The Camping World Truck Series heads north of the border to Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada this weekend for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, August 30. One of the three Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers this weekend – Matt Tifft – will be making his first start on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course, while his teammates Erik Jones and Gray Gaulding both have prior starts at CTMP.
Tifft, in the No. 51 Rally for Kids with Cancer Toyota Tundra, grew up road racing in go-karts and also has eight total road course starts in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East and West.
“Growing up racing go karts, the road courses were always my favorite tracks to race at and it’s been fun to be able to continue racing them in ARCA and K&N as I’ve moved up the ladder,” said Tifft on the KBM website. “I feel like having a good bit of road-racing experience will definitely help as I make my first road-course start in the Truck Series.”
“We’ve got SickKids, which is a hospital for sick children affiliated with the University of Toronto, and the Rally for Kids With Cancer, which is a unique car rally held each year in Toronto that has raised over $14 million for children’s cancer research and care at SickKids, on our Tundra this weekend so we’re looking forward to having a solid run and promoting a great cause.”
Gaulding, making his first start for KBM in the No. 54 Krispy Kreme Tundra, started second and finished fourth last year at CTMP. Gaulding grew up racing motorcycles on road courses, and hopes to improve on last year’s finish and give KBM its first win at the track.
“I have definitely studied last year’s race to see where I can improve my line in certain places and see where the leaders were running throughout the race,” said Gaulding. “(Last year) I learned a lot about how the track changes throughout the race as more rubber gets put down on the track compared to practice. I also learned restarts are critical to keep, or gain track position. Every position counts since it’s not always easy to get them back if you lose them.”
Jones, in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra, made his first-ever road course start last year at CTMP, qualifying and finishing third. Jones is currently third in points, seven back of Tyler Reddick in first and one behind Matt Crafton for second.
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a cool track – it’s fun to race on it,” said Jones. “I enjoyed it last year when I got to go do it, so we’ll see what it’s all about this year. We were fast last year, just didn’t do a good job managing tires on my part. Hopefully we can do a better job keeping the tires on it and staying up front and giving ourselves a shot at the win. Obviously there are going to be road-course guys like Alex Tagliani there that will be pretty good, but I know we will have a fast Toyota Tundra as well. We have the same road-course truck we raced last year and it’ll be fun.”
Qualifying for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park begins Saturday at 5:45 p.m. ET, with the race going green Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.