MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Kyle Busch will return to the seat of his Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Dollar General Tundra for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday.
Friday night’s 130-lap race – which is being sponsored by the potato chip brand endorsed by Jeff Foxworthy, a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour – marks a fitting return for KBM’s owner-driver, who is a ‘blue-collar’ driver – willing to get behind the wheel of any type of vehicle, in any series, at any type of track.
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After making 16 starts in each of his team’s first two seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Busch will be making his first series start of 2012. Over his 32 starts in 2010 and 2011, the boss led KBM to 14 of its 16 victories, all eight poles and 24 top-five finishes.
Behind the strength of his series-leading eight victories in 2010, the No. 18 group became the first team to capture an Owner’s championship in its inaugural season since the Truck Series originated in 1995.
The Las Vegas native – who has been victorious in an amazing 29.7% (30 of 101) of the Truck Series races he has entered over his career – is a four-time winner at Atlanta, but will be looking to drive into victory lane for the first time in his own equipment.
Busch won in each of his first three starts in NASCAR’s third division at the 1.54-mile Quad-oval and was victorious again in 2009. Since starting his own team, he has finished second and third, respectively in 2010 and 2011.
The No. 18 Tundra has been fast all season long, but for one reason or another has been unable to find victory lane. KBM’s blue-collar boss is hoping that he can, as another member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour – Larry the Cable Guy – says, ‘Git-Ir-Done’ behind the wheel Friday night.