STATESVILLE, NC - Kyle Busch, currently second in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) point standings, will return to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) competition in a one-race deal driving the Morgan Dollar Motorsports (MDM) No. 47...
STATESVILLE, NC - Kyle Busch, currently second in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) point standings, will return to NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) competition in a one-race deal driving the Morgan Dollar Motorsports (MDM) No. 47 Acxiom Silverado with approval from his full-time employer, Hendrick Motorsports. The August 6, 2004 Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) will be the 19 year-old Las Vegas native's first appearance in the series since 2001.
Busch has set the racing world on fire in 2004 with three wins in only 27 career starts in the NBS as well as scoring three runner-up finishes. In addition, he has set the record for the most pole positions, four to-date, won in a single season by a NBS Raybestos Rookie driver. As if that wasn't enough to impress virtually everyone, he has led the most total laps and won the most prize money thus far in the 2004 NBS season.
His first NCTS start came when he was only 16 years old at IRP where he started 23rd and brought home a very respectable ninth place finish. He went on to compete in five more NCTS races during the 2001 season scoring one more top-ten finish at his hometown track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"This should be a lot of fun," said Busch. "I want to thank Chevrolet and Morgan Dollar Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to get back into a truck. My very first race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was at IRP back in 2001, so it's pretty cool that I get to make my return to the series at the track where I made my first NASCAR start. What makes it even more special is that this time I get to do it in a Chevrolet."
Busch was set to continue his NCTS career in 2002 when NASCAR raised the minimum age required to participate in any of its sanctioned series events to 18 years old. With his NASCAR career temporarily on hold, the youngster gained valuable experience during the 2002 season competing full-time in the American Speed Association (ASA) and running selected Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) events.
His accomplishments caught the eye Rick Hendrick, one of the most successful NASCAR team owners in history. Hendrick hired Busch in February 2003 to compete in both ARCA and NBS. In his first-ever start for the famed racing organization, Busch validated Hendrick's decision to sign him by scoring a victory in the ARCA race in April 2003 at Nashville Superspeedway.
He continued to impress his team owner scoring three poles and one more win in the 2003 ARCA season. Busch started seven NBS events that year as well posting two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
In addition to the wins and poles, Busch has scored eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes thus far in 2004 in his Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo making him a serious contender for the NBS championship.
Veteran Randy Goss will be the crew chief for the MDM Acxiom Silverado team for the IRP race. The No. 47 Acxiom Silverado team has already demonstrated the ability to field a truck capable of winning a NCTS race. As the first of seven special races titled the Chevy Silverado Celebrity All Star program, Michael Waltrip drove the Acxiom Silverado with a special musical partner paint scheme at Charlotte in May 2004. Waltrip took his Sheryl Crow truck to the front and was poised to win the race when late race contact ended his chances for victory but still kept him in the top-five. Setzer, in another Morgan-Dollar truck went on to the winner's circle. J.J. Yeley takes on the driving duties in the Acxiom Silverado July 31 at Michigan International Speedway.
"It's going to be cool to work with Randy (Goss), too," Busch stated. "He's been a friend of the family for several years now, and I know how talented he is, so it's an honor for me to be working with him. I hope we can go out there and hang with those truck guys. It's a tough series, and those guys go wide open on every lap. I'm looking forward to having some fun, putting on a good show for the fans and if everything works out, maybe putting a Chevy Silverado in Victory Lane at IRP."
After wheeling the No. 47 in the NCTS event on Friday night, Busch will return to competition in his Lowe's-sponsored Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo at IRP Saturday night in the NBS Kroger 200.
The Power Stroke Diesel 200, part of IRP's annual Kroger Speedfest, is a one-day event for the NCTS. The race is slated to take the green flag at 8:00 PM EDT and will be broadcast live on SPEED TV, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.