Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Denny Hamlin will drive the team's No. 18 Tundra in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Saturday, Oct. 29. Toyota and Traxxas, the leading manufacturer of hobby-class radio-controlled (R/C) vehicles, will serve as co-primary sponsors for the 200-lap race at the .526-mile oval.
"I've wanted to drive one of Kyle's trucks for a long time," said Hamlin. "He has one of the most successful programs out there and I couldn't pass this opportunity up. The Martinsville truck race is always an exciting one and I look forward to being a part of it."
Hamlin, a native of Midlothian, Va., has won four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at his home-state track, including three of the last four, and has finished in the top-five in eight of his 12 Cup Series starts.
The 30-year-old driver has posted five top-10 finishes in 11 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, including two top 10s in four starts at Martinsville. His career-best result behind the wheel of a truck was a third-place finish in the 2008 E-Z Go 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.
KBM's No. 18 Tundra has finished third or better in each of its three starts at Martinsville, including a runner-up finish by its owner-driver in this year's Kroger 250. In last year's Kroger 200, Busch captured the pole, led 28 laps and finished second. Brian Ickler scored a career-best-tying third-place finish in the 2010 spring race.