MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Wednesday that Logan Seavey will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on July 18 in the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway.
Mobil 1 will be the primary sponsor on Seavey’s No. 51 Tundra when the California native makes his first Truck Series start at the famed high-banked dirt oval. Mobil 1 also serves as the primary sponsor this season on Seavey’s Toyota-powered Midget for Keith Kunz Motorsports.
The 21-year-old driver has posted four wins and 15 podiums across 20 races between the P1 Insurance USAC National Midget Series, where he currently leads the championship standings, and the POWRi National Midget Series this year.
“Running the Truck Series race at Eldora for Kyle Busch Motorsports is the chance of a lifetime and I can’t thank everyone at Mobil 1, Toyota and TRD enough for having the confidence to put me in this position,” Seavey said. “Not many people get the chance to run a stock car on dirt and it’s definitely going to be a big challenge racing something so much heavier than what I’m used to.
“Hopefully, I’ll have a little bit of an advantage just knowing what dirt racing is like and how the dirt changes … and I’ve already leaned on Christopher (Bell) for some for advice. I’ve been able to get Mobil 1 to victory lane a few times in my midget this year, and hopefully I can do it again in the Truck Series to reward them for their support of not only myself, but the entire Toyota Racing Development program.”
Seavey joins Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell as graduates from KKM’s midget program into the NASCAR ranks.
In addition to his upcoming Truck Series debut, Seavey made a Southern Super Series Super Late Model start for ALR Inc. at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway on June 30. He was second in practice, qualified 12th and finished seventh in the 125-lap event.
“Logan Seavey getting his first chance to compete in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is a testament to his work ethic, talent and achievements driving for our partners, Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby. Supporting Logan and KBM with this opportunity underscores Toyota’s continued commitment to driver development,” said David Wilson, president of TRD U.S.A. “TRD and our team partners work hard to identify and mold these young drivers into future NASCAR stars and we’re all looking forward to seeing what Logan can do behind the wheel of one of these fast Tundras at a very unique race track.”
Next week’s Dirt Derby will be Seavey’s first start in any series at Eldora, but KBM has a history of success at the half-mile dirt track. The organization brought home the victory in the Truck Series’ lone dirt race with Darrell Wallace Jr. in 2014 and again in 2015 with Bell.
The No. 51 Tundra team that Seavey will be driving for currently ranks fourth in the NCWTS owner’s championship standings. Under crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.’s guidance, the team has produced one win, two poles, five top-five and 10 top-10s in 11 races this year.
Hillman Jr. has prior experience with dirt racers in the Eldora Dirt Derby. The veteran crew chief was atop the pit box for Chase Briscoe’s third-place finish last year and in 2014, Kyle Larson led five laps and was running second behind Wallace Jr. in the closing laps before suffering severe body damage and finishing 26th.