Kyle Busch No. 51 Looking to be No. 14

Since the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began visiting Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in 2001, the action has produced a different winner in each of the 13 events, including four whose last name starts with the letter B, but no ne named Kyle Busch. With the annual descent by NASCAR's third division on the Sunflower State having been a standalone event until 2011, this weekend's race at the 1.5-mile oval will mark just the third series start for Busch at the Midwest venue, with a best result of sixth coming in 2011.

Last year's visit to Kansas Speedway marked an eventful one for Busch and the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra team. After changing engines twice in practice and coming out of an early spin in the race unscathed, Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) owner-driver showcased one of the fastest trucks in the first half of the 167-lap event. He rallied back through the field to lead 11 laps, before rookie German Quiroga got lose underneath him trying to make a pass on lap 90 and sent his Tundra hard into the outside wall. The crash ended the day prematurely and left the team with a disappointing 27th-place finish.


Busch, who did not compete in the Truck Series event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, will be looking to score his third consecutive victory in NASCAR's third division on Friday night. The Las Vegas native closed out the 2013 season with a victory at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway and helped his organization pick up its second Truck Series Owner's Championship in its four-year existence. The talented wheelman picked up right where he left off in the 2014 season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, picking up his first career Truck Series victory at the famed track and becoming the first driver to win in four different series (ARCA, NCWTS, Nationwide and Sprint Cup) there.


Friday's night's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway will be an event full of firsts. It will be the first race under the lights at the Midwest venue and the first race for the newly remodeled trucks on a 1.5-mile track. The driver of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra will set his sights on being the first one to cross the finish line and become the 14th different winner in 14 races.



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