KYLE BUSCH JOINS KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY'S BUILT FORD TOUGH 225 FIELD Versatile NASCAR star can become the track's first three-series race winner Sept. 3 SPARTA, Ky. -- Versatile NASCAR driver Kyle Busch will attempt to become the first three-time ...
KYLE BUSCH JOINS KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY'S BUILT FORD TOUGH 225 FIELD
Versatile NASCAR star can become the track's first three-series race winner Sept. 3
SPARTA, Ky. -- Versatile NASCAR driver Kyle Busch will attempt to become the first three-time series race winner in Kentucky Speedway history when he competes in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) "Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" on Friday, Sept. 3.
The 25-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) championship hopeful will make his second Kentucky Speedway NCWTS start and first at the facility in an entry from his Kyle Busch Motorsports stable. He started second and led 43 of 150 race laps before finishing sixth in his NCWTS Kentucky debut with Billy Ballew Motorsports on July 19, 2008.
A first-year team owner, Busch has shared seat time in his No. 18 truck with rising star Brian Ickler, fellow Sprint Cup Series wheelman Kasey Kahne and NCWTS veteran Johnny Benson this season. The quartet has accounted for three victories along with a total of nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes through 16 starts. The combined effort, in addition to points garnered by driver Tayler Malsalm through seven races in a second KBM truck this season, has Busch ranked second in the NCWTS owner point standings and 68 points behind leader Steve Germain with nine races remaining on the schedule.
Busch will make his seventh all-time Kentucky Speedway start with the opportunity to become the first driver in 11 years to score race wins in three different series at the track. Busch powered his way to a 205-mile ARCA Racing Series stock car victory on May 3, 2003 and became the only driver to earn back-to-back Kentucky victories in different series on June 19, 2004 by capturing a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win. He has led 42 percent or 445 of the 1,055 career laps he's completed on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval. Currently, Carl Edwards is the only driver owning Kentucky race victories in separate series. He earned a 300-mile NNS victory on June 18, 2005 and a 225-mile NCWTS win on July 12, 2003.
Busch, a 76-time NASCAR race winner (NSCS -18, NNS -- 39 and NCWTS - 19), will balance his upcoming Bluegrass State visit with Sept. 4 NNS and Sept. 5 NSCS driving commitments at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"The schedule kind of allows it since you don't have anything on track in Atlanta until Saturday and Sunday. Thursday and Friday I was open and decided that I might as well go run (the truck in Kentucky) myself. Plus, I sold sponsorship for that race. We'll announce that soon, get out there and hopefully have a good, solid run trying to win that thing," Busch said.
The Las Vegas, Nev., competitor raced in eight NCWTS events this season. He visited Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway for the third consecutive season on Aug. 18 after starting from the rear of the field following a valve cover change on his truck's engine. He snared additional victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21 and Nashville Superspeedway on April 2. He earned the pole position for each of those races as well as at Dover International Speedway on May 14. He additionally collected second-place finishes at Indianapolis' O'Reilly Raceway Park July 23 and Atlanta Motor Speedway March 6 along with a third-place finish at Michigan International Speedway June 12. He has earned a total of 41 top-five and 57 top-10 NCWTS finishes with three teams dating to 2001.
The "Built Ford Tough 225" will be part of the speedway's "Celebrate Speed" weekend that also will place the racing spotlight on the IZOD IndyCar Series "Kentucky Indy 300," Firestone Indy Lights "Drive Smart. Buckle-Up Kentucky 100" and country music super group Diamond Rio in concert Sept. 4.
Single-race tickets for Kentucky Speedway's Labor Day event weekend can be reserved through the tickets pages of www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-7223 (RACE) or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to the Montgomery Inn Restaurant or the Fan Center located off of Interstate 71, Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N in Sparta, Ky. Tickets additionally are available through tickets.com outlets.