Kyle Busch Motorsports will have 3 full-time NASCAR trucks
When Kyle Busch announced he had joined Richard Childress Racing to continue his decorated NASCAR Cup Series career a few months ago – marking a hopeful milestone in a stressful summer – so much was still up in the air.
One of those things was his truck business.
“Kyle Busch Motorsports intends to compete in the Truck Series as a Chevrolet-branded team next year,” Busch told reporters Sept. 13. the day he signed to be in the #8 RCR Cup car. “Whether it’s two, three, or four entries, we’re not entirely sure yet, and we’re working to clarify those details as soon as we can at this time.”
These details became clear in two separate announcements on Friday:
1. Busch announced that KBM will field two NASCAR Truck Series teams in 2023: the #4 Chevy for Chase Purdy and the #51 Chevy for an assortment of year-round drivers (including Jack Wood as “anchor”) as well as Busch himself on occasion).
2. The two-time Cup champion also announced that KBM has formed a technical alliance with Rev Racing – the competition arm of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which will make its first appearance in a national series in 2023. (Rev Racing will have 2022 ARCA Menard Series champion Nick Sanchez driving the No. 2 Chevrolet.)
The two announcements, which were made back-to-back in the Phoenix Raceway media center, effectively wrapped up the details of Busch’s near-term future heading into the offseason.
It’s made the few “sleepless nights” of the past few months interesting, Busch said.
“It allows us to move forward on our opportunity to be three trucks, and it gives us a chance to make sure we are there to field the same number of teams and the same number of people that we have been for a long time. time,” Busch told reporters on Friday. “And again, we’re looking forward to maintaining that strength of people that we have at KBM and continuing to win races.”
KBM has had great success at the NASCAR Truck Series level. Since its debut in 2010, the company has picked up 98 total wins, seven owners’ championships and two riders’ championships (Erik Jones in 2015 and Christopher Bell in 2017).
It should also be noted that Busch himself is the winningest driver in Truck Series history, with 62 wins, according to a KBM statement. He won 37.6% of the truck races he entered.
Busch said that although fielding a team of trucks is a “passion” of his, being competitive was at the forefront of his mind in making the decision.
“I believe in what we do at Kyle Busch Motorsports with the people who are there,” Busch said, adding, “I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think we could win. It’s definitely not in our DNA.
KBM Announcements Quick Questions
Will Toyota be in the NASCAR Truck Series now that Kyle Busch Motorsports has moved to Chevrolet?
Yes. Kyle Busch Motorsports left Team Toyota when Busch did so earlier this year. (It’s now with Chevrolet.) Toyota has since effectively replaced KBM: Last week it was announced that David Gilliland had agreed to move his racing organization – now renamed TRICON Garage — from Ford to Toyota.
What does the “technical alliance” between KBM and Rev Racing consist of?
KBM will build the trucks that Rev Racing’s Nick Sanchez will compete in. KBM and Rev Racing officials said they are still determining whether the trucks will be built at KBM and then sent to Rev Racing or if a Rev Racing team will be integrated into KBM.
Does Kyle Busch Motorsports have a professional history with Rev Racing?
Yes. That’s what seems to make this partnership so sensible. Busch explained his professional background on Friday.
“We’re certainly excited for this chance to work a little closer with these guys at Rev Racing,” Busch said. “So for me to be lucky enough to be able to see some of Rev’s alumni go through KBM – and (become) KBM alumni – and now get into the Cup Series to be able to add to that with Nick, I’m really excited about it.
He added: “So seeing the progress and the development of Bubba Wallace when he first came to KBM the first year we raced with him, in his second year and really being able to take the horns and race for a championship, I mean it was really awesome. And same thing with Daniel (Suarez), where he was at Joe Gibbs Racing, but also with us at Kyle Busch Motorsports on the truck side, rounding out that development team and really showing his stages in what he’s been able to do. … We feel we’ve had our fair share in this development, so we look forward to continuing on this path.
This story was originally published November 4, 2022 7:21 p.m.