MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Kyle Busch Motorsports has announced that Christopher Bell will drive the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra in Thursday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Harrison Burton was scheduled to compete, but was forced to withdraw due to illness.
Bell won last year’s Truck Series championship with KBM. In his 53 starts in the Truck Series, he earned seven wins, 26 top-five and 41 top-10 finishes.
This season, Bell is competing full time in the XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing and has already accrued four wins, including a stretch of three in a row.
“It will be great to get back in a Tundra with KBM at Bristol, but wish it was under better circumstances,” Bell said. “I hope Harrison feels better soon and I’m hoping I can get the Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra into Victory Lane on his behalf Thursday night.”
“I have been driving since I was four-years-old and have never missed a race,” noted Burton. “I hate to let down my guys, but my doctors just don’t believe I’m ready. Having to miss this race will give me even more motivation to come back even stronger in Canada next week.”
Burton is still scheduled to drive the No. 51 Tundra in five more races for KBM this season, including next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.