Kyle Busch Looks To Add To His Numbers

Kyle Busch


Production Alliance Group 300 (Round 5 of 33)
Date:  March 16, 2019
Location:  Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California
Layout:  2-mile oval 

Kyle Busch Notes of Interest 

●  This weekend’s Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, is the fifth event of the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule and the third with Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). 

●  In 18 career Xfinity Series starts at Auto Club Speedway, Busch has earned six wins, 12 top-fives, 15 top-10s and three poles. He has also completed 2,692 of the 2,704 laps available (99.6 percent). His most recent win at the 2-mile track was the Royal Purple 300 on March 23, 2013. Busch started on the pole and led 92 laps to secure his third win of an eventual 12-win season. 

●  Busch is the winningest Xfinity Series driver at Auto Club Speedway with six victories, three of which have been won from the pole. He is also tied with Kevin Harvick for the most Xfinity Series top-10s at Fontana. 

●  Busch is two-for-two in the iK9 Toyota Supra this season after a dominating performance in last Saturday’s iK9 Service Dog 200 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. He started from the third position and ran in the top-three for all but eight laps of the 200-lap event. Busch led four times for a race-high 116 laps to clinch JGR’s third Xfinity Series win of the year. 

●  Busch followed-up last Saturday’s Xfinity Series victory with a win in the TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday and is now just one win away from reaching 200 wins across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. His 199 total wins in NASCAR’s top-three series include 52 in Cup, 94 in Xfinity and 53 in Trucks. 

●  Busch is the all-time leader in Xfinity Series victories. His 94 career wins are 45 more than next-best Mark Martin (49 wins). Busch broke Martin’s record on Aug. 26, 2011 when he won the Food City 250 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. 

●  Busch made his Xfinity Series debut on May 24, 2003 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He started fifth and finished second in the Carquest Auto Parts 300. Busch’s first Xfinity Series win came on May 14, 2004 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in the Funai 250. 

●  The 2019 season marks Busch’s 17th year of Xfinity Series competition. In addition to his 94 wins, he earned the 2009 Xfinity Series championship, has scored 65 poles, logged 213 top-fives and 251 top-10s, and has led a total of 19,168 laps in 347 career starts. 

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra Auto Club Speedway is another track where you’ve had a lot of success, but it’s been a few years since you last visited victory lane in Fontana. Is the momentum from Las Vegas and Phoenix enough to carry the iK9 Toyota Supra to a third-consecutive win?
“Anytime we show up at the track we have a pretty strong chance to win. The Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series program has been very impressive for the last few years and I know what these guys are capable of putting together each week. At a track like Auto Club – that’s worn and has seen a lot of racing – sometimes we’re just racing the track and having to make sure we’re set up to be there at the end. We came close to a win back in 2016. We led a lot of laps and were having a good day and a blown tire at the end cost us a win. In 2017, we just never quite got the setup right for a long run. But we do have a lot of momentum coming out of Phoenix. Ben (Beshore, crew chief) and the iK9 team have given me fast Toyota Supras so far, and I’m really looking forward to getting back to work with them this week.” 

Ben Beshore, Crew Chief of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Team The No. 18 iK9 team has set the standard in the Xfinity Series so far this season. What is it like to be the crew chief for a team that is expected to win every race?
“It’s obviously high expectations. Anything less than wins is a pretty big disappointment, to be honest with you. Right now, with Kyle in the car, he expects to go out there and just stomp everybody. We have to be on our game and give him an iK9 Toyota Supra capable of doing that and not make any mistakes or let the team beat itself, and just let Kyle go out there and do what he’s best at. But we have to approach each race the same no matter which driver we’re working with. The expectations are the same across the board. We’re here to win.” 

Kyle Busch Auto Club Xfinity Series Performance Profile  
No. 18 iK9 Team Roster

Primary Team Members: 

Driver: Kyle Busch
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada 

Crew Chief: Ben Beshore
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania 

Car Chief: Chris Meyers
Hometown: Olney, Maryland 

Lead Engineer: Dustin Zacharyasz
Hometown: Berea, Ohio 

Engine Tuner: Jesse Warren​​
Hometown: Mentor, Ohio 

Spotter: Rick Carelli
Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Over-The-Wall Crew: 

Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise
Hometown: Gulfport, Mississippi 

Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks 
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island 

Tire Carrier: Kevin Harris
Hometown: Winter Springs, Colorado 

Gas Man: Kenneth Purcell
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia 

Jackman: Ernie Pierce
Hometown: San Diego, California

Road Crew Members: 

Truck Driver: 
Steve Fiedler
Hometown: Yankton, South Dakota 

Mechanic: Kevin Gladman
Hometown: Cadiz, Ohio 

Mechanic: John Egbert
Hometown: Akron, Ohio 

Tire Specialist: John Lanham
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana  


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