- Owner-driver Kyle Busch gets behind the wheel of the No. 51 Cessna Tundra Saturday for his third of five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2021. Busch claimed a dominant victory the last time he was in a truck, leading 102 of 130 laps at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. His other start this season was a runner-up finish to KBM driver John Hunter Nemechek at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in March.
- Busch, the winningest driver in series history, enters Saturday’s event having won 38.2% (60/157) of the Truck Series races he has entered and finished first or second in 56.1% (88/157). The talented wheelman in recent years had scored a victory at every active NASCAR Camping World Truck Series venue that he had made a start at, but with Richmond being added to the schedule this year, he will need to win on Saturday to keep that stat intact. He’s made two starts at Richmond (2001 and 2005), with a best finish of 22nd.
- While he’s yet to score a Camping world Truck Series triumph at Richmond, the 35-year-old driver has captured six NASCAR Cup Series victories and six NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval.
- Mardy Lindley is in his first season as a crew chief at Kyle Busch Motorsports. Lindley has guided his drivers to 32 wins and four ARCA Menards Series East championships since 2013, including back-to-back titles with Sam Mayer the last two seasons. Additionally, he earned the ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown championship with Mayer in 2020. Behind the wheel, the second-generation driver won 11 races on the Pro Cup Series from 2000 to 2006 and was crowned the series champion in 2001. Lindley’s drivers compiled an average finish of 9.2 across four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races, with a best result of sixth with Cameron Hayley in 2014.
- After five events, the No. 51 is tied with KBM’s No. 4 team atop the Camping World Trucks owner standings. The No. 51 team has won the last two events on the schedule, with Martin Truex Jr. at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Dirt Track and Busch at Atlanta. The team also leads the series with 223 laps led. As an organization, KBM drivers have combined to lead 68.6% (388/566) of the total laps this season.
- ‘Rowdy’ will also pilot the No. 51 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (May 1) and Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. (June 26). Since Textron Aviation became a partner in 2017, Busch has recorded 13 victories, 1,468 laps led and an average finish of 5.3 in 22 starts with the Cessna and Beechcraft brands adorning his Tundra.
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- All three KBM Tundras will carry a special decal on the B post this week promoting Autism Awareness that includes the website address of NASCAR Sammy (NASCARSammy.com), an avid NASCAR fan and autism advocate. Fans can visit his site to purchase a decal and help support his mission.