Kyle Busch Motorsports is bringing four teams to Dover International Speedway for this weekend’s festivities, including the Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 31st and the 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 1st. The three Truck Series teams will be led by owner/driver Kyle Busch, who is the only driver to have multiple wins at the “Monster Mile” in the Truck Series.
Busch, who will drive the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra on Friday, picked up his first win in the series since 2011 two weeks ago at Charlotte. He won at Dover in 2011, and also picked up his first-ever Truck Series victory at the track back in 2005.
“I’ve been very successful in all three series at Dover, so this spring race is one that I look at as a possible triple-win weekend,” said Busch on the KBM website. “The concrete surface is very slick and some drivers don’t like the concrete feel one bit, while other drivers like it. For me, I enjoy going to Dover and Bristol. They are fun places to race because they are challenging and other drivers don’t necessarily get it. The race tracks are slick and having the right mindset going into those races can give you an advantage over the guys that aren’t looking forward to racing there. We’ve had a fast ToyotaCare Tundra all year – we were in a position to win Daytona if it wasn’t for the caution, had one of the fastest trucks at Kansas until we got wrecked and we finally got to victory lane at Charlotte. We’ve had a really good setup for Dover at KBM in the past, so hopefully I can get the weekend started off right with a win on Friday.”
Joey Coulter will race the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Tundra at Dover, the flagship truck for the KBM fleet. Coulter has finishes of sixth and 11th at Dover in the Truck Series.
“Dover gives you that feeling you get when you are on a roller coaster, but as a driver, you have to convince yourself to make the roller coaster go that fast,” said Coulter. “It’s really a different kind of track but it’s a lot of fun once you get used to it. I remember the first couple of times I was there, in my mock-qualifying runs during practice and my qualifying laps, I literally held my breath. I think a lot of people think drivers are kidding when we say that, but for two laps you are just driving, not even thinking about it and once you get done you realize you should probably start breathing now. Dover is just a great place to race, so fast, there is no relaxing. You can’t just sit back and ride, there is no way, it’s just unbelievably exciting every lap.”
Darrell Wallace Jr. makes his first Truck Series start at Dover in the No. 54 Camping World Tundra, but it’s a track he’s very familiar with. Last fall, Wallace Jr. won the pole and finished 12th in the Nationwide Series race driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, and he has two top 10 finishes – including a win – and two poles in K&N Pro Series East competition at the track.
Parker Kligerman will drive the No. 77 All Metal Fabricators Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, coming off his fifth top 10 finish of the season at Charlotte last weekend. Kligerman, who finished 12th in his only Nationwide Series start at Dover, was the runner-up in last spring’s Truck Series race at the track.
Qualifying for the Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover takes place Friday at 10:05 a.m. ET, with the race going green at approximately 5 p.m. ET. Qualifying for the Nationwide Series 5-Hour Energy 200 takes place Saturday at 11:05 a.m. ET, followed by the race at 2:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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