Busch’s final series start comes in Friday night’s N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he appears to be in a very good position to end his abbreviated Truck schedule this season undefeated.
In his 12 Trucks starts at Charlotte, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has seven wins (including his first career win in 2005), 10 top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He’s also won three poles and led 662 laps.
Already this year, Busch has won at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Martinsville and Texas.
“Charlotte is always one of my best tracks, favorite tracks. I enjoy running there with the trucks especially,” Busch said. “I feel like there’s a good opportunity to be able to go five-for-five. Hopefully, we can put the Cessna Tundra in Victory Lane one more time this year and stay undefeated.
“It’s always special to win a truck race at Charlotte because you are able to celebrate in Victory Lane with a lot of the people that work in the shop at KBM that don’t travel and this is their one chance each year to experience it in person. Then, then for the guys that do travel, they get to have their families be a part of it.”
In addition to collecting a series-record six owner’s championships, Kyle Busch Motorsports has produced two championship-winning drivers – Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
So far this season, Busch remains the only driver from KBM to earn a victory in the Truck series.
Busch said he hopes his races, all at the beginning of the season, will provide some valuable information from which his other drivers can utilize the remainder of the year.
“We’ve been building some notes, and we’ve been building some things that we can work on and get better and do a little bit differently, so when we get to say July, August – that’s when you’ll start seeing some stuff coming out,” he said. “That will be the brunt of the season kind of closing in for the playoffs and then the playoff push.
“I’d like to run more or maybe I’d like to run a little bit later, but I just don’t know that the races fall (well). Especially with me – like going to Iowa, I’ve never been to Iowa. Gateway, those places, I don’t need to go to those places, so it doesn’t make any sense for me to go to those places.
“We have to rely on Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and the other crew chiefs and drivers to make our stuff better when they go to those places.”