NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Date/Broadcast: May 18, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 11 starts at the 1.5-mile track, he has seven wins, nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He has led 662 laps and has an average finish of 2.7.
- Earlier this season at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, he claimed his 50th career NCWTS win and 20th career NCWTS pole. He is one win away from tying the record for most NCWTS wins currently held by Ron Hornaday Jr.
- Busch will make his fourth NCWTS start of the 2018 season at Charlotte in the No. 51 Cessna Tundra. He won the pole, led 67 laps and appeared to be in line for a win driving for the No. 4 team at Atlanta, until a miscue on the final pit stop dashed his hopes for a victory. He won from the pole at Las Vegas after leading 55 laps and he finished second at Kansas last week. Busch will also be behind the wheel of the No. 51 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. All of Busch’s races will be sponsored by Textron Aviation with the Cessna and Beechcraft brands.
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Kyle Busch, Driver Q&A
What are your thoughts on tying and/or breaking the NCWTS win record?
“If it happens, it happens. Everybody asks me about it each week so I am well aware of it. We gave up a chance to win at Atlanta (Motor Speedway) and we did win at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) and finished second last week at Kansas (Speedway). We have a pretty good run going of good finishes and have done a good job. All of Kyle Busch Motorsports seems to be doing a good job. I’m really pumped and excited for what Rudy (Fugle, No. 18 crew chief) has been able to lead this company to and what the other crew chiefs are doing in his footsteps as well. I still have Charlotte (Motor Speedway) and Pocono (Raceway) in the No. 51 this season to see if I can tie or break the win record. I am looking forward to my remaining races.”
Kyle Busch Career Highlights
- Currently has 50 wins, 20 poles, 6,363 laps led, 91 top-five and 112 top-10 finishes across 143 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts
- Has won 34.9% (50/143) of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 52.4% (75/143)
- His 187 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins rank second all-time (Richard Petty 200)
Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Cessna Tundra:
KBM-050: The No. 51 Cessna team will race KBM-050, for Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch won with this Tundra in its debut at Las Vegas in March.
KBM Notes of Interest
- After Brandon Jones’ ninth-place finish at Kansas, the No. 51 team has one win and one pole, both with Kyle Busch, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. The team is ranked fourth in the owner’s championship standings.
- KBM holds the NCWTS records for most career wins (67) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record six Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers; Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
- KBM drivers have collected five wins, three poles, 524 laps led, nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 9.8 across 20 starts at CMS
- Owner-driver Kyle Busch has collected all five of his team’s wins at the 1.5-mile track (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017)
- In the 2014 event at the North Carolina track, Busch started on the pole and led 130 of the 134 laps