When Kyle Busch sits behind the wheel of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) KBM Toyota Tundra, he is known to stir up a storm and put on a show. The owner-driver is a wizard in the NCWTS with 46 wins, second all-time in the history of the series. The last time Busch found himself following the "yellow-brick road" of the 1.5-mile Kansas track for KBM, it took him all the way to Victory Lane.
Busch's last and only truck-series win at Kansas Speedway came in 2014. The Las Vegas-native started the race from the pole position and led 104 laps of the 167-lap race. He crossed the finish line three seconds ahead of the field and captured the checkered flag in only his third NCWTS start at Kansas. In 2016 Busch took the track by storm and led 69 laps en route to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) win at Kansas Speedway. "Rowdy" has also collected four wins in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in the Sunflower State, including the last three events (2014-2016).
Kansas will be a double-duty race weekend for the 32-year-old. Busch will attempt to sweep the weekend as he pilots the No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra in the NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 Friday night and races for the win in the MENCS Go Bowling 400 Saturday evening. Later in the season, fans will have a chance to see Busch back on track for KBM in the No. 51 Tundra on May 20 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, July 29 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Busch is excited to sport the colors of Textron Aviation Inc., on the hood of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra in their home state of Kansas. Textron Aviation Inc., is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. Their headquarters are in Wichita, Kan.
There's no place like Kansas, but for Busch it will take more than just clicking his heels together to bring home the win this weekend. There is no doubt that the whole No. 51 KBM team has the heart, the brain and the courage, and they hope to call Kansas the "home" of their next win.