Kyle Busch Goes For The Triple At TMS

Kyle Busch & Cole Custer

NASCAR Xfinity Series Overview


Event:         My Bariatric Solutions 300 (Round 6 of 33)

Date:           March 30, 2019

Location:   Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth

Layout:       1.5-mile oval


Kyle Busch Notes of Interest


●  This weekend’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is the sixth event of the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule and the fourth with Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).


●  In 20 career Xfinity Series starts at Texas, Busch has earned eight wins, 15 top-fives, 16 top-10s and four poles. His most recent win at the 1.5-mile oval was the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on April 8, 2016. Busch started on the pole and led 150 of 200 laps to secure the win.


●  Busch is the winningest Xfinity Series driver at Texas with eight victories. He also leads the Xfinity Series in poles (four) and top-fives (15) at Texas.


●  Busch comes into Texas with three straight top-two finishes in the Xfinity Series. He scored back-to-back wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway near Phoenix before a runner-up finish in the series’ most race race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.


●  Since 2009, the season Busch delivered JGR its first Xfinity Series drivers’ championship, the team has won 128 of 340 races run – that’s an astounding winning percentage of 37.6 percent (2009-present). To put that into perspective, during that time JGR won more than double (69 more wins) the next highest organization – Team Penske with 59 victories. And to boot, JGR’s winning percentage is also more than double that of its next highest competitor, as well.  


●  What might be most impressive of the recent dominance is how pivotal a role Busch has played in the organization’s success. Of 340 races run from 2009-present, Busch has run 210 races and won 72 of them, making his winning percentage 34.3 percent.


●  In total, JGR has accumulated 155 Xfinity Series wins since first competing in the series back in 1997 with driver Bobby Labonte. JGR has been able to win so many Xfinity races they now hold the series record for the most wins at 16 of 25 different tracks the series competes on actively. At Texas alone, JGR has 11 Xfinity Series victories.


●  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 214 top-fives and 252 top-10s, and has led a total of 19,266 laps in 348 career starts.


Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra


What can we expect to see from the iK9 team in Texas?

“Texas can be a tough track. It’s still a newer surface and we haven’t run enough races since the repave for the asphalt to start to wear. It’s been a few years since I’ve run in the Xfinity Series at Texas, but that was the case for Las Vegas and Fontana and it didn’t slow us down. I’ve run enough there to know what I have to do and I should get plenty of track time with practices and the Truck race to get a good idea of what changes the track will go through, if any. Plus the iK9 team has been so on it this year, I think we’ll have a strong Toyota Supra come Saturday afternoon.”


Ben Beshore, Crew Chief of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Team


The No. 18 iK9 team faced some setbacks in the series’ last race at Fontana with a slow pit stop and a pit road penalty late in the race but, ultimately, you all overcame that for another top-two finish. How tough or easy is it to move on from those mistakes? 

“This is a new week and a new race. Mistakes happen. I think we all wish we could go through a season with every race being the perfect race, but that’s just the nature of the sport. There are a million things that can happen at any given minute and the team that can avoid mistakes and overcome obstacles the best is the one that will succeed. But that’s done, we’ve moved on. We had a week to regroup and we jumped headfirst into Texas. Nothing has changed. We know how to win, and you can’t let those bumps in the road change that.”


Kyle Busch Texas 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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