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., two races ago. The Oklahoma native nearly made it two wins in a row last week at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, but had to settle for a runner-up finish behind former Kyle Busch Motorsports’ (KBM) driver Darrell Wallace Jr.

The talented wheelman showed he has the speed necessary to conquer “The Last Great Colosseum” in last year’s event, but wasn’t able to pull off the victory. After starting from the fifth position, he made his way to the front of the field just before a competition caution at lap 41. Bell would remain out front for 100 of the next 101 laps, stretching his lead to over four seconds at one point. With 58 laps remaining in the event he was in a side-by-side battle with KBM teammate Daniel Suarez shortly after a restart and ended up spinning. After pitting for four fresh tires, he restarted from the 12th position with 52 laps remaining and would end the night with a seventh-place finish.

The 22-year-old driver enters this year’s event at Bristol as a more polished talent. In addition to leading the Truck Series point standings, he also leads NASCAR’s third division in a majority of the statistical categories, including wins (four), poles (three), driver rating (118.2), playoff points (24), average starting position (4.9), average finish (5.3), laps led (521) and fastest laps run (232).

While the application of the PJ1 TrackBite will make the bottom the preferred groove in the first half of Wednesday night’s race, when it comes down to the closing laps and the substance has worn off the winner will likely have to be able to run what Bell and other dirt racers refer to as “the bonus lane” — high up against the wall. With nine dirt wins in addition to his four Truck Series victories this year, the driver No. 4 Toyota Tundra will be in a prime candidate to ride “the bonus lane” to the five bonus points awarded at the end of the night to the winner and will also help him inch a step closer to the 15 bonus points awarded at the end of the regular season.

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:

Do you enjoy racing at Bristol?

“Bristol is one of my favorite tracks — it’s one of everybody’s favorites because it’s so unique. We don’t go to a place where you pretty much run inside a cup. It’s so banked that you barely turn the wheel left because you almost ride around it instead of turn around it. It’s one of the best race tracks we go to, it’s one of the fastest race tracks that we go to — not mile per hour wise, but lap-time wise and it’s a ton of fun. After watching it on TV and then going there in person, TV just doesn’t do it justice of how banked and how fast it really is. It’s just an immaculate place.”

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 NCWTS Toyota Tundra:

How will the PJ1 TrackBite being applied to the surface affect the racing at Bristol?

“With PJ1 going down, we expect that the racing will be a lot like it was for the Cup Series race earlier this year. The trucks will probably stick to the bottom early, but as the stuff starts to wear out towards the middle of the race you’ll see guys moving up and running higher. Christopher likes to run the high side from his dirt racing, so hopefully that high side comes in. I think it will be a fun race.”

Christopher Bell’s No. 4 Toyota Tundra:

 

KBM-28: The No. 4 Toyota Tundra team will unload KBM-28 for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. It is the same Tundra that Bell led 54 laps with en route to victory at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta last month.

KBM-28 Performance Profile:

 

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
7/6/2017
Kentucky
Bell
2
1
150/150
54
Running
6/23/2017
Iowa
Bell
2
5
200/200
99
Running
10/1/2016
Las Vegas
Byron
10
5
146/146
0
Running
11/13/2015
Phoenix
Jones
1
9
150/150
106
Running
8/19/2015
Bristol
Jones
4
6
202/202
0
Running
7/9/2015
Kentucky
Jones
3
2
145/145
55
Running
6/19/2015
Iowa
Jones
1
1
200/200
112
Running
5/29/2015
Dover
Jones
2
3
200/200
50
Running
Totals
8 starts, 2 Win
3.1
4.0
476

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Christopher Bell NCWTS Career Stats:

 

Year

Age

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

LLF

2015

20

7 of 23

1

2

3

0

1018

111

9.3

11.9

6

4

2016

21

23 of 23

1

9

17

0

3237

197

9.2

9.5

20

19

2017

22

13 of 13

4

9

12

3

1803

521

4.9

5.3

12

12

3 years

 

43

6

20

32

3

6058

829

7.9

8.6

38

35

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Bristol Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

8/17/16

5

7

200/200

101

running

 

Christopher Bell 2017 Highlights

  • Has posted four wins (Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.), three poles, 521 laps led, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 5.3 across 13 NCWTS events

  • After 13 races, leads Johnny Sauter by 37 points in the NCWTS regular season driver’s point standings

  • Leads the NCWTS in wins (four), poles (three), driver rating (118.2), playoff points (24), average starting position (4.9), average finish (5.3), laps led (521) and fastest laps run (232)

  • Became first driver under NASCAR’s new format to sweep all three stages of a race when he led 99 of 130 laps en route to victory from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3/14/17)

  • Has one pole, one top-five and one top-10 finish in two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing

  • In Midgets has six victories; opened the 2017 season by winning the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/15/17), swept both features at the Fourth Annual POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. (3/26/17), won consecutive USAC National Midget events at Macon (Ill.) Speedway (7/1/17) and Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway (7/2/17) and the USAC National Midget event at Solomon Valley in Beloit, Kansas (8/3/17)

  • In Sprint Cars has three victories; won the NRA Sprint Invaders feature at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio (4/21/17), the Ninth Annual Lou Blaney Memorial All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway (7/8/17) and the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (7/14/17) 

Christopher Bell 2016 Highlights

  • Finished third in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase after collecting one win, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 NCWTS starts in his first full-time campaign

  • Earned his first NCWTS win of 2016, his first on pavement and the second of his career, when he led 38 of the final 42 laps at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

  • Led a race-high 91 laps, including the final 44, of the 200-lap event at Salem (Ind.) Speedway en route to victory in his first-career start in the ARCA Racing Series and made it a sweep of the Indiana track leading 88 laps and bringing home the victory in the September event

  • Picked up his eighth career Late Model victory for KBM with a win in the CARS Super Late Model Tour event at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C and on dirt collected four 410-Winged Sprint Car wins and one USAC National Midget victory 

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Tundra:

  • The No. 4 Tundra has collected eight wins, eight poles, 29 top-five and 49 top-10 finishes across 59 starts since originating in 2015

  • Ten members of this year’s No. 4 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 9 Tundra team which collected seven wins, three poles, 727 laps led, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes across 23 starts last season and captured the 2016 NCWTS Owner’s Championship

  • Erik Jones delivered KBM its first-ever NASCAR Camping World (NCWTS) Driver’s Championship behind the wheel of the No. 4 Tundra in 2015 

KBM NCWTS Program

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (62), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and most Owner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 62 wins, 33 poles, 146 top-five and 236 top-10 finishes across 389 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 32. Erik Jones and William Byron each collected seven victories, Christopher Bell has earned six triumphs, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one trophy

  • With Bell’s victory at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway KBM has at least one win at all 21 tracks on the 2017 NCWTS schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Bristol Motor Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, three poles, 387 laps led, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.7 across 14 starts at Bristol

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch earned the organization its two wins at the half-mile track in 2010 and 2013

The Fugle File:

Ryan “Rudy” Fugle begins his fourth season as a crew chief at KBM and sixth overall with the organization.  The New York native has guided his team to an Owner’s championship in all three of his seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016) atop the pit box at KBM, including a combined Owner’s/Driver’s Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. His drivers have combined for 20 wins, 12 poles and 41 top-five finishes across his 81 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, William Byron collected a Truck Series’ rookie record seven wins while leading the No. 9 Tundra team to KBM’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall Owner’s championship.

Fugle’s NCWTS drivers have posted one win, eight laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 3.7 across three starts at The Last Great Colosseum. Kyle Busch led seven laps en route to victory in the 2013 event with Fugle calling the shots.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Driver Pts./Pos.
2/24/17
Daytona
Bell
4
8
100/100
6
Running
33/9th
3/4/17
Atlanta
Bell
1
1
130/130
99
Running
93/1st
4/1/17
Martinsville
Bell
6
3
250/250
96
Running
136/2nd
5/12/17
Kansas
Bell
1
4
167/167
37
Running
187/2nd
5/19/17
Charlotte
Bell
1
3
134/134
2
Running
227/2nd
6/2/17
Dover
Bell
3
25
35/200
0
Accident
239/2nd
6/9/17
Texas
Bell
21
1
167/167
92
Running
298/2nd
6/17/17
Gateway
Bell
3
6
160/160
7
Running
342/2nd
6/23/17
Iowa
Bell
2
5
200/200
99
Running
391/2nd
7/6/17
Kentucky
Bell
2
1
150/150
54
Running
436/2nd
7/19/17
Eldora
Bell
4
9
150/150
22
Running
471/2nd
7/29/17
Pocono
Bell
3
1
60/60
7
Running
528/1st
8/12/17
Michigan
Bell
13
2
100/100
0
Running
572/1st

 

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Noah Gragson Prepares For Another Grueling Race At The Last Colloseum

Noah Gragson

This week fans do not have to travel to Rome to watch the gladiators battle in the Coliseum. They only have to get to Tennessee to see “The Last Great Colosseum,” Bristol Motor Speedway, where these gladiators will trade horses for horsepower. Rookie Noah Gragson will be making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Bristol under the lights on Wednesday night in the UNOH 200 and his armor will his No. 18 Switch Tundra.

Although it will be his first Truck Series start at the famed half-mile oval, he has raced there twice in other series. Most recently he competed in the CARS Super Late Model Tour at Bristol in May driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Unfortunately, he was taken out of contention in an accident on lap 10. He also made one start there in 2016’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race when he finished 12th.

Gragson will not enter the arena alone for this event. With the addition of a fourth KBM Tundra for this race, he will have some knowledgeable teammates to lean on for information. Owner-driver Kyle Busch has won twice at Bristol in the Truck Series (2010 and 2013), Christopher Bell led 101 laps in last year’s NCWTS race and Harrison Burton captured a win (and a sword) earlier this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race leading 68 of 70 laps.

With three races remaining in the NCWTS regular season, Gragson is still fighting for his place in the NASCAR playoffs. With five drivers locked in on wins, only three spots remain and he is currently 44 points out of making it into the elite eight. A win at Bristol is the ultimate goal for Wednesday night, and Gragson is up for the challenge. He knows it will not be easy, but he has never backed down from a challenge (or a dare).

Gragson will have 200 laps to prove he is a worthy opponent and intends to leave “The Last Great Colosseum” as the winning gladiator with a sword, trophy and a spot in the playoffs.

Noah Gragson, Driver of the No. 18 NCWTS Switch Tundra:

Talk about your two previous starts at Bristol?

“My previous experience there will help me quite a bit, just knowing how to get on pit road and the characteristics of the race track. I’ll be in a different type of vehicle being in the truck, but for the most part it should be the same. I haven’t really had a lot of experience with the VHT on the bottom. When I ran the CARS Super Late Model race in May was the only experience I have with the VHT, but it was three weeks after the Cup race, so it was pretty worn off by then. I have a rough idea of what to expect.”

Describe a lap around Bristol?

“Racing at Bristol reminds me of that Gravitron ride at the state fair. You go inside, lay up against the wall and it starts spinning you around really fast and the gravity holds you against the wall so you can’t move. That’s what it feels like to go around Bristol. Your head is pinned to the right side of the headrest because there are so many G-forces from the high speeds and banking. It’s utter chaos and you are always racing someone side by side, whether for the lead, or 15th place or a lapped car. That’s what makes it so difficult.”

If the NCWTS drivers could pick a driver introduction song, what would your song be and why?

“There are a lot of Tennessee fans there so maybe the Alabama fight song to make them all fired up. I did an appearance for the track in Knoxville, Tenn., a couple weeks ago and wore an Alabama hat and the track president (Jerry Caldwell) brought me a Tennessee hat. It would just be fun to get the crowd all riled up. I only root for Alabama because my friend Brandon McReynolds is a big fan.”

Marcus Richmond, Crew Chief of the No. 18 NCWTS Switch Tundra:

Is Bristol one of the toughest races for a crew chief because everything happens so fast?

“It’s hard to hit the perfect balance because you are always loose in and tight off, so you can have 10 different combinations of set-ups which will work. It just depends on what your driver likes and what your truck needs at that moment. There is a lot going on in a short period of time, driver feedback is a very big part of it and the track changes a lot, so there are a lot of variables.”

How will the VHT change how you approach this race?

“It definitely affects the track a lot. If it’s on the bottom you will have to run it and as soon as it starts wearing out, which usually doesn’t happen in time for trucks to move up, but if it does we’ll have to have a truck that’s versatile and can move up to the middle groove.”

Noah Gragson’s No. 18 Switch Tundra:

KBM-041: The No. 18 Switch team will race KBM-041, for Wednesday’s UNOH 200 at Bristol. This is the same Tundra Kyle Busch won with at Chicagoland Speedway last September and Daniel Suarez finished fifth with at Texas Motor Speedway last November. Christopher Bell placed 25th with it due to an accident at Dover in June.

 

KBM-041 Performance Profile

Starts

Wins

Average Start

Average Finish

Laps Led

 3

1

7.0

10.3

95

 

Notes of Interest:

Noah Gragson 2017:

  • Earned his first top-five finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by finishing fourth at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April. He also finished fifth at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in July

  • Won first career NCWTS pole at Texas Motor Speedway on 6/9 and second at Iowa Speedway on 6/23

  • Has posted two top-five and nine-top 10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.9 across 13 NCWTS starts this season

  • Is currently 10th in the NCWTS playoff standings, 44 points out of the eighth and the final playoff spot

  • Competed in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway

Noah Gragson 2016:

  • Made first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November where he completed all the laps to finish 16th. Finished 15th the following week at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway

  • Returned to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West where he earned two wins, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 14 starts to finish third in the driver point standings

  • Competed in 13 of 14 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races claiming two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes

Noah Gragson 2015

  • Finished second in the final NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver point standings as a rookie after posting two wins, one pole, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 13 starts

  • Claimed his first victory at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway battling with his teammate for the win

  • Recorded first career pole and led 176 laps to win at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho

Noah Gragson 2014

  • Started racing Bandoleros at The Bullring at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway

  • Moved up to compete in Late Models

  • Competed in the INEX Legends car racing series, winning the 2014 Young Lion Road Course championship

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Tundra:

  • The No. 18 team is currently 11th in owner points and ninth in driver points after collecting two top-five and nine top-10 finishes this season

  • Five members of this year’s No. 18 Tundra team were a part of last year’s No. 4 Tundra team which collected one win, 197 laps led, nine top-five and 17 top-10 finishes across 23 starts and made the inaugural Championship Four in the Chase

KBM NCWTS Program

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (62), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and mostOwner’s championships (five)

  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015

  • Has collected 62 wins, 33 poles, 146 top-five and 236 top-10 finishes across 389 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 32. Erik Jones and William Byron each collected seven victories, Christopher Bell has earned six triumphs, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one trophy

  • With Bell’s victory at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway KBM has at least one win at all 21 tracks on the 2017 NCWTS schedule

KBM NCWTS @ Bristol

  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, three poles, 387 laps led, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.7 across 14 starts at Bristol

  • Driver-owner Kyle Busch claimed both of KBM’s victories at Bristol in 2010 and 2013

Richmond’s Record:

Entering the 2017 season, Marcus Richmond had collected nine wins, 11 poles, 52 top-five and 107 top-10 finishes across 222 races in his 11 seasons as a crew chief in the Truck Series. The veteran crew chief has been to victory lane with five different drivers (Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Dennis Setzer) and has recorded at least one win every year since 2012. The North Carolina native’s drivers have finished inside the top five in the Truck Series championship standings four times in the last five seasons, including a runner-up finish in the standings with Ty Dillon in 2012. His most recent stop was at JR Motorsports last season, where he guided Cole Custer to two poles, four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes over the last 16 races of 2016. Richmond joined KBM in December 2016 to coach rookie Noah Gragson in 2017.

Richmond has five top-10 finishes in 10 starts as a NCWTS crew chief at Bristol. His teams’ best finish was sixth with Cole Custer in 2016 and Ty Dillon in 2013.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Switch Toyota Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Driver Pts./Pos.

2/24

Daytona

Gragson

12

26

1/100

0

Accident

11/22nd

3/4

Atlanta

Gragson

10

14

130/130

0

Running

34/17th

4/1

Martinsville

Gragson

9

4

250/250

0

Running

70/11th

5/12

Kansas

Gragson

4

28

68/167

0

Clutch

79/13th

5/19

Charlotte

Gragson

15

9

134/134

0

Running

111/13th

6/2

Dover

Gragson

8

9

199/200

0

Running

145/10th

6/9

Texas

Gragson

1

7

167/167

13

Running

181/10th

6/17

Gateway

Gragson

7

9

160/160

0

Running

209/10th

6/23

Iowa

Gragson

1

6

200/200

16

Running

255/9th

7/6

Kentucky

Gragson

11

5

150/150

32

Running

299/9th

7/19

Eldora

Gragson

10

7

150/150

0

Running

329/9th

7/29

Pocono

Gragson

8

24

39/60

0

Accident

345/9th

8/12

Michigan

Gragson

5

7

100/100

0

Running

382/9th

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Harrison Burton Is Ready To Rock And Roll At Bristol

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Bristol Motor Speedway is known for its short length, high banking, loud sounds and stadium-like aesthetic. “The Last Great Colosseum” is one of the most popular tracks on the NASCAR circuit and provides exciting short-track racing for fans and drivers alike.

Wednesday’s UNOH 200 under the lights at Bristol will mark Harrison Burton’s fifth start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in the No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota Tundra for the 2017 season, but the 16-year-old is no stranger to Victory Lane at Thunder Valley.

Burton is a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, competing for a championship in the series. Earlier this season, Burton captured the checkered flag at Bristol in his first of his four wins so far in the 2017 K&N Pro Series East season. He started the race from the pole position and dominated the event, leading 68 of the rain-shortened 70-lap race. Burton hopes he can take that experience and bring it with him to the race Wednesday night while he searches for his first win in the NCWTS. Bristol is also the track that Burton captured his first K&N Pro Series East pole in 2016.

The rookie has had a solid season so far in his first four NCWTS races piloting the No. 51 Tundra. He made his season debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where he started the race from the seventh position and after a late-race spin that put him near the rear of the field, he worked his way back to a solid 13th-place finish. His second race of the season came at Dover (Del.) International Speedway where Burton started the race 10th and raced his way to a 13th-place finish. At Iowa Speedway, the Huntersville, N.C., native rolled off 14th and was en route to a top-five finish until an incident on the last lap resulted in a career-best 11th-place finish. In Burton’s latest event for KBM, he made his dirt-racing debut at Eldora Speedway in Ohio and started 23rd but brought home a hard-fought 15th-place finish.

After Bristol, Burton has one more NCWTS event behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2017 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 28.

For Wednesday’s race under the lights, Burton will don the colors of his sponsor DEX Imaging. DEX Imaging, based out of Tampa, Fla., is the nation’s largest independent provider of office technology with a local touch. Burton is thrilled to have them back on board his No. 51 Toyota Tundra at one of his favorite race tracks on the racing circuit.

Although Burton has already won one sword at Bristol Motor Speedway this season, he says winning his first NCWTS race at “The Last Great Colosseum” would be even more special to him. He’s confident that Wednesday when the checkered flag waves, he will have a chance to take his No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra to Victory Lane for the first time.

Harrison Burton, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS DEX Imaging Tundra:

This week you’ll be competing for the win at Bristol, you already have one win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series there this season, what can you bring from that to the NCWTS?

“First, I’m really excited to go to Bristol! It’s one of my favorite tracks to race at and I feel like it’s also one of my best tracks. Getting my first K&N win there was so exciting and I learned so much about the track in that race. I’m hoping I can take my skills and get my No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra dialed in and compete for my first NCWTS win there as well.”

 Kevin “Bono” Manion, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS DEX Imaging Tundra:

Harrison Burton is back in the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra, what are you looking forward to about racing at Bristol Motor Speedway?

“I’m looking forward to racing under the lights on Wednesday night at Bristol and working to get our No. 51 DEX Tundra dialed in for Harrison (Burton). We have two practice sessions Wednesday to work on our setup and make sure our Tundra is ready to race. Harrison won here earlier in the season for the K&N Pro Series East and I’m hoping he can bring that experience over to the Truck Series. He is a smart kid and a quick learner, so I’m confident we will have a successful race Wednesday night.”

Harrison Burton’s No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra:
KBM-035: The No. 51 DEX Imaging team will race KBM-035 for Wednesday’s UNOH 200. Daniel Suarez won with KBM-035 at Phoenix last November after started second and leading 34 laps.
KBM-035 Performance Profile:
 
Starts
Wins
Average Start
Average Finish
Laps Led
5
1
4.2
12.2
136
Notes of Interest:
Harrison Burton 2017:
  • Has made four of six 2017 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where he started seventh and finished 13th, Dover (Del.) International Speedway where he started 10th and finished 13th, Iowa Speedway where he started 14th and finished 11th and Eldora Speedway where he started 23rd and finished 15th
  • After 11 events leads the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings by four points over Todd Gilliland
  • Has collected four wins (Bristol, South Boston, Memphis and Thompson), two poles, 124 laps led, 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 3.0 across the first 11 K&N Pros Series East events
  • Outdueled NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Erik Jones to pick up the victory in the prestigious ARCA/CRA Super Late Model Series Speedfest at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Ga. (1/29/17)
  • Crowned the Super Late Model division champion in the 51st Annual World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February after posting two wins, two runner-up finishes and an average finish of 2.4 across five races (2/20/17 – 2/25/17)
  • Led 31 of 100 laps en route to victory in the CARS Super Late Model Tour event at Concord (N.C.) Speedway (3/11/17)
Series
Races
Win
Top 5
Top 10
Pole
Laps
Led
AvSt
AvFn
NCWTS
4
0
0
0
0
797
0
13.5
13.0
K&N Pro Series East
11
4
10
11
2
1207
124
3.5
3.0
Totals
13
4
10
11
2
2004
124
8.5
7.65
 
Harrison Burton 2016:
  • Competed in the NACAR K&N Pro Series East earning one top-five, five top-10 finishes and one pole in 14 starts in his rookie season
  • Won three Super Late Model events, including a Southern Super Series Blizzard Series race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.
  • Earned a third-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway
  • Made first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October where he started 17thfinished 22nd
Harrison Burton 2015:
  • Became the youngest driver (15 years and eight days) to make NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start
  • Competed in two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races earning one top-10 finish
Harrison Burton 2014:
  • Became the youngest winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history with a victory at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Tundra:
  • The No. 51 team has earned two wins (Kansas and Charlotte), three top-five, four top-10 finishes, 289 laps led and an average finish of 13.1 across 13 races in 2017 and currently rank fifth in the NCWTS Owner’s points standings
  • The No. 51 Tundra team has compiled 22 of KBM’s 61 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable
KBM NCWTS Program:
  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (62), most wins in a single season (14 in 2014) and mostOwner’s
  • championships (five)
  • Erik Jones earned the organization its first-ever NCWTS Driver’s championship in 2015
  • Has collected 62 wins, 33 poles, 146 top-five and 236 top-10 finishes across 389 starts since originating in 2010
  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 32. Erik Jones and Williams Byron each collected seven victories, Christopher Bell has six wins, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Denny Hamlin has produced two victories while Daniel Suarez, Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott each collected one triumph
  • Has collected victories at all 21 tracks on the 2017 schedule
KBM NCWTS @ Bristol Motor Speedway:
  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, three poles, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.7 across 14 starts at Bristol
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch earned the organization its two wins at the half-mile track in 2010 and 2013.
The Manion Report:
Kevin “Bono” Manion guided KBM’s No. 51 team to one win, one pole, four top-five and seven-top 10 finishes with four different drivers behind the wheel last year in his first season as a Truck Series crew chief. Prior to joining KBM, the Massachusetts native collected five victories in 10 seasons atop the pit box in NASCAR’s premier series, including two marquee wins with Jamie McMurray in 2010; the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Before graduating into NASCAR’s top division, he guided Martin Truex Jr., to back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series titles in 2004 and 2005. In addition to his five Monster Energy Cup Series victories, Manion boasts 15 XFINITY Series wins; 13 with Truex Jr., and two with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Daniel Suarez qualified second and led 77 laps before being relegated to a 29th-place finish last season in Manion’s lone Truck Series race at Bristol. He earned one win, one top-five and three top-10 finishes in four XFINITY Series starts with Martin Truex Jr. While calling the shots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Manion earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes in 19 starts at Bristol.
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra 2017 NCWTS Box Score:
Date
Site
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
Owner Pts./Pos.
2/24
Daytona
Snider
13
10
100/100
0
Running
30/13
3/4
Atlanta
Busch
2
26
127/130
25
Running
59/9
4/1
Martinsville
Burton
      7
13
250/250
0
Running
87/10
5/12
Kansas
Busch
10
1
167/167
91
Running
147/3
5/19
Charlotte
Busch
4
1
134/134
90
Running
207/3
6/2
Dover
Burton
10
13
198/200
0
Running
235/3
6/9
Texas
Snider
13
16
160/167
0
 Accident
         265/5
6/17
Gateway
Gilliland
4
21
112/160
0
Transmission
278/6
6/23
Iowa
Burton
15
11
199/200
0
Running
                               304/5
7/6
Kentucky
Snider
6
16
149/150
4
Running
332/5
7/19
Eldora
Burton
23
15
150/150
0
Running
354/8
7/29
Pocono
Busch
2
25
36/60
32
Accident
385/8
8/12
Michigan
Busch
10
3
100/100
47
Running
439/5
 
 
 
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK! 

Christopher Bell Could Rack Up His Fifth Victory At Michigan

Christopher Bell

No driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is running better than Christopher Bell right now.

The Oklahoman has won three of the last six six races, including two of the last three. In 12 starts this season, Bell boasts four wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s and a 5.6 average finish. He ranks first in the Camping World Truck Series standings – 18 points ahead of second-place Johnny Sauter.

Bell will go for a fifth victory in Saturday’s LTI Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway. He finished 24th in his lone start at the two-mile track last year after an incident on Lap 75.

“I ran really well at Michigan last year until I crashed going for the lead late in the race, so I’m looking forward to going back there this year and trying to redeem myself,” Bell said. “Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) had a really fast Tundra there last year with William (Byron) – he and I worked really well together and were able to stay up front most of the race. Michigan is a place that you can’t really drive away from people, so you have to make sure that your truck handles well in the draft. Using all the aero techniques that you have in your arsenal is going to be the key to success this weekend.”

Can Bell “park it” this week in Michigan?

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John Hunter Nemechek Prepares For The LTi Printing 200

Johnunter Nemechek

Event: LTI Printing 200
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Venue: Michigan International SpeedwayNEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Michigan International Speedway … This weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the 2-mile D-shaped track located in the Irish Hills of Michigan. The organization earned a team best finish of 10th-place at the Brooklyn, Mich.,-facility with Joe Nemechek on August 16, 2014. Three starts at the Michigan International Speedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 17.3 and an average finish of 16.0.

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, the Mooresville, N.C.,-based organization has logged 111 starts from five drivers, resulting in strong performances that include six victories (Watkins Glen, Chicago, Atlanta, Canada, Gateway, and Iowa) and 26 top-five finishes, as well as 53 top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 13.9 and an average finishing position of 12.9.

Collective NEMCO Motorsports … In the season’s first 12 events, NEMCO Motorsports’ two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have posted two victories (Gateway and Iowa), seven top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverados have completed 2,136 total laps and lead 92 of those laps. John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek rank fifth and 25th respectively in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points.

All in the Family … Team owner Joe Nemechek has one top-10 finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 11 starts at the Michigan International Speedway – all as a driver-owner. In addition, Nemechek has had 41 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) starts at the track since 1993, including one pole award (2005), four top-10 finishes and 32 laps led. One start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resulted in a 10th-place finish in 2014 for Nemechek.

Follow NEMCO Motorsports on Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit NEMCO Motorsports’ Twitter page – @NEMCOMotorsport. Also, follow the NEMCO Motorsports drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @FrontRowJoe87 and @JHNemechek. You can also “like” Joe Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /NASCARJoe, and John Hunter Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /JohnHunterNemechek.

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing display located in the midway at the Michigan International Speedway for a question and answer session with John Hunter Nemechek on Friday, August 11 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Catch the Action … The LTI Printing 200 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Saturday, August 12 starting with the pre-race show at12:30 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 13th event of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (ET) on FS1. In addition, both practice sessions on Friday, August 11 will be televised live on FS1 with the first session starting at 1:00 p.m. (ET), and the final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

The LTI Printing 200 at the Michigan International Speedway will re-air on Sunday, August 13 at 12:30 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 2, and at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1.

John Hunter Nemechek

No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Michigan International Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 037 in the LTI Printing 200 at the Michigan International Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on July 29 where Nemechek finished in the fourth-position after starting in the sixth-position in the chassis’ second appearance of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Since 2015, Chassis No. 037 has an average finishing position of 9.7 in seven starts, and proved to be a winning chassis with a victory at the Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway with Nemechek in 2015.

Sound the Alarm … The NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado returns with the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., (FAS) brand as the primary sponsor at the Michigan International Speedway. Headquartered in Arvada, Colorado, Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides superior fire and life safety and security services and products for protecting their client’s real estate investment.

Local Connection … The NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado will carry the Business Machines Company, Inc., (BMC) brand as an associate partner on Saturday, August 12 at the Michigan International Speedway. Headquartered in Lansing, Mich., Business Machines Company, Inc., provides services and hardware and software solutions for the grocery, restaurant and retail industries. Founded in 1958, the Business Machines Company, Inc. expansion continues from the Great Lakes Region.

Rolling into the Irish Hills … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s third Michigan International Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 16.5 and an average finishing position of 19.0 at the Brooklyn, Mich.,-facility. He made his track debut on August 15, 2015.

Race Rewind: Michigan International Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Business Machines Company (BMC) / Melling Performance Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished in the 26th-place in the Careers For Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Michigan International Speedway on August 27, 2016, after a late-race accident eliminated him from contention. Nemechek started in the 16th-postion, and by Lap 10 he was scored in the seventh-place. The 19 year-old patiently logged laps until Lap 61, when a competitor made contact with Nemechek’s No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado, forcing it toward the wall and resulting in a blown tire. On Lap 63 Nemechek came to pit road going directly to the garage, but the damage ultimately ended Nemechek’s day.

In the Rearview Mirror: Pocono Raceway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, scored a fourth-place finish in the Overton’s 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, July 29 at the Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Nemechek started sixth and flexed some muscle early, finishing Stage 1 on Lap 15 in the seventh position, and advancing to sixth-place at the end of Stage 2 on Lap 30. He took the lead on Lap 45 and led nine circuits before relinquishing the top spot to the eventual race winner on Lap 54. It was Nemechek’s sixth top-five result this season and his first top-five in three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs … With his win at the Gateway Motorsports Park on June 17, John Hunter Nemechek claimed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff eligibility with a victory during the regular season. Nemechek is second in the Playoff standings, with two wins and 11 playoff points.

Season-to-date … Through the first 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek has completed 1650 of 1868 laps contested (88.3 percent) and has led 92 laps. Nemechek is currently fifth in the driver point standings and fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points. In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports driver has collected two victories (Gateway and Iowa), six top-five and six top-10 finishes, has spent 1,339 laps running in the top 15 and has made 402 green-flag passes thus far this season.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!