It’s known as the “Monster Mile,” and for two of Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Camping World Truck Series drivers, it will be a monster of a weekend, as both Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones will make their Dover International Speedway debuts by doing double duty – in addition to Friday’s Truck Series race, both drivers will race for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday in the Xfinity Series.
Suarez, in the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra on Friday, has four straight top 10 finishes in the Truck Series this season. This is his second double duty stint of the season, the first coming at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he scored a fourth-place finish in the Truck Series race and finished in the top 15 in the Xfinity Series.
“I think it’s going to be a very positive weekend overall,” said Suarez on the KBM website. “I’m excited to be back behind the wheel of the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra on Friday and to be able to run at Dover in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kyle (Busch) set the bar high with three wins here, including last year, but I’m excited for the race. I always feel a bit more confident in tracks where I’ve competed at before in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. I know it’s a very fast track, interesting and a lot of fun. It will also be fun to run two races in the same weekend again. I love being behind the wheel so anytime I can do more of that is great for me.”
For Jones, the weekend is extra-special, as his 19th birthday is Saturday; Jones holds the NASCAR national series record for wins before turning 19 (five) and has one more chance to add to that total in Friday’s Truck Series race. Jones, in the No. 4 Special Olympics World Games Tundra, has shown in the past he has little trouble adapting to new tracks, having collected three of his five wins in his first visit to a track.
“When I was coming up through the Late Model ranks I never really raced at just one track, so getting used to different places is sort of an old habit,” said Jones of his adaptability. “The other thing is that we have such strong Tundras at KBM, so that makes it a lot easier on me. We unload every weekend fairly close to where we need to be, which allows me to just adapt to the track and not have to worry about trying to get the speed out of my truck.”
Justin Boston, in the No. 54 ROK Mobile Tundra, competed in the Xfinity Series race last fall for JGR, starting 11th and finishing 12th in his first series start. Boston, a Baltimore, Maryland native who considers Dover his “home track,” also placed second in the K&N Pro Series East race at the 1-mile track in 2013.
“Dover is definitely a special place for me,” said Boston. “It’s the racetrack that sparked my career in stock car racing, and growing up near there I consider Dover my home track. I have been there a few times before and I think that will definitely help, especially with running an XFINITY race there in 2014. I feel very confident that we will be contending for the win in the ROK Mobile Tundra.”
Qualifying for Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway begins Friday at 12:45 p.m. ET, with the race going green at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.