Can Kyle Busch Make It Two In A Row This Weekend?

Kyle Busch

Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway is a special track for Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). It’s a place of firsts for him. On May 20, 2005, Busch led 77 laps to capture his very first checkered flag in the Truck Series. That was the first of what is now 47 wins out of the 135 races he’s run in the NCWTS, making him the second-winningest driver in the series.

And that’s not the only reason Charlotte is special to the 32-year-old. Busch is a master of the 1.5-mile track in the NCWTS. His six wins at Charlotte are a track-best for a Truck Series driver and more than he has registered at any other track in NASCAR’s third division. His most recent win for KBM at Charlotte came in 2014 while piloting the No. 51 Toyota Tundra. Busch started from the pole and dominated the field, leading 130 laps of the 134-lap race. Busch has also collected eight wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Charlotte, but he is still looking to capture his first MENCS win at the track.

Busch has momentum going into Friday night’s race as he comes off a winning weekend at Kansas Speedway. The owner-driver led 91 laps in his No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra en route to the checkered flag last Friday for his first NCWTS win of the 2017 season. Later in the season, fans will have a chance to see Busch back on track for KBM in the No. 51 Tundra on July 29 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Aug. 12at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

“Rowdy” and the No. 51 Toyota Racing team hope to make it two in a row and find themselves in Victory Lane once again Friday night to scratch-off Busch’s seventh win at Charlotte.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Cessna Tundra:

 Why are you so successful in the trucks at Charlotte?

“I don’t know — there have been a couple times where I haven’t been very good there and I’ve kind of lucked into it. I love Charlotte, the trucks and the XFINITY car just sort of fit me, but for some reason I’ve yet to win a cup race there. With the trucks, there is a lot of throttle on time and the enjoyment of diving off into the corners and feeling the load that you feel. Turns 1 and 2 are different than 3 and 4, so you have to attack them differently. I think knowing those differences helps you as a driver, versus maybe other guys that try to drive both ends the same — you just can’t do it.”

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

 You’re coming off a win last weekend in Kansas, are you feeling confident about racing this weekend in Charlotte?

“It means a lot to the No. 51 team and everyone at KBM to bring home the win last weekend in Kansas with Kyle (Busch). Charlotte is arguably Kyle’s best track in the Truck Series, so we are very confident that we can end up in Victory Lane again Friday night. We tested there a few weeks ago and I feel like we made a lot of gains between Kyle, myself and the rest of the team. Charlotte is a fun race track and hopefully we can put Kyle in position to bring home another trophy.”

Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Cessna Tundra:

KBM-045: The No. 51 Cessna team will race KBM-045 for Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200. This is a brand-new Tundra.

Notes of Interest:

Kyle Busch @ Charlotte Motor Speedway:

  • Has registered six wins, three poles, 572 laps led, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 2.9 across 10 career NCWTS starts

  • In 24 NXS starts has recorded eight wins, two poles, 1288 laps led, 18 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes

  • In 26 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, has collected two poles, 908 laps led, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes

Series

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

AvFn

RAF

Miles

LLF

NCWTS

10

6

8

9

3

1348

572

2.9

10

2022.0

10

NXS

24

8

18

20

2

4601

1288

6.6

22

6901.6

20

MENCS

26

0

10

15

2

8771

908

15.5

20

13156.5

16

Kyle Busch’s Charlotte NCWTS Performance Profile:

Date

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

5/20/05

3

1

136/136

77

Running

5/19/06

20

1

134/134

96

Running

5/18/07

6

11

136/136

0

Running

5/16/08

1

8

138/138

86

Running

5/15/09

1

2

134/134

0

Running

5/21/10

1

1

134/134

69

Running

5/20/11

6

1

134/134

7

Running

5/17/13

4

1

134/134

80

Running

5/16/14

1

1

134/134

130

Running

5/21/16

5

2

134/134

27

Running

Kyle Busch 2017 Camping World Truck Series Highlights:

  • 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 (47), fourth in laps led (5,962) and fifth in poles (17)

  • Has won 34.8% (47/135) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 52.5% (71/135)

  • 172 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 one win (Kansas), one top-five, two top-10 finishes, 116 laps led and an average finish of 12.5 across four races in 2017 and currently rank third in the NCWTS Owner’s points standings

  • The No. 51Tundra team has compiled 21 of KBM’s 58 NCWTS victories, the most of any truck number in the team’s stable

KBM NCWTS Program

  • Holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (58), 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 58 wins, 29 poles, 137 top-five and 217 top-10 finishes across 360 starts since originating in 2010

  • Nine different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 31. Erik Jones and Williams Byron each collected seven victories, Darrell Wallace Jr., has five wins, Christopher Bell has three wins and 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 @ Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • KBM drivers have collected four wins, three poles, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.8 across 17 starts at Charlotte

  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch is the only KBM driver to win at the 1.5-mile track. He earned the organization its most recent win there in 2014 after leading 130 laps en route to the checkered flag.

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 Charlotte resulted in a 23rd-place finish with Daniel Suarez last season.  He earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes in five XFINITY Series starts with Martin Truex Jr. While calling the shots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Manion earned one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes at Charlotte. His lone win came in 2010 with Jamie McMurray.

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