Kyle Busch returns to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) action this week for the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) owner-driver will debut a new primary sponsor on the hood of his No. 18 Tundra for Friday night's 134-lap event, SiriusXM. The world's largest radio company will also be Busch's primary sponsor for the Truck Series event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 17 and will sponsor KBM driver Christopher Bell's No. 4 Tundra in four races later this season.
When it comes to the Truck Series, Busch has posted some serious statistics since making his debut as a 16-year-old at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 3, 2001. After posting two top-10 finishes in six starts that season, NASCAR raised the minimum age requirement for its top-three series leaving Busch ineligible to compete in the Truck Series until his 18th birthday in May of 2003. He returned in 2004 for one start, and then in his first start of the 2005 season, the Las Vegas native collected his first career Truck Series victory driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports at Charlotte.
Fast forward to 2016 and 'Rowdy' has built an impressive resume across his 130 career Truck Series starts. Entering Friday's race at Charlotte, Busch ranks first all-time among NCWTS drivers in driver rating (121.3) and average finish (6.9), while his 45 career NCWTS wins rank second to Ron Hornaday Jr. (51). The 31-year-old driver has visited victory lane in 34.6 percent (45/130) of his NCWTS starts and has finished first or second in 52.7 percent (68/130) of the events he has entered, including a victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in his lone start this season.
Busch's six wins at Charlotte are a track-best for a Truck Series driver and more than he has registered at any other track in NASCAR's third division. He's undefeated at the 1.5-mile quad-oval in his Tundra since KBM's inception in 2010, winning the last four times that he's entered the race (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014). He also tops the Truck Series in laps led at Charlotte with 545, has the most top fives (seven) and is tied with Mike Skinner for the most poles (three).
With a new sponsor onboard his No. 18 Tundra Friday night, Busch will look to add to the 'Sirius' statistics he's already compiled in his Truck Series career and scratch-off his lucky seventh victory in the N.C. Education Lottery 200.