Kyle Busch Motorsports has gone through some tough times lately. The team recently laid off several employees and they no longer have a NASCAR Nationwide Series program. However, good news came out of Kyle Busch Motorsports on Friday when the team announced they would run a second full-time entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kyle Busch and 17-year-old driver Erik Jones will pilot the team's #51 Toyota Tundra entry in the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The #51 team won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points championship in 2013 and will look to do that again.
Busch will run ten races on the Truck Series schedule in 2014 starting with the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February. The 17-year-old Jones is only eligible to run on tracks that are a mile or less in length or a road course event so Jones' first race will be at Martinsville Speedway in March. Toyota Care, which has sponsored the #51 Toyota for the past few seasons will adorn the hood again for 14 races in 2014.
“We are pleased to have ToyotaCare back onboard our No. 51 this year and really look forward to seeing Erik continue to develop as a driver with his increased schedule this season,” said Busch. “Toyota and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) have put a lot of time and effort into the new Tundra that hits the track this year and it is going to make for an exciting season.”
Busch's racing resume speaks for itself accumulating over 122 wins in NASCAR's three major divisions. Jones has an impressive resume himself. In December he became a two time winner of the prolific Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. He also became the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race back in November winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jones is excited for the 2014 season to begin.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra and representing Toyota and ToyotaCare,” Jones said. “I really learned a lot last year from Kyle and everyone at KBM. I felt like each time out we all grew as a team and at the end of the season I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream by winning in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions. Going into this season, I feel like we have a great chance to get back to victory lane and go out and defend our Owner’s Championship.”
Veteran crew chief Eric Phillips will continue as the crew chief of the #51 Toyota. Phillips has 27 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins which is second all-time in the series. Jones and Busch will join Darrell Wallace Jr in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014. Wallace will run full-time for a second consecutive season for the team.
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