Event: Vankor 350, Race 8 of 23, 134 Laps – 40/40/87; 250.5 Miles
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile quad-oval)
Date/Broadcast: July 18, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
Owner-driver Kyle Busch returns to the Cessna Tundra for his fifth and final NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series start this season. The Truck Series All-Time Wins leader has added two victories to his resume this season, winning in his first start of the year at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and his most recent outing at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Busch’s victory total in NASCAR’s third division now stands at 58 and combined with his 56 NASCAR Cup Series victories and 97 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins he holds the record for most combined wins across NASCAR’s National Touring Series with 210. The 35-year-old driver has won 37.6% (58/154) of the Truck Series races he has entered and finished first or second in 55.2% (85/154).Despite competing in just four of the seven Gander Trucks races this season, Busch leads the series in stage wins (five), laps led (252) and fastest laps run (182) this season.
At Texas Motor Speedway, “Rowdy” has four wins in Gander Trucks competition, including his two most recent outings; last March and before that October of 2014. In addition to his four wins at the 1.5-mile oval, he has compiled 453 laps led, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.2 across 13 starts. The Las Vegas native has scored three Cup Series wins and nine Xfinity Series victories at Texas. Busch will be pulling triple duty this weekend in the Lone Star State, as he is also competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday afternoon in the No. 54 Supra and the Cup Series event on Sunday in the No. 18 Camry.
The No. 51 team currently ranks second in the 2020 Gander Trucks owner’s point standings, trailing the No. 16 team by 13 points with seven races completed. So far this season the team has three wins, one pole, four top-five and four top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.6. Busch captured the victory at Las Vegas, while Riley Herbst captured the pole in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The team leads the Gander Trucks Series with five Stage Wins this season, four with Busch and one with Herbst
Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman leads the No. 51 team 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. Stockman’s drivers have collected one pole (Austin Dillon, 2010), two top-five and two top-10 finishes across four starts at Texas.
The No. 51 Tundra swept the season at Texas last year, with Busch winning the March race and Greg Biffle collecting the victory in the June event.
Brandon Jones, who picked up his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series victory at Pocono Raceway, will return to the seat of the No. 51 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City on July 24 and 25. His Tundra will carry sponsorship from Barracuda Pumps for Friday night’s race and Delta Faucets for Saturday afternoon’s event, both being vendor partners of Menards.
Since Textron Aviation became a partner in 2017, Busch has scored 11 victories with the Cessna and Beechcraft brands adorning his No. 51 Tundra. Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. For more information, visit www.txtav.com.
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Kyle Busch, Driver Q&A
How has your Truck Series season gone this year?
“The first race of the season at Las Vegas and the last time out at Homestead is how we are supposed to run and look. We were able to show how we know our Tundras at KBM are supposed to perform. We threw a couple of races away in between those two races and lost a chance to go five-for-five in my races like we did in 2019. Competing in the Truck Series in my own equipment is something I really enjoy doing and as long as I’m allowed to race and my name is on the door, I’ll be running as many as I possibly can. Hopefully with me running a lot of races on the front side of the season the notes we’ve built will help our young guys out as the season progresses. I know it’s really tough for them right now with not having a lot of experience and just lining up and racing without getting any practice time.”
What is your outlook for Saturday’s race at Texas?
“I’m looking forward to Saturday night at Texas — it’s a place where KBM has had a lot of speed the last few seasons. We swept the races last year — I won in the spring and Biffle (Greg) came of retirement and hopped in the truck for a one-race deal and won in June, so I’m confident that we’ll be have a fast Cessna Tundra on Saturday. It’s a place that’s hard to pass at, similar to what they experienced at Kentucky last week, but if you can get out front and stay out front, like we know that we are capable of doing, you don’t have to worry about passing. We appreciate Textron Aviation’s support again this year, they’ve been onboard for my Truck Series starts the last four years and fortunately several of those have ended in victory lane. Hopefully we can get them another victory on Saturday night and close out my portion of the Truck Series season on a high note.”
Kyle Busch Career Highlights
Busch has a total of 154 NGROTS starts and is ranked first in NGROTS wins (58) and second in laps led (7,233)
In August of 2010, Busch made history when he won the NGROTS, 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 Series venue that he’s made a start at.
Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Cessna Tundra:
KBM-067: The No. 51 Cessna team will race KBM-067, a brand-new Tundra, for Saturday’s Vankor 350 at Texas.
KBM Notes of Interest
KBM drivers have collected seven wins, three poles, 862 laps led, 15 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.9 across 47 starts in the Lone Star State.
Owner-driver Kyle Busch’s victory in last March’s race was his third for his organization (2010, 2014 & 2019). Greg Biffle completed the 51 team’s season sweep of Texas last year with a win in June. Erik Jones earned a win in November 2015, William Byron took the checkered flag in June of 2016 and Christopher Bell went to Victory Lane in June of 2017.
KBM holds the NGROTS records for most career wins (78) 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).
With 33 victories, the No. 51 is the winningest number in KBM’s Truck Series stable.
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