KyBu’s Charlotte Truck Preview

Kyle Busch

Event: N.C. Education Lottery 200, Race 3 of 23, 134 Laps – 30/30/74; 201 Miles
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile quad-oval)
Date/Broadcast: May 26, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90

What You Need to Know:

Owner-driver Kyle Busch will look to continue his winning ways in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 51 Cessna Tundra. The reigning Cup Series champion has won the last seven times he’s climbed behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra in the Gander Trucks, including his final race in 2018 at Pocono Raceway, all five series starts in 2019 and his first foray into the series in 2020, in February at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

Busch ranks first all-time among Truck Series drivers in wins (57) and average finish (6.8) and second in laps led (7,089). “Rowdy” has won a remarkable 37.7% (57/151) of the Gander Trucks races he has entered and finished first or second in 54.9% (83/151).

The Las Vegas native is the defending winner of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 12 starts at the 1.5-mile track in NASCAR’s third division, he has eight wins, 11 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He has led 764 laps and has an average finish of 2.5. Over his last nine Truck Series starts at the North Carolina track, “Rowdy” has won six times and finished in the runner-up position in the other three events. In addition to his eight Truck Series wins, the Las Vegas native has eight Xfinity Series wins and one Cup Series victory in the Queen City.

The talented wheelman is in the midst of competing in seven events in 11 days across NASCAR’s top three divisions. After finishing 26th in the NASCAR Cup Series event at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway after suffering a loose wheel late in the race, he scored a runner-up finish at Darlington in the Cup Series event on May 20 and another runner-up finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the South Carolina track on May 21. Next up for Busch is the Coca-Cola 600 in the Cup Series on Sunday May 24.

Busch will also pilot the No. 51 in the series’ next two events after Charlotte; at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. June 6 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, June 13. After that he will have one yet to be determined race to complete his five-race schedule in 2020.

The No. 51 team leads the owner point standings by 19 points over the No. 16 team after two events. Kyle Busch swept all three stages en route to victory at Las Vegas and Riley Herbst captured the pole and the first stage at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In 2019, the No. 51 team claimed six wins, three poles, 15 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes with seven different drivers en route to the 2019 Gander Trucks owner championship. Busch was behind the wheel for five of those wins, going five-for-five in his Truck Series starts in 2019.

The No. 51 team is led by Danny Stockman in 2020. Stockman called the shots for Austin Dillon’s championship efforts in both the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (2011) and the NASCAR Xfinity Series (2013) and has experience as a crew chief in all three national series. In Dillon’s Gander Trucks championship season, the pair totaled two wins, five poles, 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The majority of Stockman’s experience atop the pit box has come in the Xfinity Series, where his drivers have recorded seven wins, 19 poles, 80 top-five and 148 top-10 finishes across 209 starts from 2012 to 2018. At Charlotte, Stockman’s drivers have two Truck Series starts with a best result of seventh coming with Dillon in the 2011 event.

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Big Machine Distillery Hand Sanitizer will serve as an associate sponsor on Tuesday, adorning the quarter panels of Busch’s Tundra. In late March, the distillery began producing hand sanitizer using the World Health Organization’s formula to ensure compliance with industry safety and efficacy standards, the sanitizer is 80% alcohol and manufactured in various sizes (50 ml, 100 ml, 375 ml and 55-gallon drums). The hand sanitizer is being used in KBM’s 77,000-square-foot facility and is stocked on the team’s hauler, tool box and pit boxes to help adhere to NASCAR’s protocols for a safe return to racing. The product can be purchased online at https://www.bigmachinevodka.com/shop

Busch’s No. 51 Tundra will feature a B-post decal paying remembrance to Doug Conner, a longtime Kyle Busch Fan Club member, Bundle of Joy supporter and one of the leaders of Rowdy Nation, who passed away in April.

Kyle Busch, Driver Q&A

Why did you change up your original Truck Series schedule and enter the race at Charlotte?

“Charlotte has always been a race that I like to run on my Truck Series schedule — it’s always cool to have a lot of the employees and their family out at the track and when you are able to win and have those people there it makes it extra special. With the Truck Series Triple Truck Challenge originally including this race I was ineligible, so I had to pick another race this year. Now that everything has gotten flipped upside down with the pandemic, they are rearranging the Triple Truck Challenge and now I’m able to race at Charlotte. Obviously, it is going to be different not having all the extras support from KBM employees and their families out at the track, but hopefully I can reward everyone at KBM that has done everything that they can the last couple of months to be ready for this race by putting the Cessna Tundra in victory lane on Tuesday. On the other side of things, we don’t really know what’s going to happen with the Cup schedule beyond the races through mid-June, so I figured it would be a good idea to get as many of my truck and Xfinity Series races out of the way now, so that if start running doubleheader weekends and stuff like that on the Cup side I can put all of my focus into my day job as the season goes on. So, I’ll race Charlotte in the trucks, then the next two — at Atlanta and Homestead that I was originally scheduled to do — and then I’ll have one more race left before I reach the good old maximum of five in trucks. I won’t know what that race will be until we see how the schedule plays out.”

Kyle Busch Career Highlights

Busch has a total of 151 NGROTS starts and is ranked first in NGROTS wins (57), second in laps led (7,089) and fourth in poles (22). Busch has a total of 99 top-five and 120 top-10 finishes with an average start of 7.1 and an average finish of 6.8.

The 34-year-old driver has now won 37.7% (57/151) of the NGROTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 54.9% (83/151).

Busch stands alone as the leader in all-time career wins in NASCAR’s national touring series with 209 total victories. He has earned 56 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) wins, 96 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) wins, and 57 NGROTS wins.

In August of 2010, Busch made history when he won the NGOTS, NXS and NCS 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. He then repeated the feat in August of 2017.

Busch has won at least once at every active NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors venue that he’s made a start at.

Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Cessna Tundra:

KBM-57: The No. 51 Cessna team will race KBM-057 for Tuesday’s race at Charlotte. The Tundra raced for times for the No. 4 team in 2019, finishing seventh three times. Todd Gilliland captured the pole and led 31 laps with the chassis in the June Texas race before being relegated to a 27th-place finish after a crash.

KBM Notes of Interest

Across 27 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, KBM drivers have earned six wins, three poles, six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 8.6 and an average finish of 8.8.
Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected all six of his organization’s wins (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018).

KBM holds the NGROTS records for most career wins (76) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).

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