Kyle Busch returns to the seat of the No. 51 Tundra Thursday for the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Busch, who's Toyota will have Dollar General onboard for the first time in 2014, will be looking to trot to his sixth consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory after posting victories in each of his four Truck Series starts this season as well as in last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
Busch has been a force to be reckoned with every time he has gotten behind the wheel of a truck over his career, winning 32.8% (39/119) of his series starts, but has really seemed to taken a liking to the brand new Tundra that Toyota rolled out this season. After posting just five perfect Driver Ratings across his first 116 Truck Series starts, he has scored one in each of the last three races he entered. "Rowdy" has won each of those three races from the pole and along the way led a combined 76.6% (384/501) of the laps. Add in the 25 laps led in his season-opening win at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and his 409 laps led in 2014 are already more than the 356 he led across 11 starts and five wins last season.
The Las Vegas native will now look to make it five-for-five this season in the Truck Series as the series heads to Kentucky Speedway, a track where he has scored wins in four different series. Busch won at the mile-and-a-half venue in the ARCA Racing Series in 2003, the Nationwide Series in 2004, and in 2011 was victorious in both the Truck Series event and the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race. Over the last 10 Truck Series events in the "Bluegrass State," he leads all drivers with an Average Finish of 4.3, a Driver Rating of 124.3 and 219 laps led. In his four starts, he has produced one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes while leading 40 or more laps in each event.
Dollar General will be onboard the No. 51 Tundra this weekend for the first of its four races as a primary sponsor this season, three with Busch and one with Erik Jones. Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) drivers have registered six wins, including the team's historic first victory at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway in April of 2010, and 15 top-five finishes across 28 races with the nation's largest small-box discount retailer adorning the team's Toyotas. Busch has scored five of those wins to go along with 12 top-five finishes across his 15 starts in the yellow Tundra.
Darrell Wallace Jr.'s win at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. last weekend marked KBM's fifth in seven races this season and eighth over the last 11 events. When the engines fire in Kentucky Thursday night, not only will "Rowdy" will be shooting for his sixth consecutive Truck Series win as a driver, he will be looking to collect his sixth win of 2014 as an owner.