Busch Cuts Leffler From Truck Team

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Kyle Busch Motorsports has released Jason Leffler from his duties as driver of the KBM No. 18 Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Leffler has had a disappointing season in the No. 18 Toyota, securing only one top five and six top 10s in nine starts this year.

Kurt Busch will drive the No. 18 this weekend at Michigan Int’l Speedway, his first series start since 2001. Brian Scott will drive the KBM Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway and three other races, while Drew Herring will make his series debut at Iowa Speedway in September.

The remainder of the driver schedule in the No. 18 has yet to be announced.

“How things have played out this season are not Jason’s fault — we’ve had some bad luck and a few other misfortunate happenings — but when it comes down to it, the No. 18 team has not performed to the standards we’ve become accustomed to and we owe it to our manufacturer and our sponsors to produce better results,” Kyle Busch said. “Beginning to make these changes now, instead of waiting until the end of the season, it will allow us to evaluate where our program stands as we begin working towards becoming a championship-contending team once again in 2013. Jason represented KBM and all of our sponsors very well and we wish him the best of luck.”