Kyle Busch Grabs A Top Five Finish In The LTi Printing 200

Date:                            August 12, 2017

Event:                           Lti Printing 200 (Race 13 of 23)

Series:                          NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Location:                     Michigan International Speedway (two-mile oval)

Format:                       Three Stages; 30 laps/30 laps/40 laps

Start/Finish:                10th/3rd (Running, completed 100 of 100 laps)

Winner:                       Darrell Wallace Jr. of MDM Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Owner-driver Kyle Busch led a race-high 47 laps in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Michigan International Speedway before ultimately scoring a third-place finish in his last race behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for the 2017 season.

Stage One Recap:

  • Busch took the green to start the race from the 10th position. By Lap 2, he had already cracked into the top five, looking to make it to the front of the field. After the first caution flag flew, Bush restarted the race third and on Lap 15 he made the pass for the lead. Throughout the stage the owner-driver had no complaints about his No. 51 Textron Off-Road Toyota Tundra. When the caution waved to end the stage, Busch was still leading the field.

Stage Two Recap:

  • After a four-tire stop on pit road, Busch started Stage Two once again leading the field to green. He continued to be happy with the way his Tundra was handling and led every lap of Stage Two.

Stage Three Recap:

  • Busch started Stage Three by making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires before restarting behind trucks that only took gas, in the eighth position. As Busch restarted, he got caught up in an incident that cut his left-front tire down. After a trip to pit road to change the tire and assess the damage, he restarted in the 14th position with less than 30 laps to go. Busch used the rest of the stage to race his way back to the front of the pack. The last lap proved to be exciting as Busch raced hard for the win, but ultimately finished third, behind teammate Christopher Bell.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Textron Off Road Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:

What happened early in the race when you had your tire cut down?

“I have no idea what happened – there was an idiot up there that doesn’t know how to drive and that’s probably what caused it. It was unfortunate for our truck, we had a really, really fast Textron Off Road Tundra and was hopefully being able to keep our track position there and race those guys, but it was hard to make any moves and try to pass and go for the win by yourself, you always had to have help, you always had to have somebody behind you or momentum behind you to push the guy out front. Any time you got to the guy that was out front, he could just side draft you so hard that it really messed up your momentum. It kind of scrambled things there at the end, but I was trying to help the 4 (Christopher Bell) as much as I could to get him up there and he made a bold move into one and couldn’t quite get him cleared and almost got sucked around and then off of two we got cleaned up again and get up there one more time and just got the door shut on him in three. Overall, just a good day, but frustrating in the same breath.”

What happened to force you back in the field?

“Fast trucks just keep getting wrecked and we keep getting stuck back in traffic and had a hard time coming up through. Just needed more laps I guess, these races aren’t very long.”

 

LTI Printing 200 Recap:

  • Darrell Wallace Jr. won his first race of the season followed by KBM’s Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, Ryan Truex and Austin Cindric rounded out the top-five finishers

  • The race featured five cautions for a total of 24 laps. There were seven lead changes among seven drivers.

How Busch’s KBM Teammates Fared:

 

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished seventh

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished second

NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:

 

The No. 51 Toyota Racing team is now fifth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.

Next Race:

 

Harrison Burton will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra when the Truck Series returns on Wednesday, August 16, at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Bubba Has A “One Off “And Parks It At Michigan!

Darrell Wallace, Jr.
For the final 11 laps of today’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. protected his leading position. He blocked high and low and middle, and when he briefly lost the lead, he quickly surged his No. 99 MDM Motorsports Chevrolet back ahead. Every move he made in today’s LTi Printing 200 to earn a trip to Victory Lane turned out to be the right one.

Actually getting to Victory Lane, that was another story.

After laying down a massive burnout to raucous applause from the MIS crowd, Wallace stopped his truck on the apron—he seemed unsure where to go. A NASCAR official pointed forward and to the right. Wallace followed those directions.

“It’s been so long since I’ve been in Victory Lane,” Wallace said. “I try to hold a positive mindset over it, and everybody in my family knows it eats at me every day.”

It was Wallace’s first race in a truck since the last race of the 2014 season; he won that race, too. It was his sixth win in a truck and first at Michigan.

After he parked his truck in Victory Lane, it appeared that every member of his team stuck their head in to say congratulations. His girlfriend, Amanda Carter, leaned in and kissed him. This was her first visit with him to a NASCAR Victory Lane. Still shaking a few minutes later, she said, “This is so incredible. It is so awesome.”

It certainly was that for Wallace, whose roller coaster career appeared stalled this season. Wallace, who opened 2017 as NASCAR’s only full-time African American driver, lost his NASCAR XFINITY Series ride with Roush Fenway Racing earlier this year due to a lack of sponsorship. He debuted in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for four races as a replacement for the injured Aric Almirola. But since then, nothing. His deal with MDM Motorsports was announced just this week.

Wallace entered the race confident his truck was fast. He struggled early on, including a penalty on lap 53 when his pit crew went over the wall too soon. But he worked his way toward the front. He appeared content to stay in third behind Austin Cindric and Christopher Bell as the laps wound down. He and spotter Freddie Kraft sketched out a plan—Wallace would wait for those two to get side-by-side so he could pass them both at once.

“You’re going probably 10 miles an hour faster than they are,” Kraft said. “As soon as they do that, you have the momentum.”

Wallace preferred to wait for the pass until there were only a handful of laps left. But when Cindric and Bell got side-by-side with 11 to go, Kraft keyed his radio and said, “Here’s your chance.”

“I closed my eyes, turned left, and heard clear,” said Wallace when discussing the heroic three-wide move to give truck owner Mike Millner his first series victory.

As cool as it was to see nobody in front of him, Wallace figured it wouldn’t last. He thought other drivers would do to him what he had just done to Cindric and Bell. But the drivers behind him spent most of the time racing each other instead of trying to pass him. And when they did devote their attention to getting by Wallace, he darted and dived and kept them behind.

Check out the unofficial results of the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan.

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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.

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Cody Coughlin Feels Confident Coming To Michigan

Cody Coughlin

Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 13th

Owner Point Standings: 14th

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

2017 Stage Wins: 0

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 1

2017 Playoff Points: 0

Chatting with Cody Coughlin:

Does racing at a track like Michigan International Speedway give you confidence considering you have quite a few laps around the two-mile oval in both the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and you are coming off a career-best finish at Pocono?

“We had a strong run going last year at Michigan and broke a transmission, so I’m very confident going into this weekend. Hopefully, we can contend for a win – that’s the goal.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 13 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 57 for Saturday’s LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). This is the same chassis Cody Coughlin piloted to a 16th-place finish at both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Dover International Raceway, earlier this season.

  • Michigan Minute… Coughlin has four previous starts at MIS; two in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and two in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

  • Chasing Rookie of the Year… Coughlin, who finished a career-best eighth in the series’ last stop at Pocono Raceway, is currently seventh in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle, after 12 of 23 races.

  • Truck Series Stats… Coughlin has made 24 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 – Pocono… Coughlin started 13th in the Overton’s 150 at Pocono Raceway, ran as high as eighth, and finished a career-best eighth in the 60-lap event.

  • Catch Cody at Michigan… Coughlin, along with his RIDE TV teammate, Grant Enfinger, will appear at the RIDE TV display in the Fan Zone on Friday, August 11from 4:45-5:15 p.m. ET.

Coughlin’s Michigan NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 2, since 2014

  • Laps Completed: 191 of 200 (95.0%)

  • Laps Led: 0

  • Best Start: 10th (2016)

  • Best Finish: 20th (2015 & 2016)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 0

  • Top-10 Finishes: 0

  • Average Start: 14.0

  • Average Finish: 20.0

Coughlin’s Michigan ARCA Stats:

  • Starts: 2, since 2015

  • Laps Completed: 190 of 200 (95.5%)

  • Laps Led: 0

  • Best Start: 6th (2014)

  • Best Finish: 13th (2014)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 0

  • Top-10 Finishes: 0

  • Average Start: 8.0

  • Average Finish: 13.5

Michigan Stages:

  • Stage 1 – 30 laps (concludes at lap 30)

  • Stage 2 – 30 laps (concludes at lap 60)

  • Stage 3 – 40 laps (concludes at lap 100)

Broadcast Schedule – Michigan:

LTI Printing 200Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM, MRN

Keystone Light Pole QualifyingSaturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM, MRN

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, August 12. 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX and MRN

Track: 2-mile D-shaped oval

Distance: 100 Laps, 2000 miles

Social: @MISpeedway #LTI200

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Grant Enfinger Fells Dubious About Previous Michigan Seat Time

Grant Enfinger

Team Information:

Driver Point Standings: 8th

Owner Point Standings: 10th

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

2017 Stage Wins: 0

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 57

2017 Playoff Points: 0

Sounding Off – Grant Enfinger:

Do you think the added seat time from your five ARCA Racing Series starts, combined with your NCWTS start in 2016, will be an advantage over the other rookies in the field on Saturday

“At most tracks, I feel like seat time in the ARCA Series has helped me get a feel of the track, even though the cars drive a good bit differently than the trucks. Michigan however, is it’s on style of truck race. I don’t think the ARCA laps will help, but my experience racing the truck last year will definitely be a benefit. Michigan is in between a super speedway track, and an intermediate track for the Truck Series. We use the draft a lot, but you still need a good handling truck to be able to drive around other trucks. I finished eighth at MIS last year, and learned a lot. Jeff (Hensley, crew chief) has run really well there, and he won this race a few years ago with (Johnny) Sauter, so we are looking forward to this one. I’m happy to have Champion Power Equipment back on board again for the next two races, and look for solid runs as we head into the Playoffs.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 98 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 52 forSaturday’s LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). This is the same chassis Grant Enfinger piloted to a fourth-place finish at Iowa Speedway, and a third-place finish at Dover International Speedway, earlier this season.

  • Michigan Minute… Enfinger has six starts at MIS since 2010. Included in those six starts are five ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts (2010-2015), and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start (2016). In his lone NCWTS start at the 2.0-mile D-shaped oval, Enfinger started 9th, completed 100 percent of the scheduled laps, and finished eighth.

  • Playoff Status… Enfinger has four 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 ThorSport Racing driver is currently on the outside looking in, by a mere four points. Enfinger is currently 8th in the NCWTS driver point standings, but seeded ninth in the Playoff standings entering the 13th race on the 2017 NCWTS schedule.

  • Rookie Stripe: Enfinger is currently second in the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, a mere nine points behind leader Chase Briscoe, after 12 of 23 races this season.

  • Race Rewind – Pocono…. In his track debut at Pocono Raceway in the NCWTS, the ThorSport Racing driver started 12th, finished ninth in Stage 1, 17th in Stage 2, and 13th in the Overton’s 150, due to a left-rear tire issue late in the 60-lap event.

  • Catch Grant at Michigan…Enfinger, and ThorSport Racing teammate Cody Coughlin, will be at the RIDE TV display in the MIS Fan Zone on Friday, August 11 from 4:45-5:15 p.m.

Enfinger’s Michigan ARCA Stats:

  • Starts: 5, since 2010

  • Laps Completed: 451 of 500 (90.2%)

  • Laps Led: 46

  • Best Start: 6th (2015)

  • Best Finish: 5th (2013)

  • Top-5 Finishes: 1

  • Top-10 Finishes: 3

  • Average Start: 10.6

  • Average Finish: 14.0

Enfinger’s 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 12

  • Wins: 0

  • Poles: 0

  • Laps Completed: 1758 of 1868 (94.1%)

  • Laps Led: 23

  • Top-5 Finishes: 5

  • Top-10 Finishes: 7

  • Average Start: 11.4

  • Average Finish: 9.9

Enfinger’s Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 26, 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: 12

  • Laps Completed: 3,413

  • Laps Led: 73

  • Avg. Start: 12.2

  • Avg. Finish: 12.2

Michigan Stages:

  • Stage 1 – 30 laps (concludes at lap 30)

  • Stage 2 – 30 laps (concludes at lap 60)

  • Stage 3 – 40 laps (concludes at lap 100)

Broadcast Schedule – Michigan:

LTI Printing 200Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM, MRN

Keystone Light Pole QualifyingSaturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM, MRN

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, August 12. 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX and MRN

Track: 2-mile D-shaped oval

Distance: 100 Laps, 2000 miles

Social: @MISpeedway #LTI200

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Matt Crafton Has A Strong Record At Michigan

Matt Crafton

Stats:

2017 Driver Point Standings: 4th

2017 Owner Point Standings: 4th

2017 Stage Wins: 2

2017 Stage Points: 121

2017 Playoff Points: 7

Sounding Off – Matt Crafton:

You’ve been pretty strong at Michigan in the past. Has the track aged at all since the repave?

“Before they repaved it you could run all over the place. Then they paved it, and the racing groove got narrow. The groove is widening out – the inside lane is a little bit faster now – and there is some passing. The first year we were there, it was really bad, and you couldn’t move two feet out of the groove – you were slippin’ and slidin’. It’s gotten a little bit better, for sure. I know restarts will be tricky, and drafting partners will be key. Michigan is a home-track, per se, for ThorSport Racing, so hopefully we can put on another great show this weekend for all of our friends, family, and employees that are coming out to the race.”

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 88 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 58 for Saturday’s LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). This is the same chassis Matt Crafton piloted to a ninth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, and an eighth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway, earlier this season.

  • Michigan Minute… Crafton has 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts at MIS. In fact, among active series drivers, Crafton has the most starts, has the most pole awards (2), has completed the most laps (1382), and has the most lead lap finishes (11).

  • Playoff Status… Following Crafton’s first win of the 2017 NCWTS season at Eldora Speedway, the ThorSport Racing 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 – Michigan, 2016…Making his 15th career start at MIS, Crafton qualified second, led the field four times, for 23 laps, and finished seventh in the rain delayed event.

  • Rearview Mirror – Pocono… Starting ninth, Crafton finished fifth in Stage 1, 16th in Stage 2, and sixth in the Overton’s 150 at Pocono Raceway.

Crafton’s Michigan Stats:

  • Starts: 15, since 2010

  • Laps Completed: 1382 of 1504 (91.9%)

  • Laps Led: 53

  • Poles: 2 (2011 & 2015)

  • Wins: 0

  • Top-5 Finishes: 3

  • Top-10 Finishes: 6

  • Average start: 10.5

  • Average finish: 14.7

Crafton’s Career Truck Series Stats:

  • Starts: 396, since 2000

  • Wins: 14

  • Top-five Finishes: 100

  • Top-10 finishes: 234

  • Poles: 12

  • Laps Completed: 61,149

  • Laps Led: 2231

  • Average start: 12.5

  • Average finish: 11.4

Michigan Stages:

  • Stage 1 – 30 laps (concludes at lap 30)

  • Stage 2 – 30 laps (concludes at lap 60)

  • Stage 3 – 40 laps (concludes at lap 100)

Broadcast Schedule – Michigan:

LTI Printing 200Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM, MRN

Keystone Light Pole QualifyingSaturday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET on FS1, SiriusXM, MRN

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, August 12. 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX and MRN

Track: 2-mile D-shaped oval

Distance: 100 Laps, 2000 miles

Social: @MISpeedway #LTI200

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!