KYLE BUSCH & TAYLER MALSAM Fear Not the Concrete MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 12, 2010) -- Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver-owner Kyle Busch and his teammate Tayler Malsam have a combined 69 starts on concrete tracks in NASCAR's top three divisions.
KYLE BUSCH & TAYLER MALSAM
Fear Not the Concrete
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 12, 2010) -- Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver-owner Kyle Busch and his teammate Tayler Malsam have a combined 69 starts on concrete tracks in NASCAR's top three divisions. However, looking deeper into the numbers, one will see that Busch has 64 of those starts to Malsam's five, all of which have been in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
So it's no surprise that the 21-year-old Malsam, driver of the No. 56 KBM Toyota Tundra, will be absorbing as much knowledge and advice from his mentor and boss as the Truck Series heads to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for Friday's Dover 200 at the 1-mile concrete oval.
Of the three concrete tracks in NASCAR top three divisions -- Dover, Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway -- Busch has not only won at all of them, but scored victories in all divisions raced at each track. He's won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Truck Series at Dover and Bristol, and he's won in the Nationwide Series and Truck Series, the only two divisions that compete at the 1.33-mile Nashville oval.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 KBM Toyota Tundra, scored the second of his 17 career Truck Series victories in June 2005 at Dover and followed that up with wins in the Sprint Cup Series in June 2008, and then claimed the top spot in September of that year in the Nationwide Series race at the "Monster Mile."
Kyle Busch Motorsports enters Dover with plenty of momentum as Brian Ickler, who pilots the No. 18 Toyota during the weekends when the Trucks do not compete in companion events with the Sprint Cup Series, scored a solid fourth-place finish two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
The No. 18 Toyota is competing for the Truck Series owner's title, and it is second in points, just nine points behind the No. 2 truck of Kevin Harvick, Inc. Malsam is competing in all 25 races and is 12th in points, 194 markers behind series leader Timothy Peters.
Kyle Busch, Driver, No. 18 Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra for Kyle BuschMotorsports:
You've had a lot of success on concrete racetracks. Why is that?
"I've always seemed to run well at the concrete tracks. I'm not sure what the secret is, but we've been able to have success at all three concrete tracks that NASCAR runs on. When there isn't a whole lot of rubber on the track, it can get slick. But once the rubber gets onto the track in practice, it gets a lot better."
You've managed to win in all of NASCAR's top-three divisions at Dover, meaning you have three trophies from Dover. Where are they located?
"Sitting in my trophy room. I've got all three trophies, one from each race. I won the Truck one before it became the Monster trophy. And I do have a small Monster (Nationwide) and a big Monster (Sprint Cup). Whether you want to call it big-brother-little-brother, or father-and-son, they're sitting next to each other. That trophy is a pretty cool trophy. It's really neat to win that thing. The hand (on the Sprint Cup trophy) can hold a real die-cast, and you know that's pretty cool. I got the die-cast with the car that I won there with in it."
Having five races under your belt this season as a Truck Series owner, how do you see your season going, so far?
"I've been happy with the way our team has come together. Rick Ren (director of competition) has done a really good job, as have the crew chiefs, Dan Stillman and Eric Phillips. We've built some really good trucks and everyone's working very hard. Obviously, getting that first win at Nashville was huge and Brian ran really well at Martinsville and Kansas. Tayler's had good runs, but luck hasn't been on his side and he's been caught up in some things. Toyota has been a huge asset for us. We'd like to get some sponsorship. We've had a lot of phone calls, a lot of people are interested. Just, unfortunately, we haven't had things go down the way we would have liked to get some sponsorship on these trucks to make sure everything is funded for the whole season. We're going to run the whole season, regardless."
Tayler Malsam, Driver, No. 56 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
Dover can be an intimidating place. How do you approach it?
"I don't remember it much from last year, but I do remember that it was definitely a difficult track to figure out. What I do remember is that, once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun. It's a pretty good driver's track. You've got to actually go out there and really man-handle the truck. I'm looking forward to racing at Dover. I know we're going to bring a good truck there, so I think we should be pretty good."
A lot of drivers say it's almost like a roller-coaster, and when you exit turns two and four, you kind of drop down into the straightaways. Is that an accurate description?
"Yeah, definitely. When you get it, you get all light and, coming off, you get all light, so you have to figure out what the best way is to get in and get off because that's how you win the race there."