There’s a reason Pocono (Pa.) Raceway is called the “Tricky Triangle”. First, there are only three turns on the track, instead of the typical four that make up the rest of the speedways on the NASCAR schedule. And to make it even more “tricky,” none of the three turns are identical and none of the three straightaways are the same length. But for Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Pocono Raceway is just another track he has checked off as one of his 48 wins in the series.
Owner-driver Busch has raced for KBM at Pocono twice in his career. The first time he took to the track in the Truck Series was in 2011 when he started from the second position and crossed the finish line in the runner-up position. The last time Busch piloted the No. 51 Tundra at the Tricky Triangle, he conquered the track after dominating the race. Busch took the green flag from the second position and led 53 circuits of the 69-lap race en route to the victory in an exciting green-white-checker finish.
This weekend in the Pocono Mountains, Busch will be pulling double-duty at the 2.5-mile track. Saturday, he will hop behind the wheel of the No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra and Sunday he will race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). Pocono Raceway is one of only two tracks on the MENCS schedule where Busch has yet to find Victory Lane, Charlotte Motor Speedway being the second.
Busch has two Truck Series wins this season in the No. 51 Cessna Tundra and hopes he can carry that momentum going into 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.
After Pocono, fans will have a chance to see Busch back on track for KBM in the No. 51 Tundra one more time on Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and in the No. 46 Tundra for the last time this season Aug. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Saturday afternoon, Busch and the No. 51 Toyota Racing team have 60 laps to out-trick the triangle and hopefully find themselves celebrating in Victory Lane once again.
Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Cessna Tundra:
What do you hope to be able to accomplish in your final two races scheduled in the No. 51 Tundra?
“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Cessna Tundra for Saturday’s race at Pocono and then again at Michigan in a few weeks. We’ve been able to pick up a couple wins already this year, win some stages and put this No. 51 team in a good position for the owner’s side of the playoffs. It doesn’t get talked about much because we are one of the few teams in the Truck Series that has a team with multiple drivers and this new playoff format puts a lot more focus on the driver’s championship, but it really means a lot to everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports that the No. 51 team will be competing for the Owner’s Championship. I have two more races scheduled with this team and my goal is to try and add more playoff points to what we’ve already earned and hopefully that will help take a little pressure off Myatt (Snider) and Todd (Gilliland) once the playoffs start later this year.”
Kevin “Bono” Manion, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Cessna Tundra:
Saturday owner-driver Kyle Busch is back in the No. 51 at Pocono, you already have two wins this season with Busch, how confident are you that your team can earn another win this weekend?
“I’m very confident that we can capture our third victory with Kyle (Busch) Saturday in Pocono. Our team has worked hard to hopefully unload a fast, new No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra. Pocono can definitely be tricky sometimes, but Kyle has shown success there in the Truck Series before and hopefully we can make our way to Victory Lane once again and bring home another trophy this weekend.
Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Cessna Tundra:
KBM-047: The No. 51 Cessna team will race KBM-047 for Saturday’s Overton’s 150. This is a brand-new Tundra.
Notes of Interest:
Kyle Busch @ Pocono Raceway:
Has registered one win, 53 laps led, two top-five and two top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 1.5 across two career NCWTS starts
In his lone NXS start, he recorded 16 laps led and a fourth-place finish
In 25 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, has collected three poles, 186 laps led, four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes
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 (6,052) and fifth in poles (17)
Has won 35.0% (48/137) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 52.6% (72/137)
175 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, 210 laps led and an average finish of 13.0 across 11 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 (61), 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 61 wins, 33 poles, 143 top-five and 232 top-10 finishes across 383 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 and Darrell Wallace Jr., each have 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 @ Pocono Raceway:
KBM drivers have collected two wins, two poles, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 6.6 across 14 starts at Pocono
Owner-driver Kyle Busch earned the organization its first win at the 2.5-mile track in 2015 after leading 53 laps en route to the checkered flag. William Byron brought home the victory last season for KBM after leading 44 laps.
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 Pocono resulted in a 13th-place finish with Cody Coughlin last season. While calling the shots in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Manion earned one top-five and three top-10 finishes at Pocono.