The “Rowdy One” gets back behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra this weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. NASCAR’s hottest driver, Kyle Busch, will make his first Camping World Truck Series start of the 2015 season in the Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday, teaming up with Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Erik Jones and Matt Tifft at the 2.5-mile track known as the “Tricky Triangle.”
Team owner/driver Busch, fresh off a weekend sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will get behind the wheel of the No. 51 Dollar General Toyota Tundra Saturday at Pocono, a track where KBM has yet to pick up a win in the Truck Series; Busch was runner-up at Pocono in 2011.
“It was always slated on my schedule to run that race at Pocono so it’s not anything that just kind of popped up,” said Busch of his first start of the season. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the series…Pocono is a relatively easy place to get around in a truck. There’s a lot of throttle-on time so not a lot of brake that needs to be used. Just looking forward to getting back to the series and seeing if I can’t score a victory and have another year where I’ve won across all three series. We appreciate Dollar General’s continued support of our Truck Series program and hopefully we can reward them with a trip to victory lane this weekend.”
Jones, in the No. 4 KBM Tundra, has never raced against his boss in the Truck Series – he’s shared the No. 51 ride with Busch the last two seasons. Now full-time in the series, Jones, who finished sixth in last year’s Truck race at Pocono, is looking forward to racing against Busch instead of just for him.
“I’m excited – this will be our first time racing against each other in the Truck Series,” said Jones. “We’ve been able to race against each other in the Xfinity Series a couple of times. It’s always exciting to get to race against Kyle, whether it’s Late Models, Xfinity or now in the trucks. I’m sure he’ll be fast this weekend as he always is in the Truck Series. He came to the test with us and shook our Tundra down and made a few laps. I think he was just trying to learn a few secrets for himself and his team. It will be cool to get to race against him and see what he’s got.”
Tifft, in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Tundra, will be busy on Saturday, racing in both the Truck Series race and the ARCA Racing Series for veteran racer Ken Schrader. Tifft finished 10th in the ARCA race in June at Pocono.
“I think my ARCA experience will help for sure, especially just knowing the line and being familiar with the track,” said Tifft. “I’ve run three ARCA races there already, plus I will be racing Ken Schrader’s ARCA car this weekend as well. Just having the extra track time there is huge since it’s such a challenging track.”
Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 150 is Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.