Busch, Jones To Share Ride
By: MRN Staff on January 24, 2014 | 4:39 P.M. EST
Erik Jones, celebrating his Camping World Truck win last year at Phoenix, will run 12 Truck races this season. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kyle Busch and 17-year-old Erik Jones will split driving duties this season in the No. 51 Camping World Series Truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports, the team announced Friday.
Busch will drive 10 races, beginning with the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Jones will run 12 races, beginning with the March 29 race at Martinsville Speedway. ToyotaCare returns as a primary sponsor for 14 races, seven with each driver.
Jones made history last November when he became the youngest Truck series winner with his victory at Phoenix International Raceway. That was the last of five Truck races he drove a year ago.
"Erik did a tremendous job for us last year picking up wins in both the Truck and the Super Late Model while running a very limited schedule," Busch said. "At just 17-years-old, he shows a lot of poise behind the wheel, provides great feedback to the crew chiefs and he has already proven that he can win on some of the biggest stages."
"I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra and representing Toyota and ToyotaCare," Jones said. "I really learned a lot last year from Kyle and everyone at KBM. I felt like each time out we all grew as a team, and at the end of the season, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream by winning in one of NASCAR's top three divisions. Going into this season, I feel like we have a great chance to get back to victory lane and go out and defend our owner's championship."
Busch won five times in 11 Truck starts last season, helping the team win the Truck owner’s title. He has 35 career Truck wins in 115 starts.
Crew chief Eric Phillips, who had been with KBM’s Nationwide team, will be the crew chief.