Kyle Busch Motorsports will be busy this weekend at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, with both the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series competing at the “Monster Mile.” Brian Scott takes the wheel of the #18 Shore Lodge Toyota Tundra in Friday’s Truck Series race, while Kurt Busch is back behind the wheel of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
Scott is making his first Truck Series start since 2009, at a track where he scored his first NASCAR win in the Truck Series on May 30th, 2009. Then racing for his family-owned Xpress Motorsports, Scott was just 19-years-old when he got his first win at Dover. When KBM was seeking an inventory of trucks for its inaugural season in 2010, the team purchased the assets of Xpress Motorsports, as Scott was transitioning into the Nationwide Series with Braun Racing.
Scott currently competes in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, Cup Series home of KBM owner Kyle Busch. Scott will be driving one of the trucks from Xpress, chassis #128, the “sister chassis” to the truck he won in, chassis #127. This is the first of five races Scott will run for KBM in 2012.
“I’m looking forward to running up front,” said Scott in a recent piece on the KBM website. “I definitely feel like we’ll run in the top five and should contend for victories because these five races are all at tracks I’m very good at. I’m really proud to have Dollar General and Shore Lodge onboard – hope to give them a good ride and get them both to victory lane.”
Can Monster Energy tame the “Monster Mile?” That’s what Kurt Busch and the #54 team are hoping for Saturday. Busch has two wins at the track and a win in the Nationwide Series will complete the trifecta: he won in 2000 in the Truck Series and in 2011 in the Cup Series.
Busch’s crew chief Mike Beam also has had some luck at the track: he has a Cup Series win (1990), a Truck Series win (2006) and two Nationwide Series wins last year with Carl Edwards.
“My goal is to win,” said Busch. “I really like this race track and I am comfortable working with Beam to set the car up on a way that will be responsive.” Beam continues, “I have always enjoyed racing Dover and I had the opportunity to win both 2011 races there, so hopefully we can do the same with Kurt and this Monster Energy team.”
Qualifying for the Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 takes place Friday, June 1st at 10:10 a.m. ET, with the race taking the green flag at 4:50 p.m. ET (time approximate). Qualifying for the 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race takes place Saturday, June 2nd at 10:40 a.m. ET, with the race taking the green flag at 2 p.m. ET. Follow the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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