Kyle Busch Ready to Cross Another Track Off KBM's List

In his 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, Kyle Busch led 53 of 69 laps en route to victory at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The win was Busch's first at Pocono in any series and was also Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) first win at the Tricky Triangle, leaving just three tracks on the current Truck Series schedule where the team has yet to visit victory lane. KBM's owner-driver and his No. 51 Dollar General team will be looking to conquer one of the remaining three tracks this Saturday when the Truck Series heads to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for the Careers for Veterans 200.
With the victory at Pocono, Busch has now been victorious in nine of his last 12 Truck Series starts dating back to the Truck Series 2013 season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. The hot streak has improved what was already an impressive winning percentage in NASCAR's third division to 34.1 percent (43/126) and when you add in 22 runner-up finishes to his 43 victories, he has finished first or second in 51.6 percent (65/126) of his starts.
Busch has visited victory lane at Michigan three times in his career, twice in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and once in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but is winless in eight Truck Series starts in the Irish Hills. He always runs strong in the Truck Series at the two-mile oval, recording four runner-up finishes, six top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 6.0. In last year's event, Rowdy had over a four-second lead just past the halfway mark when he ran out of fuel and fell a lap down. He was able to recover and bring home a fifth-place finish. 
Saturday's race will mark Dollar General's third of four-scheduled races onboard a KBM Tundra in 2015. The nation's largest small-box discount retailer was onboard for Busch's victory at Pocono in the series' last stop and started off the season with Erik Jones' runner-up finish at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May. In 2014, KBM won three times in four outings featuring the yellow and black scheme - twice with Busch (Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway) behind the wheel in addition to Jones' dominant victory at Phoenix. Overall in 34 races adorning KBM's Tundras since 2010, the Tennessee-based company has been a part of 10 wins - including the team's historic first victory at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway in April of 2010 - and 209 top-five finishes.
Logan Fairbanks, an 11-year-old from Hartford, Mich., will be the special guest of Busch and his wife, Samantha, at Saturday's 100-lap event. Fairbanks and his father, Josh, became internet celebrities after posting funny prank videos with his father on YouTube. The fame quickly turned ugly, when Logan became the victim of cyberbullies posting cruel comments directed at him. Logan decided to stand up to the bullies and posted a two-minute video in which he began by reading some of the cruel comments posted about him and ended with this message, "I hope that people don't bully other people online anymore, and that this helps." The video has been viewed over a million times and got the attention of several prominent people, including White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, who recently hosted the Fairbanks on a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
While it may not compare to a tour of the oval office, Busch is hoping to give the Fairbanks a tour of victory lane at a two-mile oval on Saturday after the race. A win would not only be a special moment for the youngster, it would mean that KBM has crossed another track off the list.

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