Kyle Busch Joins the Built Ford Tough 225 Field
Versatile NASCAR driver Kyle Busch will attempt to become the first three-series race winner in Kentucky Speedway history when he competes in the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) "Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" on Friday, Sept. 3.
The 25-year-old Sprint Cup Series championship hopeful will make his second NCWTS Kentucky Speedway start and first in the Bluegrass state in an entry from his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) stable. Busch started second and led 43 of 150 race laps before finishing sixth in his NCWTS Kentucky debut with Billy Ballew Motorsports on July 19, 2008.
The first-year team owner has shared seat time in his No. 18 truck this season with developing talent Brian Ickler, fellow NSCS competitor Kasey Kahne and NCWTS veteran Johnny Benson.
Busch has appeared in nine truck events this season. He visited Victory Lane for the second straight week and fourth time this season at Chicagoland Speedway. The two-race streak began Aug. 27 Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 18 en route to becoming the first driver to grab victories in NASCAR's three top divisions in the same weekend.
"It's pretty special. It's difficult to win one race in NASCAR's three series, but doing it across all three series on the same weekend? Who could ask for anything better? To do it at Bristol with the amazing crowd and electricity, and, as different as the three vehicles are to drive, it was really, really cool," he reflected.
The highly-publicized young gun also reeled in NCWTS victories at Nashville Superspeedway on April 2 and Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 21 after starting both races from the pole position. He collected second-place finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 6 and Indianapolis' O'Reilly Raceway Park July 23 in addition to a third-place finish at Michigan International Speedway June 12. KBM's four-driver team entered last week's Chicagoland Speedway race having hauled in three victories and a total of 10 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes through 17 starts.
Busch will make his seventh all-time Kentucky Speedway start chasing a second piece of track history. He powered his way to a 205-mile ARCA Racing Series stock car victory on May 3, 2003 and became the only driver to earn back-to-back Kentucky victories in different series on June 19, 2004 by capturing a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win. He has led 42 percent or 445 of the 1,055 career laps he's completed on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval. Currently, Carl Edwards is the only driver owning Kentucky NASCAR race victories in separate series. He earned a 300-mile NNS victory on June 18, 2005 and a 225-mile NCWTS win on July 12, 2003.
After taking 79 NASCAR wins (NSCS -19, NNS - 40 and NCWTS - 20 ), he knows full well how to balance his upcoming Bluegrass State visit with Sept. 4 NNS and Sept. 5 NSCS driving commitments at Atlanta Motor 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 (the truck in Kentucky) myself. Plus, I sold sponsorship for that race. We'll announce that soon, get out there and hopefully have a good, solid run trying to win that thing," Busch said.
The "Built Ford Tough 225" will be part of the speedway's "Celebrate Speed" weekend that also will place the racing spotlight on the IZOD IndyCar Series "Kentucky Indy 300," Firestone Indy Lights "Drive Smart. Buckle-Up Kentucky 100" and country music super group Diamond Rio in concert Sept. 4.
Single-race tickets for Kentucky Speedway's Labor Day event weekend can be reserved through the tickets pages of http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-7223 (RACE) or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to the Montgomery Inn Restaurant or the Fan Center located off of Interstate 71, Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 N in Sparta, Ky. Tickets additionally are available through tickets.com outlets.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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