MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 14, 2013) - As the old saying goes, if you keep knocking on the door eventually it will open. Kyle Busch has knocked on the door of victory at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in each of his six career NASCAR Camping World Truck starts, but has yet to make his way in. The Las Vegas native is ready to change that on Saturday, as he takes to the 2-mile D-shaped oval in his No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra for the Michigan National Guard 200.
Across his six Truck Series starts in the Irish Hills of Michigan, Busch has registered four top-five finishes and led at least one lap in five of the six. The 28-year-old is the career leader in laps led (149), Driver Rating (119.2) and Average Finish (5.83), but a win in NASCAR's third division has eluded him each time.
For Kyle Busch Motorsports, it was the same story last year when Kyle's brother Kurt got behind the wheel of the No. 18 Tundra for the Truck Series event in the Great Lakes State. After qualifying fourth, the elder Busch was able to make his way to the front for the first time on lap 17 and ended up leading a race-high 57 laps. He remained out front on lap 79 when he surrendered the lead to make his final pit stop of the day. The race ended up going caution free the rest of the distance and several drivers, including race-winner Nelson Piquet Jr., were able to stretch fuel to the finish and Kurt was left with a disappointing ninth-place finish.
Last week, "Rowdy" got revenge, winning the NASCAR Sprint Sup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International after coming so close the previous two years. This week "Rowdy's Revenge Tour" visits Michigan International Speedway, where after three runner-up finishes the talented driver is ready to open the door to a Truck Series victory at the 2-mile oval.
Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Toyota Care Tundra:
Do you enjoy racing at Michigan in the trucks?
"It's a fun place to race. It's a wide racetrack and you can run from top to bottom, which makes it exciting for both the drivers and the fans. With the repave, the trucks were really fast there last year and you saw the draft come into play a little bit. We had the fastest truck last year with my brother Kurt driving, it just ended up coming down to some pit strategy at the end and four or five guys stretched it and made it. Pretty much the same story with how my history in the trucks at Michigan has gone -- I've had good runs, but haven't been able to get a win. I think I've finished second two or three times and we've led a bunch of laps, but for whatever reason didn't get to Victory Lane. We're looking to change that this weekend and get another win with this ToyotaCare Tundra team."
Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS ToyotaCare Tundra:
Will the winner of Saturday's race be the team that finds the best balance between speed and handling? "Last year when I was the engineer on the 18 truck, we didn't have the fastest truck in any of the practice sessions, but when it came time for the race we had the best truck. While a lot of other teams worked on just finding raw speed and sacrificed some stability, we worked really hard to have a good handling truck for Kurt (Busch) once the race started. We led the most laps and were leading with 20 to go when it was time for the last pit stop. Unfortunately, a few trucks were able to stretch it on fuel and we didn't get the win."
Kyle Busch's No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra:
KBM-015: The No. 51 ToyotaCare Racing team will unload KBM-015, the newest Tundra in the team's stable, for Saturday's Michigan National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The last time the Toyota saw action was at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where Busch led 42 laps, but had to settle for a third-place finish after the handling went away in the closing laps. Busch drove the truck to victory earlier this season at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
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