Busch will look to make it four-for-four this season and three consecutive at the one-mile oval in Friday evening's 200-lap event.
Kyle Busch heads into this weekend's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway having visited victory lane after all three of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2014. Busch, who has won the last two Truck Series events he entered at the "Monster Mile," will look to make it four-for-four this season and three consecutive at the one-mile oval in Friday evening's 200-lap event.
After leading 25 laps en route to his first Truck Series victory at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in the season-opening event, Busch has dominated the last two events on the schedule. At Kansas Speedway in Kansas City earlier this month, the No. 51 ToyotaCare Racing team captured the pole and led 104 of 167 laps en route to their second victory of the season. In the series last stop at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, the Las Vegas native collected his second consecutive perfect driver rating, capturing the pole and leading 130 circuits of the 134-lap event.
Kyle Busch Motorsports' owner-driver leads NASCAR's third division in most of the Loop Data standings this season. Busch has recorded an Average Running Position of 1.770 across his three victories this season. He paces the series in Driver Rating (139.7), Laps Led (259), Percentage of Laps Led (64.6%), Miles Led (413.50), Fastest Early in Run (1.667 Rank), Fastest Late in Run (4.667 Rank).
As he pursues his fourth win of 2014 and his fifth consecutive victory in the Truck Series, dating back to last year's series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, "Rowdy" takes to one of his most successful tracks. He has collected three victories and been a threat to win in all eight of his Truck Series starts at the "Monster Mile." Busch led 50 laps, including the last 32, of last year's event en route to victory and 128 of 200 in his 2011 victory. He also won in his first Truck Series event at Dover in 2005. The other five starts, he has been a contender, but varying issues of bad luck - a fuel pump in 2010, tire problems in 2007 and 2009, a transmission in 2008 and a hood pin in 2006 - have kept him from victory lane.
The No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra will have a special logo adorning the hood this weekend promoting the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award that is presented by the NASCAR Foundation. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award honors the unwavering commitment that The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France has demonstrated with her philanthropic and community efforts. For the fourth-consecutive year, the award will be given to one dedicated NASCAR fan who has made a profound impact on children in his or her local community.
The rest of the Lucas Oil 200 field is hoping that Busch will be a humanitarian and let someone else win on Friday, but "Rowdy" will give all he has to capture his fourth win of 2014 and continue his 'Monster' Truck Series season.
Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award/ToyotaCare Tundra:
Why have you been so successful in the trucks this season?
"Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and the guys did a tremendous job over the off season in getting our Tundras ready. We've had some really fast trucks and we appreciate all the effort that everyone at Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) put into the new truck. In addition to being fast on the track, our over-the-wall guys have had great pit stops, Eric has made good adjustments during the race and everything just seems to be clicking for the No. 51 team right now."
Is the spring Dover weekend one that you approach as being able to win all three races?
"I've been very successful in all three series at Dover, so this spring race is one that I look at as a possible triple-win weekend. The concrete surface is very slick and some drivers don't like the concrete feel one bit, while other drivers like it. For me, I enjoy going to Dover and Bristol. They are fun places to race because they are challenging and other drivers don't necessarily get it. The race tracks are slick and having the right mindset going into those races can give you an advantage over the guys that aren't looking forward to racing there."
Eric Phillips, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award/ToyotaCare Tundra:
What has made the No. 51 team so strong this season?
"A lot of hard work over the off season from everyone involved. With the help of Toyota, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) the KBM Chassis Shop and our body hangers, we put a lot of effort and a lot of wind tunnel time into this new 2014 Tundra. It started about a year ago this time when we first started developing this truck. We've got a good group of guys that we've put together and everyone has done a tremendous job. We unload every week with a lot of speed and it makes my job easy just to make some small tweaks during practice."
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