Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 8/30/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship and the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Kyle Busch sweeps into Kansas Speedway in Kansas City this weekend, where once again he will be pulling double-duty, driving the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra in Saturday’s SFP 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the No. 18 M&M’s Camry in Sunday’s STP Gas Booster 500. The last two weekend’s that the Las Vegas native has pulled double-duty – driving in both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. in March – have resulted in victories in both series in the same weekend, so he will be looking to pull off a third consecutive sweep at Kansas this weekend. After a tough 2012 season, Busch has returned to his winning ways early in the 2013 season, posting four Nationwide Series wins and two Sprint Sup Series wins. Now, he hopes to carry that momentum into Saturday’s 167-lap Truck Series event. The talented driver has finished in the runner-up spot in three of his last four starts in the series, giving him 21 second-place finishes in 105 career starts. Add in his 30 wins, which rank second all-time to Ron Hornaday’s 51, and he has cross the finish line first or second in an amazing 48.6% of his Truck Series starts. The 27-year-old, who registered a runner-up finish in the Truck Series season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, will be making his second Truck Series start of 2013 and just his second start in NASCAR’s third division at Kansas. Busch started 11th and finished sixth, driving his No. 18 Tundra in the 2011 Truck Series event in the “Sunflower State.” Busch returns to Kansas this weekend with an old number, a new crew chief and a brand new Tundra underneath him. This time around, he’ll be behind the wheel of the No. 51 – a number he made famous by winning several Truck Series races for Billy Ballew Motorsports from 2006 to 2009 – with Rudy Fugle as his crew chief and KBM-015 being unloaded off the hauler. He’s hoping that the mix of old and new will result in something familiar — a weekend sweep. Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 51 NCWTS Toyota Care Tundra: Are you excited to be back in your No. 51 Tundra this weekend at Kansas? “After a tough 2012 season, this year has gotten off to a great start — hopefully we can keep it going this weekend at Kansas and have strong runs in both my No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra and my No. 18 M&M’s Camry. Kansas is a track that has always been pretty challenging for me, so I’m looking forward to running in the trucks this weekend and getting some extra laps in — especially on the new surface. We had a really strong run there last year in the Nationwide race with our KBM Monster Energy Camry and if it wasn’t for an extended caution period we would’ve won that race, so maybe Kansas owes KBM one.” Will your experience having raced in both the Nationwide Series race and Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas last October give you an advantage on the Truck Series regulars? “It definitely doesn’t hurt, but I don’t think it gives me a big advantage. I only ran three truck races last year and just Daytona so far this year, so I haven’t been in a truck a lot the past couple seasons. If you look at the guys that finished near the top of the Truck Series points last season, a lot of them are back again this year — James Buescher, Ty (Dillon), (Matt) Crafton and (Joey) Coulter, who we have running for us at KBM — so there is some pretty good guys that have a lot of experience in trucks the past few seasons. With Eric (Phillips) moving up to crew chief our Nationwide Series car and taking some of the guys from our truck program with him, I basically have a brand new team to work with, so we have to make sure the communication is there. Also, we will be bringing a brand new Tundra, so we don’t have a lot of notes to work off.” Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 51 NCWTS ToyotaCare Tundra: Your team has finished in the top three in all three races this season. What are your expectations going into Kansas? “It’s been a really good start to the season for this team. With Eric (Phillips, crew chief No. 77 KBM Camry) moving up to the Nationwide Series and taking some of the guys that were going to be on this team with him, we basically built this team from scratch about a month before we went to Daytona. To come out of the box with three top-10 finishes, I couldn’t be happier with all my guys. Erik (Jones) did an awesome job the last two weeks finishing in the top 10 in his first two races being in the truck — that kid is going to be one heck of a driver. Nothing against Erik, but when Kyle is in the truck the expectations are higher — if you don’t come out of the weekend with a win, you don’t go home happy. Kyle has had a really strong start to the season, winning a bunch of Nationwide races and a couple of Cup races. Now it’s our job to provide him with a truck capable of winning on Saturday.” You’re bringing a brand-new Tundra to Kansas. What areas did KBM work on with these latest intermediate trucks? “The biggest thing that we worked on with our newest trucks is trying to get more straightaway speed out of them. We really took a look at the aero balance on these latest Tundras, trying to get the best combination of drag and downforce. With Kansas being repaved recently it is going to be really fast, so this weekend will be a really good test to see where we stack up against the rest of the series.” Kyle Busch’s No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra: KBM-015: The No. 51 ToyotaCare Racing team will be unloading a brand-new Tundra for Saturday’s SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KBM-015.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michigan brass in Bay Area for Jim Harbaugh pursuit

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.