Busch Drives For Five

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Kyle Busch’s “Drive for Five” in Friday night’s Built Ford Tough 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta will have a two-part meaning.

The driver of the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports will look to score his fifth Truck Series win of 2010 as he has already found victory lane at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and last week at Chicagoland Speedway.

“The schedule kind of allows it since you don’t have anything on track in Atlanta until Saturday and Sunday. Thursday and Friday, I was open and decided that I might as well go run it myself," Busch said about the Kentucky race. "Plus, we were able to secure sponsorship from Dollar General. Hopefully, we’ll have a good, solid run and try to win that thing.”

Perhaps the more well-known half of the “Drive for Five” is Busch’s quest to join Fred Lorenzen (1964), Richard Petty (1971), Bobby Allison (1971) and David Pearson (1973) as drivers who have won five consecutive NASCAR events, regardless of series.

Earlier this season, Busch reeled off four consecutive wins across NASCAR’s top three series starting with a sweep of the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup events at Dover International Speedway on May 15 and 16. It continued with his Truck Series victory at Charlotte on May 21, and was capped by his Nationwide Series win eight days later at the 1.5-mile oval on May 29.

But that four-race streak, understandably so, seemed to fly under the radar compared to the fanfare that has accompanied Busch’s current victory march, for this one was launched in historic fashion two weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Busch became the first driver ever to win all three of NASCAR’s national series races in the same weekend.

And his momentum carried straight through from Bristol to Chicagoland last Friday night with another Truck Series victory that put the talented Las Vegas native in the history books a second time alongside Billy Wade (1964), Pearson (1966 and 1968), Cale Yarborough (1976), Darrell Waltrip (1981) and Mark Martin (1993) as four-time winners in consecutive NASCAR events, regardless of series.

In his “Drive for Five,” Busch will use the same chassis – KBM-004 – that took him to victory lane last week at Chicagoland while sporting the colors and logos of Traxxas, the leading manufacturer of hobby-class radio-controlled (R/C) vehicles. The crew at KBM is spending this week fixing up the truck from the normal wear and tear of a race weekend, while also giving it a new look as the yellow and black colors of Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General will adorn the No. 18 Toyota at Kentucky.

There is no hotter driver in NASCAR right now than Busch, and he would love nothing more than to add another win to his current total of 79 career victories in NASCAR’s top three divisions – Sprint Cup (19), Nationwide (40) and Camping World Truck (20).

One of those victories came in the June 2004 Nationwide Series race at Kentucky, when Busch started second and led just three laps en route to victory. In four Nationwide Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Busch has that 2004 win, one runner-up finish (2009) and has never started worse than ninth while leading 311 of 800 possible laps. He has only one Truck Series start at Kentucky – a sixth-place result in 2008 – and he won in his only ARCA start at the 1.5-mile oval in May 2003.

As historic as a fifth victory would be, it would also help in the championship chase, as well, for while Busch is not running the full Camping World Truck Series schedule, the No. 18 Toyota is competing for the owner’s title, and his win last week in Chicagoland kept the team second in the standings, just 48 points behind the first-place No. 30 truck of Germain Racing.

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@ New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Saturday, September 20, 2014
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