Kyle Busch Wins The UNOH 200 At Bristol

Kyle Busch

Not even a NASCAR overtime could stop Kyle Busch from rallying back from a speeding penalty at the end of Stage 2 to win Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch, forced to the back of the field under penalty to start the final stage, put on a clinic on a Lap 119 restart and utilized the high line to roar through the field and find himself back in the top-10 by Lap 136.

Nearly 30 laps later, Busch found himself on the tails of leaders Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton. Taking second from Sauter on Lap 163, Busch moved back into the lead four laps later slicing and dicing through lap traffic.

When Austin Wayne Self and Justin Haley tangled with five laps, the final restart left the field one more attempt to swipe the lead away from Busch.

The now five-time Bristol Truck Series winner, however, would have none of it pulling away from Crafton at the Lap 201 restart and cruised to his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the year and 49th of his career.

“I knew once I got that penalty that I had to go somewhere, other than where everyone else was,” said Busch. “I just started grooming the top and it took about 15 laps for it to come in and then it started going, it was pretty fast.”

“I can’t say enough about all these guys on this Banfield Pet Hospital Tundra, it was awesome. It was awesome when we unloaded. We made some fine-tune adjustments to it. She was really good all-day long.”

Looking like a superhero with his comeback, Busch, who isn’t expected to compete in anymore Camping World Truck Series races this season, said he learned enough from the penalty that could give him a potential advantage towards earning a second triple-weekend sweep at Bristol. The first came in August 2010.

“It was a lot of fun to come through the field like that, it kinda gave me some ideas about the rest of the week,” added Busch. “Probably showed a bunch of stuff too. That’s what it’s all about. This is the start of the triple, hopefully we can get it.”

While many welcomed the event’s final caution, Crafton didn’t want to see the yellow flag, as he was sure he was catching Busch as the final laps counted away.

“I searched the top, searched the bottom, and went back to the old faithful bottom,” said Crafton. “One thing I’ve done, I’ve finished second to Kyle way too many times here. All in all, it was a very good truck and we have nothing to hang our heads about.

“We were running him down there at the end. I didn’t want to see that yellow because we were running him down, we were so good on old tires. And then that restart, when you are starting on the outside you’re going ‘oh man this could be really really bad’ and he has that grip to take off on the bottom and I was sitting up there spinning the tires.”

Busch led the field to green after nearly a two-hour rain delay and dominated the first stage leading all 55 laps.

The Brad Keselowski Racing trucks of Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric pitted on Lap 27 and restarted 1-2 for the Lap 64 restart, but Matt Crafton used the bump and run on Cindric and took control a lap after the beginning of Stage 2 and led until Busch caught Crafton in lap traffic and re-inherited the lead at Lap 105 and sailed away to the Stage 2 win.

Busch led the field off pit road but was busted by NASCAR for speeding in section 4 handing the lead back to Crafton for the start of Stage 3 and the eventual comeback for Busch.

Check out the unofficial results of the UNOH 200 at Bristol.

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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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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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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?

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

Kyle Busch Straps Back Into The Flagship KBM No. 51 Tundra At Michigan

Kyle Busch

Saturday afternoon, in the heart of the Irish Hills of Michigan, Kyle Busch will strap into his No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the final time this season. The LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway will mark Busch’s 10th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the two-mile track.

In his nine previous NCWTS starts at Michigan, Busch has one win and an impressive seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The 32-year-old found Victory Lane in 2015, which was the last time he piloted the No. 51 Toyota Tundra at the track. Busch took the green flag from the 10th position and led a race-high 44 laps en route to the victory.

This weekend in the state known for its Great Lakes, Busch will be pulling double-duty at the oval track. Saturday, he will race 100 laps in the No. 51 Textron Off Road Toyota Tundra for the NCWTS and Sunday he will compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). Busch has one MENCS win at Michigan in 2011, where he started 17th and raced his way to the front of the pack, leading 22 laps before crossing the finish line first.

The owner-driver has two Truck Series wins this season in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra and hopes he can add a third win to the list after Saturday’s race. In his first win of 2017, Busch led 91 laps en route to the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway earlier this season. One week after that win, Busch found Victory Lane again at Charlotte Motor Speedway after leading a race-high 90 laps.

Although Michigan is Busch’s last race in the No. 51 Tundra this season, Rowdy fans will have a chance to see Busch back on track for KBM in the No. 46 Tundra on Aug. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Busch is confident that after the 100-lap race Saturday afternoon, he will have a chance to take his signature bow in front of the fans with the winning checkered flag in hand once again in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Textron Off Road Tundra:

How are you feeling going into the race Saturday afternoon?

“This is my last race of the year with the 51 team, so we’re looking to go out on a high note. We’ve had really fast Tundras each time out, led a lot of laps and we’ve been able to pick up a couple of wins for our new partner Textron while representing their Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker and Textron Off Road brands. I’m confident we’ll have another fast Tundra Saturday and with the draft coming into play in the truck races at Michigan, it’s going to take teamwork between all three of the KBM trucks to get to victory lane at the end of the day.”

 

Kevin “Bono” Manion, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Textron Off Road Tundra:

What will it take to get the win Saturday at Michigan International Speedway?

“Saturday will be our last race this season with Kyle (Busch) behind the wheel and we want to take as much advantage of it as we can. Kyle has won at Michigan in all three series and he knows his way around the track. This is a track where working with our KBM teammates is important because of the draft. We’ve unloaded fast Tundras so far with Kyle behind the wheel and I’m confident we will do this same this weekend. The No. 51 team has been working very hard and I hope we can get that third win Saturday afternoon.”

 

Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Textron Off Road Tundra:

KBM-046: The No. 51 Textron Off Road team will race KBM-046 for Saturday’s LTi Printing 200. This is a brand-new Tundra.

Notes of Interest:

Kyle Busch @ Michigan International Speedway:

  • Has registered one win, one pole, 240 laps led, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 5.4 across nine career NCWTS starts

  • In 10 NXS starts, he’s recorded two wins, two poles, 234 laps led, nine top-five and nine top-10 finishes

  • In 25 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, has collected one win, one pole, 219 laps led, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes

Series

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvFn

RAF

Miles

LLF

NCWTS

9

1

7

8

1

863

240

5.4

8

1726.0

8

NXS

10

2

9

9

2

1253

234

4.0

10

2506.0

10

MENCS

25

1

4

7

1

4337

219

19.9

22

8674.0

16

Kyle Busch’s Michigan NCWTS Performance Profile:

 

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

6/18/05

1

2

100/100

17

Running

6/16/07

3

2

100/100

38

Running

6/14/08

6

7

100/100

0

Running

6/13/09

4

2

100/100

62

Running

6/12/10

8

 3

100/100

25

Running

8/20/11

13

25

63/102

7

Radiator

8/17/13

7

2

100/100

33

Running

8/16/14

11

5

100/100

14

Running

8/15/15

10

1

100/100

44

Running

 

Kyle Busch 2017 Camping World Truck Series Highlights:

  • Qualified fourth at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and led a race-high 90 laps to capture his second NCWTS victory of 2017

  • Qualified 10th at Kansas Speedway and led a race-high 91 laps en route to his first NCWTS victory of 2017

  • Qualified second, led 25 laps and posted an average running position of 5.5 in his first NCWTS start of 2017 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, but was relegated to a 26th-place finish after a late-race tire issue

Kyle Busch 2016 Camping World Truck Series Highlights:

  • Posted two wins, 245 laps led, three top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.5 across three NCWTS starts

  • Led a race-high 123 laps en route to his first NCWTS victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (4/2/16)

  • Led a race-high 95 laps in his fifth NCWTS victory in six career NCWTS starts at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Kyle Busch Camping World Truck Series Career Highlights:

  • Ranks first all-time among NCWTS drivers in average finish (7.1), second in wins (48), fourth in laps led (6,084) and fifth in poles (17)

  • Has won 35.0% (48/138) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 52.1% (72/138)

  • 177 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins rank second all-time (Richard Petty 200)

  • As an owner-driver in 2010, his series-leading eight wins helped Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) become the first team since the NCWTS originated in 1995 to capture an Owner’s Championship in its inaugural season

  • Contributed to back-to-back NCWTS Owner’s Championships for KBM’s No. 51 Tundra team in 2013 and 2014, by leading the series in wins with five in 2013 and seven in 2014

  • In August of 2010, made history when he won the NCWTS, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Monster Energy Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, becoming the only driver to sweep all three of NASCAR’s top three series at one track on the same weekend

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Tundra:

  • The No. 51 team has earned two wins (Kansas and Charlotte), two top-five, three top-10 finishes, 242 laps led and an average finish of 14.0 across 12 races in 2017 and currently rank eighth 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, 144 top-five and 233 top-10 finishes across 386 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 @ Michigan International Speedway:

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.6 across 14 starts at Michigan

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch earned the organization its only win at the two-mile track after leading 44 laps to the checkered flag in 2015

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.

Manion’s lone Truck Series race at Michigan resulted in a 20th-place finish with Cody Coughlin last season. He earned two top-five and two top-10 finishes in two XFINITY Series starts with Martin Truex Jr. While calling the shots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Manion earned two top-five and two top-10 finishes in 19 starts at Michigan

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

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

Noah Gragson Is Still Fighting For A Playoff Berth

Noah Gragson

With only four races remaining in the regular season of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Noah Gragson is still fighting for a spot in the eight-driver playoffs. Five drivers have already punched their tickets to the playoffs with wins this season, which leaves three spots left to fill. Gragson is not giving up on making it into the playoffs in his rookie campaign.

 Gragson felt that Eldora Speedway in Ohio would be his wild-card race and was concerned about how he would fare in the points after his dirt debut. He exceeded his own expectations and posted a top-10 finish. He left Eldora only seven points out of eighth place, which is the cut-off to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, an accident the following week at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway set him back to 37 points out of eighth. Now his best shot is to win one of the next four races.

 The 19-year-old has never even been to the state of Michigan, let alone Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, but that has not deterred him from keeping his eye on the prize – a trip to Victory Lane. Since the trucks do not race at Auto Club Speedway in California, the sister track to Michigan, this will be Gragson’s first race on a fast, two-mile oval. He has spent hours watching races from the last two years there, when his KBM teammate Christopher Bell nearly won last year and his owner Kyle Busch did win in 2015. Both Bell and Busch will be in the truck race this weekend battling for the win themselves.

 Although Gragson has yet to win this year, the Switch Tundra he will be driving at Michigan is a proven winner. Busch led 90 laps en route to the win with this Tundra in its first outing at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May. He also raced it at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta last month where he finished sixth.

 Gragson is hoping he’ll have the luck of the Irish Hills on his side this weekend at Michigan. Rather than a pot of gold, he wants to claim one of the final three spots in the NCWTS playoffs.

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

This will be your first start on a two-mile track. How will this differ from your previous experience?

“I’ve been talking to Marcus Richmond (crew chief) and it seems like a superspeedway since you are pretty much wide open all the way around Michigan. It’s all about drafting and working with your teammates and other Toyota teams to ultimately get out front. My goal is to work together with my teammates Christopher (Bell) and Kyle (Busch) to get out front and then we’ll duke it out for the lead at the end of the race.”

The accident in Pocono two weeks ago set you back in the points. How do you rebound with only four races to go before the playoffs begin?

“We just have to go win. That’s really the only thing you can do to have any hope of making it into the playoffs. I’m not really worried about the points now since we’ve only got four more races before the cutoff. If you win, you are in and that’s what we have to do at this point.”

Since you have never been to Michigan, what have you learned about it so far?

“I’ve watched the truck races from the past two years at Michigan to see what lines the fast trucks run. It’s a fast race since it’s only 100 laps, so you have to make every lap count. It’s a really wide track with opportunities to pass and different lines you can run. Handling will be important, as well as drafting. It looks like a lot of fun, so I’m ready to jump in my Switch Tundra for practice on Friday afternoon.”

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

What is the key to winning at Michigan?

“Running wide open is the key at Michigan. We need to have a solid truck in the draft. It would be great if our three KBM teams could run together to help each other out, but it’s so hard to plan for since we don’t know where we will come out of the pits, where we will qualify and you can’t hurt yourself to try to help your teammates.”

Is winning pretty much the only option to make it into the playoffs with four races remaining?

“We were pretty good on points after Eldora, but the accident in Pocono really set us back. That really put us behind, so winning is for sure our best option. We definitely have to win to get in now, but we’ve got some good tracks coming up for Noah in these final four regular-season races.”

Noah Gragson’s No. 18 Switch Tundra:

KBM-045: The No. 18 Switch team will race KBM-045, for Saturday’s LTi Printing 200 at MIS. This is the same Tundra Kyle Busch won with at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and finished sixth with at Kentucky Speedway in July.

 

KBM-045 Performance Profile

Starts

Wins

Average Start

Average Finish

Laps Led

 2

1

15.5

3.5

90

 

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 eight-top 10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.3 across 12 NCWTS starts this season

  • Is currently ninth in the NCWTS standings, 37 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 eight 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 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, 144 top-five and 233 top-10 finishes across 386 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 @ Michigan

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 253 laps led, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.6 across 14 starts at Michigan

  • Driver-owner Kyle Busch claimed KBM’s lone victory in the Irish Hills in 2015

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 one top-five and five top-10 finishes in nine starts as a NCWTS crew chief at MIS. His team’s best finish was third with 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

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

Christopher Bell Is In the Driver’s Seat With The Playoffs Looming

Christopher Bell

After picking up his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-leading fourth win of the season in the circuit’s last stop at Pocono Raceway in Long, Pond, Pa., Christopher Bell took over the points lead from reigning champion Johnny Sauter. Including this weekend’s event at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Bell has four more regular season races left to hold off Sauter and earn the coveted 15 playoff bonus points for being the regular-season champion.

After winning one race and finishing third in the 2016 Truck Series championship standings, the 22-year-old driver has returned with a vengeance this season. In addition to toping the Truck Series point standings, Bell currently tops the circuit in poles (three), playoff points (24), laps led (521), driver rating (118.9), average starting position (4.3), average finish (5.6), top-10 finishes (11) and fastest laps run (228).

Intermediate tracks have been Bell’s strong suit this season, as all three of his poles and all four of his victories have come at tracks between 1.5-miles and 2.5 miles in length. He started the season off winning the pole and all three stages at Atlanta Motor Speedway and also picked up victories at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and most recently Pocono. His average finish in five starts on intermediate tracks this season is 2.0.  When Bell hasn’t been able to pick up the victory on the intermediate tracks, his boss and team owner Kyle Busch has picked up his slack and earned Kyle Busch Motorsports the victory at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Bell had a fast Tundra at Michigan last year, but didn’t have the result to show for it. After running inside the top five for the majority of the race, he made a move to take the lead from Cole Custer with 25 laps remaining, but ended up getting aero loose and crashing into another competitor and then into the outside wall. The accident relegated him to a disappointing 24th-place finish.

The talented wheelman will be looking to redeem himself from last year’s disappointing finish this weekend. Bell aims to be the leader of the pack at the end of Saturday’s 100-lap race in the Irish Hills in an effort to collect his fifth Truck Series win of 2017 and extend his points lead as the end of the regular season approaches.

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 NCWTS JBL/SiriusXM Tundra:

What is your outlook heading to Michigan this week?

“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. 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.”

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

What does it take to have a fast truck at Michigan?

“When you first get there it’s all drafting and seems a lot like Daytona and Talladega, but by the time the race starts and all the rubber is down and all the trucks are out there at once it’s a lot of handling and drafting. That makes it like an old-school Daytona – when Daytona was wore out where you had to draft and handle all at the same time. It’s fun as a crew chief to try and get that balance, but it’s also difficult because you never get in a big enough pack in practice to be in the situations that you will be in during the race.”

Christopher Bell’s No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra:

KBM-044: The No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Racing team will unload KBM-044 for Saturday’s LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. It is the same Tundra that Kyle Busch led a race-high 91 laps en route to victory with earlier this season at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

KBM-044 Performance Profile:

 

Date
Track
Driver
Start
Finish
Laps
Laps Led
Status
6/9/2017
Texas
Snider
13
16
160/167
0
Accident
5/12/2017
Kansas
Busch
10
1
167/167
91
Running

 

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
12 of 12
4
8
11
3
1703
521
4.2
5.6
11
11
3 years
42
6
19
31
3
5958
829
7.8
8.8
37
34

 

Christopher Bell’s NCWTS Michigan Performance Profile:

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

8/27/16

5

24

74/100

0

accident

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, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 5.6 across 12 NCWTS events
  • After 12 races, leads Johnny Sauter by 18 points in the NCWTS regular season driver’s point standings Leads the NCWTS in wins (four), poles (three), driver rating (118.9), playoff points (24), average starting position (4.3), average finish (5.6), laps led (521) and fastest laps run (228)
  • 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.

  • Ranked first among NCWTS drivers in quality passes (782), third in driver rating (95.9), fastest laps run (189), average running position (9.608) and green flag speed (6.421)

  • Finished second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings behind KBM teammate William Byron

  • 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, 28 top-five and 48 top-10 finishes across 58 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, 144 top-five and 233 top-10 finishes across 386 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 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 @ Michigan International Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected one win, 253 laps led, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 11.6 across 14 starts at Michigan

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch led a race-high 44 laps and claimed KBM’s lone victory in the Irish Hills in the 2015 event

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 40 top-five finishes across his 80 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 58 laps led and finished inside the top five in each of his three starts calling the shots at Michigan. William Byron led nine laps and finished fourth in last year’s event.

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

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

Promising Overton’s 150 Ends Early For “The Shrub”

Kyle Busch

Owner-driver Kyle Busch led a race-high 32 laps in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Pocono Raceway, before an incident on track resulted in a 25th-place finish for his No. 51 Textron Off Road Toyota Tundra.

Stage One Recap:
  • When the green flag flew for Saturday’s Overton’s 150, owner-driver Kyle Busch rolled off the grid on the front row in the second position. Busch made the pass for the lead over fellow Toyota driver Ben Rhodes on the first lap of the race. During the stage Busch complimented his No. 51 Toyota Racing team by saying over the radio he had a great truck. When the caution came out to end the stage Busch had led every lap.
Stage Two Recap:
  • After a two-tire stop on pit road, Busch started Stage Two leading the field to green. Busch continued to be happy with his truck throughout the stage and when the caution flew to end Stage Two, he had led all 30 laps of the race.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Busch started Stage Three by making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires and a track bar adjustment. When the field restarted on Lap 33, the No. 51 Tundra was ninth in the lineup. On Lap 36, Busch was caught in an incident on track that spun him into the wall in Turn 2. When the checkered flag flew, Busch was scored 25th.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Textron Off Road Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
What happened that took you out of the race?
“I don’t know, just going down the straightaway on the bottom side and gave as much room as I could to the outside guys, I thought we were only three-wide and I just got door-slammed three or four times. Then it just upset the truck on entry and got loose, backed it in the fence. That’s about it, should have never been back there.”
 
Overton’s 150 Recap:
  • KBM’s Christopher Bell won his fourth race of the season followed by Ben Rhodes, Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter rounded the top-five finishers.
  • The race featured four cautions for a total of 15 laps. There were four lead changes among four drivers.
How Busch’s KBM Teammates Fared:
 
Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 24th
Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished first
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
 
The No. 51 Toyota Racing team remains eighth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.
Next Race:
 
Owner-driver Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Saturday, August 12, at Michigan International Raceway. Live coverage begins with the NCWTS Setup Show at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Consistent Noah Gragson Is Making A Playoff Push

Noah Gragson
Consistency has been key for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson.

After placing 28th at Kansas on May 12, the 19-year-old Las Vegas native has racked up seven straight top-10 finishes. He’s jumped from 13th in the points standings to ninth, where he sits eight points behind Ben Rhodes for the final playoff spot.

Gragson will attempt to continue his playoff push in Saturday’s Overton’s 150 at Pocono Raceway. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver has never raced at Pocono, but will try to match William Byron, who won his first career start at the Tricky Triangle for KBM last year.

“I really think we are going to be good this weekend at Pocono,” Gragson said. “I am going to treat it like a road course and make the straightaways as long as possible. I was watching film this week and it just seems like there is a lot of drafting down the long straightaways, and with three different corners it seems more like a road course than a normal oval.”

Keep your eye on this young man, he could be a sleeper!

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