MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Safelite AutoGlass has joined Kyle Busch Motorsports to serve as the primary sponsor of driver Noah Gragson in all 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events this season.
The nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services will also serve as an associate sponsor on Harrison Burton’s No. 51 Tundra for his nine races at KBM this season.
Safelite AutoGlass most recently sponsored Ben Rhodes at ThorSport Racing.
Gragson finished 10th in the Truck Series championship standings after collecting one win, three poles, four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign last year. The 19-year-old earned his first Truck Series victory last October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway after outdueling series veterans Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton in the closing laps.
The Las Vegas native also competed in three events for KBM’s super late model team in 2017, highlighted by his triumph in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in October.
“We’re honored that Safelite AutoGlass has chosen to partner with KBM for the 2018 season and we look forward to hosting all of their employees and customers who come out to the track in bunches to support the program each and every race,” said team owner Kyle Busch. “Both Noah and Harrison are talented on the track and have great personalities off the track, so they will be great representatives for Safelite.
“Noah showed continuous improvement in 2017 winning a couple of poles in the first half of the season, and in the second half of the season putting whole races together. He was able to showcase his potential late in the year winning in the Super Late Model at Winchester and followed that up with a Truck Series victory at Martinsville a few weeks later. His progress was similar to Christopher’s (Bell) at the end of 2016, and we’re confident now that Noah has a year of experience in the trucks under his belt, he will be able to win more races and compete for a championship this year. Harrison also made great strides during his six-race schedule in 2017 and we look forward to being a part of his continued development as he returns for an expanded part-time schedule at KBM in 2018.”
“This year is already off to a great start knowing that I’ll be back at Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete for a Truck Series championship in 2018 with Safelite as the primary sponsor on my No. 18 Tundra,” Gragson said. “Having Kyle as a mentor and the technology that Toyota and TRD have in place for young drivers allowed me to learn a lot in my first full-time season in trucks, and I know that I’m better prepared to start 2018 off strong. I was able to get my first taste of victory late last year and it was special. This year I plan on climbing more fences and celebrating more wins with everyone at Safelite.”
“Our associates have a passion for NASCAR and are huge fans of our partnership with Toyota, and the developmental driver program,” Garth Beck, Safelite AutoGlass vice president of retail field operations, West said. “We look forward to this year’s season and working with KBM. It’s going to be a great opportunity for continued learning with a lot of excitement along the way.”