Ickler To Drive KBM's No. 18 Truck at Martinsville While Busch Takes Over at Nashville Next Week MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 25, 2010) -- Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) owner-driver Kyle Busch, who was originally scheduled to pilot his No. 18 KBM ...
Ickler To Drive KBM's No. 18 Truck at Martinsville While Busch Takes Over at Nashville Next Week
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 25, 2010) -- Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) owner-driver Kyle Busch, who was originally scheduled to pilot his No. 18 KBM Toyota Tundra in Saturday's Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, has turned the driving duties over to KBM driver Brian Ickler. In turn, Busch will take over for Ickler in the No. 18 Tundra next weekend (April 2) at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn.
Saturday's 250-lap race around the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway oval will be the first in a KBM Tundra for the 24-year-old Ickler, who drove 11 Truck Series races for Billy Ballew Motorsports in 2009 with a pole position, two top-five and three top-10 finishes to his credit.
"We have a sponsorship opportunity that will require me to be in the No. 18 Tundra at Nashville next week, and I wanted to fulfill my promise to Brian that he gets to drive in 10 races this season, so it was an easy decision to have him drive this weekend," said Busch, whose two-truck startup team also features 21-year-old Tayler Malsam in the No. 56 KBM Toyota Tundra for the full 25-race season. "It's going to be exciting for him and the team since it's going to be his debut race for Kyle Busch Motorsports. I think he'll do a great job."
Ickler, the San Diego native who started his career racing off-road events in the desert southwest and who caught Busch's eye as a standout performer in NASCAR's Camping World West and East Series, also drove a pair of NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2009 at Iowa Speedway in Newton and Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park in the No. 32 Braun Racing Toyota.
"I'm looking forward to getting my first start in a KBM truck at Martinsville this weekend," Ickler said. "It's a place that has a lot of history. Anytime I get the opportunity to race, I'm going to be ready to go. It's a great place to start building my relationship with Eric (Philips, crew chief) and all the guys on the 18 team."
In the season's first two Truck Series events, Busch posted finishes of 22nd at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and second at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while Malsam was 17th at Daytona and 13th at Atlanta.