NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Overview
Event: Strat 200 (Race 3 of 23), 134 Laps – 30/30/74; 201 Miles
Location: Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Date/Broadcast: March 1, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and Sirius/XM NASCAR 90
What You Need to Know
- Last weekend, Kyle Busch made history when he surpassed Ron Hornaday Jr. for most wins in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with 52, despite never having attempted a full-time Truck Series schedule. After qualifying was rained out, Busch started the race in seventh and led 92 laps of the 130-lap race, to pick up his fifth victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
- At Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, Busch will enter all three NASCAR national series events. He has one win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2009 and one win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2016 at Las Vegas. “Rowdy” has accomplished a weekend sweep twice in his career, at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August of 2010 and again at Bristol in August of 2017.
- Las Vegas native, Busch, has only two career NGOTS starts at LVMS, the first in 2001, when he finished ninth, driving for NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Jack Roush, and the second in this race last year, where he sat on the pole and led 55 laps en route to the victory for KBM.
- Owner-driver Busch is scheduled to make four more NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts in the No. 51 for KBM in 2019 including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
- Veteran crew chief Rudy Fugle will lead the 51 team this season. Fugle has guided his team to four Owner’s Championships (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) as a crew chief at KBM, including combined Owner’s/Driver’s Championships with Erik Jones in 2015 and Christopher Bell in 2017. The New York native’s drivers have combined for 23 wins, 21 poles, 57 top-five and 91 top-10 finishes across his 115 races calling the shots for the organization. Working with Fugle in 2013, Busch collected five wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes across 11 Truck Series starts.
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Kyle Busch, Driver Q&A
When you reflect on becoming the winningest driver in Truck Series history, is it significant to you to have had a chance to race against some of the other guys that were considered the greats in this series?
“No question. As much as (Ron) Hornaday and I probably didn’t like each other and couldn’t stand each other back in the day, it was a thrill to race against him and to compete against him and to beat him, to lose to him. The other names that are out there – Jack Sprague for instance. Mike Skinner, Todd Bodine, all the greats that I ran against. I mean I ran some races against (Kyle) Larson, like I said, (Tony) Stewart like I said. (Matt) Crafton has been here forever. He’s won a ton of races. Johnny Sauter right now. The list goes on of all the guys that I’ve been able to race against in the Truck Series and it’s been fun to do. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s been especially fun too because of the way that I did it with (Billy) Ballew who – we had nothing. There were times where we had four trucks and that’s all we had and then we had a two-truck team and we ran Billy broke too many times over again, but he kept digging and he kept pulling through and figuring out how to get us to the next race and it was amazing the success that we had with that group at that shop and then to form my own team and to be a part of that with (Rick) Ren and Eric Phillips and now Rudy (Fugle) has kind of taken the lead role on that and having Marcus (Richmond) and (Mike) Hillman (Jr.). I competed against Hillman. I hated Hillman years ago and now I have him at my place and understand why he was as good as he was back then. It’s been a fun time to reminisce and think about all the great people that I’ve raced against and competed against and have lost to and beat.”
Kyle Busch Career Highlights
- Busch has a total of 146 NGOTS starts and is ranked first in NGOTS wins (52), second in laps led (6,498) and fourth in poles (21). Busch has a total of 94 top-five and 115 top-10 finishes with an average start of 7.3 and an average finish of 7.0.
- The 33-year-old driver has now won 35.62% (52/146) of the NGOTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 53.4% (78/146).
- Busch, has 195 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins which ranks second all-time (Richard Petty 200).
- In August of 2010, Busch made history when he won the NGOTS, NASCAR XFINITY Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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 No. 51 Cessna Tundra:
KBM-047: The No. 51 Cessna team will race KBM-047 for Friday’s Strat 200. This chassis has been raced seven times with an average start of 2.9 and an average finish of 8.1. In its last outing, Noah Gragson started on the pole at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and finished fourth.
KBM Notes of Interest
- KBM drivers have collected two wins (Erik Jones 2014, Kyle Busch 2018, two poles (Kyle Busch 2018, Noah Gragson 2018), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They have earned a collective average start of 8.8 and average finish of 13.4 and have led 308 laps.
- The No. 51 is the winningest number in the KBM stable with 25 trips to victory lane in Truck Series action
- KBM holds the NGOTS records for most career wins (69) 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).