Busch aiming for sixth straight win in Truck Series
Sparta, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Camping World Truck Series will kick off NASCAR's tripleheader week at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night. Nationwide will run here on Friday and Sprint Cup on Saturday.
Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski are those drivers scheduled to compete in all three NASCAR national touring series races at this 1.5-mile track, located roughly 40 miles southwest of Cincinnati.
Busch, the driver/owner of the No. 51 Toyota, will attempt to set a personal record in trucks with his six consecutive win. He has scored victories in each of his first four starts in the series this season -- Daytona, Kansas, Charlotte and Dover -- as well as a win in last year's season-finale at Homestead. Erik Jones drove the No. 51 at Martinsville (March 30), Texas (June 6) and Gateway (June 14).
"I don't think there is anything that I'm doing in particular to win these races. It's a total team effort," Busch said. "It's all about being focused and putting your mind to it. That's a lot easier to do when you know that you're in good equipment and believing in my guys that they are unloading some really fast [Toyota] Tundras.
"You can't just unload and expect to win. You have to keep working hard throughout the practice sessions and tweaking on your stuff to make it better for the race. We've been able to do that over the first four races I've been in the truck this season, and we'll look to try and get another victory at Kentucky."
During the second half of 2009 season in trucks, Busch won five races in a row (Bristol, Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Talladega and Texas) before his streak came to an end at Phoenix, where he finished second to Kevin Harvick.
In four previous truck races at Kentucky, Busch has one win (2011) and has finished in the top-10 in every start. He placed third in last year's event.
Busch has posted 39 victories in 119 career truck starts, giving him a winning percentage of 32.8 percent (a record in the series). The 29-year-old Las Vegas native has also accumulated 134 wins in all three national touring series, which ranks second to Richard Petty's NASCAR record of 200 victories.
Darrell Wallace Jr., who drives the No. 54 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, won at Gateway. Wallace claimed his second career victory in the series. His first win came last October at Martinsville.
KBM has five victories in seven truck races this season and eight over the last 11 events.
"Everybody believes that the reason we are so successful is because I drive our trucks, but I think our young guys proved [at Gateway] that isn't the case," Busch said. "It was really cool to see how fast both Darrell and Erik were at Gateway, to see them both up front and for the 54 team [Wallace] to get the win."
Toyota has been to victory lane in the last nine truck races, a streak dating back to last November when Jones captured his first career win in the series at Phoenix.
Thirty-two teams are on the entry list for the UNOH 225, four short of a full field.
Series: NASCAR Camping World. Date: Thursday, June 26. Race: UNOH 225. Site: Kentucky Speedway. Track: 1.5-mile oval. Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET. Laps: 150. Miles: 225. 2013 Winner: Ty Dillon. Television: FOX Sports 1. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.
06/26 12:49:56 ET