MOORSEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – No matter how big or successful the organization, each team involved in NASCAR had to have a first race. Petty Enterprises, the Wood Brothers, Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing all started somewhere with a debut event.
Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway will be the world premiere for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), the start-up organization owned by 24-year-old Kyle Busch, who has more than 60 wins in NASCAR’s top three divisions.
KBM will field two entries during the 2010 Camping World Truck Series season with Busch piloting the No. 18 Heluva Good!® Toyota Tundra whenever the Truck Series runs in companion with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, while Brian Ickler (pronounced “IKE-ler”) will drive in the non-companion events.
Tayler Malsam will drive the No. 56 Toyota Tundra for KBM full-time.
While KBM is new to NASCAR, the accomplishments of the people assembled show that, despite being a start-up team, it could well be a force to be reckoned with in 2010.
To say that KBM has assembled an all-star cast for its inaugural season might be a bit of an understatement when you consider that Busch, No. 18 crew chief Eric Phillips and KBM director of competition Rick Ren combined to win 16 of the 25 Truck Series races in 2009, when they were with other teams. Busch found victory lane seven times as a driver, Phillips was on top of the pit box for three wins with driver Mike Skinner, and Ren served as crew chief for Ron Hornaday’s six victories and his 2009 Truck Series championship.
The 2009 season also saw Busch, Ickler, Malsam, Ren, Phillips and Dan Stillman, crew chief for the No. 56 Tundra, combine for two championships, 34 wins, 140 top-10 finishes and 23 poles in their respective efforts in NASCAR’s top-three divisions and ARCA competition. In addition to Ren’s Truck Series championship, Busch won the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series title driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Many years from now, Busch will look back on Feb. 12, 2010, as the day his journey as a NASCAR owner began. And while no one knows what the future holds, judging by the people involved, it appears that future is very bright.