The Camping World Truck Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee for a mid-week short-track showdown, and the hottest driver in the series – and throughout NASCAR – at the moment is Kyle Busch Motorsports owner/driver Kyle Busch. Busch has won the last two Truck Series races at Pocono and Michigan, both times flying the Dollar General colors on the No. 51 Toyota Tundra, but he’ll be flying some new colors and a different number on Wednesday, August 19 during the UNOH 200, as he’ll be in the No. 54 JEGS Tundra for the first time this season. He’ll also be working with crew chief Shannon Rursch instead of Jerry Baxter for the first time.
“It’s been a fun couple of races running with Jerry and the 51 team – getting a couple wins for Dollar General and everyone at KBM,” said Busch on the KBM website. “Now, I’ll move over for a race with Shannon and the 54 guys and see if we can keep it going. Bristol is a fun place to race the trucks at and we always bring fast Tundras there. This will be the only time this year that I’m running all three series in the same weekend, so it’s my only shot at bringing home another triple. It was really cool to sweep the weekend in 2010 and with the way we’ve been running in all three series the last month or so, I think we should have a good shot at doing it again this week. I’m looking forward to continuing the relationship we have with JEGS – they’ve been on my Late Model for some races the last couple of years and we were able to get them to victory lane in those cars, hopefully we can do it again this time in the Truck Series.”
In nine Truck Series starts at the 0.533-mile short track, Busch has four wins and six total top 10 finishes, with an average finish of 9.3.
Joining Busch and KBM in the Truck Series race on Wednesday night are Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. Jones, who will be in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra, will be making his first Truck Series start at Bristol, but has two previous Xfinity Series starts, finishing eighth last August and fourth in April of this year after starting from the pole.
Suarez, in the No. 51 ARRIS Tundra, will also be making his Truck Series debut at Bristol, but finished second in April in the Xfinity Series; he also has three K&N Pro Series East starts at Bristol.
“I’m excited to be back in the Tundra this weekend and to be racing at Bristol,” said Suarez. “We expect to have a good race this weekend in the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota. Kyle Busch Motorsports has had a really good season so far, especially the last couple of races and we want to make sure we keep that going.”
Qualifying for the UNOH 200 at Bristol begins Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 8:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.