Kyle Busch Motorsports’ 2016 driver lineup in the Camping World Truck Series looks to feature several successful up-and-comers in NASCAR competition, Motorsport.com has learned.
Christopher Bell, a talented dirt track racer who won the Truck race at iconic Eldora Speedway earlier this season, will run fulltime in 2016 for KBM, multiple sources confirmed to Motorsport.com.
Immediately after that victory, Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson expressed hope Bell would “draft” in the footsteps of another Toyota talent, Erik Jones, and join KBM.
“He’s extremely talented,” Wilson said of Bell, 20. “Already in his young career he’s shown the talent to compete for wins and championships on a weekly basis. We didn’t want to let Christopher get away without trying.”
Bell, the 2013 USAC National Midget champion, has accumulated 15 wins in midget and Late Model races this season in addition to his victory at Eldora.
William Byron is moving up
Joining Bell at KBM next season with be newly-crowned NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion William Byron, who will drive several races in KBM’s No. 51 Toyota, sources said.
Byron, who will turn 18 years old next month, is a student at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School. He won four races on his way to the K&N Pro Series East title this season driving for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks.
Byron has only been racing for three years, starting with Legends cars and winning a national title in that series in 2013. He has also driven Late Models for JR Motorsports.
Coughlin to return
Cody Coughlin, a 19-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, will also compete in the Truck series in 2016 with KBM, sources said. Coughlin has run a pair of Truck races this season – one for Venturini Motorsports and one for KBM. He finished 20th in both races.
He will share the ride with Daniel Suarez, who has run a partial schedule along with the full Xfinity Series schedule this season.