MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Seventeen-year-old Canadian Raphael Lessard will return to Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete in three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races this year.
Lessard, who raced for Kyle Busch Motorsports last year in a super late model, will pilot the team’s No. 46 Tundra beginning March 23 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He’ll also compete in the organization’s fourth entry at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway and Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Lessard won two marquee events driving Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 super late model last season, the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in May and the Red Bud 400 ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in July.
Overall in 16 starts for Kyle Busch Motorsports split across the CARS Super Late Model Tour, the Southern Super Series and the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the teenager posted two wins, three poles, seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2018.
“Driving for KBM I will be assured of having one of the best vehicles in the Truck Series and that will allow me to go for the win every time out,” Lessard said. “KBM is a team of winners, and I intend to take full advantage of the great situation I find myself in.”
“It’s rewarding as an owner to see the progression of young drivers like Raphael, and Erik Jones and Christopher Bell before him, that start out in our Super Late Models as part of the Toyota Racing Development program and are able to turn that into an opportunity to compete in the Trucks Series,” owner Kyle Busch said. “Raphael was really fast in our Super Late Models last season and added a couple of marquee wins to KBM’s resume. We expect that he’ll be able to step right in and be competitive as he makes the jump to the next level.”
Lessard’s crew chief and sponsors for his No. 46 Tundra will be announced at a later date.