NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Overview
Event: Vet Tix Camping World 200 (Race 3 of 23), 130 Laps – 30/30/70; 200.2 Miles
Location: Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile quad-oval)
Date/Broadcast: March 14, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and Sirius/XM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Owner-driver Kyle Busch will look to continue his winning ways in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 51 Big Machine Records Tundra. The reigning Cup Series champion has won the last seven times he’s climbed behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra in the Gander Trucks, including his final race in 2018 at Pocono Raceway, all five series starts in 2019 and his first foray into the series in 2020, several weeks ago at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.
- Fellow racer Kevin Harvick has issued a challenge to other Cup Series drivers, offering a $50,000 bounty for any full-time Cup Series driver who can beat Busch in a Truck Series race this year, and Gander RV & Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis also agreed to match the bounty making it a total of $100,000 on the line. If no Cup Series driver manages to beat Busch this season, the bounty will be donated to The Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund.
- Busch ranks first all-time among Truck Series drivers in wins (57) and average finish (6.8) and second in laps led (7,089). “Rowdy” has won a remarkable 37.7% (57/151) of the Gander Trucks races he has entered and finished first or second in 54.9% (83/151).
- At Atlanta Motor Speedway, Busch has 11 Truck Series starts, with five total wins, four of which came racing for Billy Ballew, while he earned the most recent last year in this event as an owner-driver for KBM. He has eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 3.4 and an average finish of 6.1. He also has two Xfinity Series wins and two Cup Series wins at the Georgia facility.
- The other three races on Busch’s schedule this season are March 20 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, March 27 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and May 30 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
- The No. 51 team leads the owner point standings by 19 points over the No. 16 team after two events. Kyle Busch swept all three stages en route to victory at Las Vegas and Riley Herbst captured the pole and the first stage at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. In 2019, the No. 51 team claimed six wins, three poles, 15 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes with seven different drivers en route to the 2019 Gander Trucks owner championship. Busch was behind the wheel for five of those wins, going five-for-five in his Truck Series starts in 2019.
- The No. 51 team is led by Danny Stockman in 2020. Stockman called the shots for Austin Dillon’s championship efforts in both the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (2011) and the NASCAR Xfinity Series (2013) and has experience as a crew chief in all three national series. In Dillon’s Gander Trucks championship season, the pair totaled two wins, five poles, 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The majority of Stockman’s experience atop the pit box has come in the Xfinity Series, where his drivers have recorded seven wins, 19 poles, 80 top-five and 148 top-10 finishes across 209 starts from 2012 to 2018. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stockman’s drivers have two Truck Series starts, two top-10 finishes and an average finishing position of 8.0.
- Big Machine Records will adorn the hood of the No. 51 Tundra this week.
Kyle Busch, Driver Q&A
What are your thoughts on the bounty now that Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson have secured rides?
“It’s all good. It’s going to be interesting, exciting, whatever you want to term it. I guess Cup drivers in Truck Series do sell tickets so take that for what it’s worth. I think it’s a unique opportunity for more attention on the series, which is good. Maybe if more drivers had more teams then had rides then there would be something else there than just myself. I don’t remember who I told, but once (Kevin) Harvick kind of put the idea out there, I thought the guy that really has a shot is (Kyle) Larson at Homestead. Bring it on.”
Will the bounty be good for the Truck Series?
“I think it’s going to be good for the series. It’s brought a whole new chatter to it, whether that’s excitement or just chatter, I’m not sure which. I think we’ll see when we get to Atlanta what the grandstands look like and how the race goes.”
Kyle Busch Career Highlights
- Busch has a total of 151 NGROTS starts and is ranked first in NGROTS wins (57), second in laps led (7,089) and fourth in poles (22). Busch has a total of 99 top-five and 120 top-10 finishes with an average start of 7.1 and an average finish of 6.8.
- The 34-year-old driver has now won 37.7% (57/151) of the NGROTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 54.9% (83/151).
- Busch stands alone as the leader in all-time career wins in NASCAR’s national touring series with 209 total victories. He has earned 56 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) wins, 96 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) wins, and 57 NGROTS wins.
- In August of 2010, Busch made history when he won the NGOTS, NXS and NCS races at Bristol Motor Speedway, becoming the only driver to sweep all three of NASCAR’s top three series at one track on the same weekend. He then repeated the feat in August of 2017.
Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Big Machine Records Tundra:
KBM-052: The No. 51 Big Machine Records team will race KBM-052 for Saturday’s Vet Tix Camping World 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This chassis was raced most recently by Raphael Lessard at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2019. Busch earned this Tundra’s best result, a runner up finish at Kansas Speedway in 2018.
KBM Notes of Interest
- Across 20 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, KBM drivers have earned two wins (Christopher Bell 2017, Kyle Busch 2019), two poles (Christopher Bell 2017 and Kyle Busch 2018), seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 5.8 and an average finish of 12.6.
- KBM holds the NGROTS records for most career wins (75) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).