Kyle Busch Motorsports

American stock car racing team

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Kyle Busch Motorsports
Owner(s) Kyle Busch
Samantha Busch
Base Mooresville, North Carolina
Series NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Race drivers Truck Series:
4. Chase Purdy
51. Jack Wood, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Matt Mills
Sponsors Truck Series:
4. Bama Buggies
51. Eberlestock, Zariz Transport, Logitech, Sevwins, HendrickCars.com, Rowdy Manufacturing, J.F. Electric, High Fives Foundation, True Timber Camo, Rubbin’ is Racing
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Opened 2010
Closed 2023
Career
Debut Nationwide Series:
2011 Top Gear 300 (Charlotte)
Truck Series:
2010 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
ARCA Menards Series:
2022 Lucas Oil 200 (Daytona)
ARCA Menards Series East:
2022 Race to Stop Suicide 200 (New Smyrna)
ARCA Menards Series West:
2022 General Tire 150 (Phoenix Raceway)
Latest race Nationwide Series:
2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Truck Series:
2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship Race (Phoenix)
ARCA Menards Series:
2022 Shore Lunch 200 (Toledo)
ARCA Menards Series East:
2022 Bush’s Beans 200 (Bristol)
ARCA Menards Series West:
2022 Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100 (Phoenix)
Races competed Total: 418
Nationwide Series: 67
Truck Series: 322
ARCA Series: 20
ARCA East Series: 7
ARCA West Series: 2
Drivers’ Championships Total: 3
Nationwide Series: 0
Truck Series: 2
2015, 2017
ARCA Series: 0
ARCA East Series: 1
2022
ARCA West Series: 0
Race victories Total: 113
Nationwide Series: 1
Truck Series: 100
ARCA Series: 6
ARCA East Series: 5
ARCA West Series: 1
Pole positions Total: 86
Nationwide Series: 3
Truck Series: 70
ARCA Series: 8
ARCA East Series: 3
ARCA West Series: 2

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is an American professional dirt racing team that competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. They formerly competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, CARS Tour, ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series, ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, and ARCA Menards Series West, and was also the parent company of Super Late Model chassis constructor Rowdy Manufacturing. Originally fielding Toyota Tundras since its inception, the team switched to Chevrolet Silverados beginning in 2023. The team last fielded two full-time Chevrolet Silverados: the No. 4 for Chase Purdy and the No. 51, which was driven each year by the team owner Kyle Busch along with Jack Wood and multiple Chevrolet drivers from other NASCAR series.

History[edit]

The Kyle Busch Motorsports race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina
Kyle Busch Motorsports in Mooresville

KBM was founded after Busch purchased the remaining assets of Xpress Motorsports from J.B. Scott (father of driver Brian Scott) in late 2009 as well as purchasing trucks from Roush Fenway Racing, which had closed its Truck team the previous year. Rick Ren, the crew chief on Ron Hornaday Jr.‘s 2009 championship team, would be signed as the team’s competition director. Busch had competed in the Truck Series for the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the No. 51 for Billy Ballew Motorsports with Miccosukee Indian Gaming as his primary sponsor, and had split the ride with Brian Ickler the previous year.[1]

Busch brought Ickler to the KBM stable, and signed Tayler Malsam away from Randy Moss Motorsports after he finished second in series Rookie of the Year standings to former Cup and Busch/Nationwide driver Johnny Sauter. The team ambitiously planned to run three trucks in its debut season: Busch and Ickler would split the primary truck (No. 18), Malsam was to drive a second truck for KBM, the No. 56 ActivWater/Talking Rain Tundra, and a third was to be fielded for 2008 series champion Johnny Benson if sponsorship could be found. The Miccosukee sponsorship was to carry over to Busch’s primary truck as part of an agreement with Phoenix Racing.[1] On February 7, however, the Miccosukee tribe’s new leadership pulled out of NASCAR altogether, leaving Busch’s team and Phoenix’s Cup and Nationwide series teams without sponsorship.[2] Benson would also be limited to a part-time schedule with KBM and Ballew,[3] and Malsam’s team ceased operations after only seven races.[2][4]

After operating out of the former Xpress shop for most of its first season, the team opened its new $10 million facility in Mooresville, North Carolina on October 14, 2010.[5][6]

In 2011, KBM made its first foray into the then-Nationwide Series (now NASCAR Xfinity Series) in conjunction with NEMCO Motorsports.[7] The team moved to full-time in 2012. On November 16, 2013, Busch announced that the team will not race in the Nationwide Series in 2014 due to lack of funding.[8]

In December 2014, former competition director Rick Ren (released after 2013) filed a lawsuit against the team for breach of contract, claiming the team failed to pay him a contractual bonus and 10% commissions for two sponsorship deals Ren claimed to have procured for the team, totaling US$355,000. The sponsorships in question – Central Kentucky Angus Sales for driver Parker Kligerman and Sabala Whitetail for driver Brian Scott (owned by Scott’s father J. B. Scott) – had prior associations with the drivers.[9]

On January 25, 2021, Busch announced the team’s late model program would be temporarily shut down in order to better manage his other obligations, though he did not rule out the possibility of a revival in the future.[10]

After receiving engines from Triad Racing Technologies early in its history, KBM would ultimately receive engines and technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing through 2022.[11]

After JGR and Toyota failed to secure a replacement for Busch’s departing primary sponsor Mars, Incorporated after 2022, it was reported that Busch would depart from the team and manufacturer after 15 seasons. On September 13, 2022, Busch announced that he had signed with Richard Childress Racing to drive the No. 8 in the Cup Series in 2023, returning to Chevrolet for the first time since 2007.[12] On November 4, 2022, KBM announced that Chase Purdy would pilot the No. 4 full-time in a multi-year deal beginning in 2023, the No. 51 would be shared by Busch, Jack Wood, and other TBA drivers, and a technical partnership with Rev Racing as they expanded into the Truck Series with 2022 ARCA Menards Series Champion Nick Sanchez piloting the No. 2 Chevrolet.

On September 27, 2023, it was announced that Spire Motorsports had purchased the assets of KBM, and that they would suspend their operations at the conclusion of the season, along with Busch’s manufacturing company, Rowdy Manufacturing.[13]

In February 2024, KBM sued Rev Racing for breach of contract. The lawsuit states that KBM was owed US$325,000 for bringing Nick Sanchez into the Truck Series.[14]

Nationwide Series[edit]

In May 2011, Kimi Räikkönen made his Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 87 Perky Jerky Toyota Camry. The car was fielded in an alliance between KBM and NEMCO Motorsports, guaranteeing Räikkönen a spot in the field. Räikkönen started 22nd and finished 27th, four laps down.[7][15]

Car No. 54 history[edit]

For the operations of the No. 54 team after the 2012 season, see Joe Gibbs Racing

Kurt Busch in 2012.
Kyle Busch & Kurt Busch (2012)

For 2012, KBM added a full-time Nationwide team, the No. 54 Toyota Camry. The car was split by both Kyle Busch and older brother Kurt, both with sponsorship from Monster Energy.[16] Kyle ran 22 races while Kurt ran 11. The team struggled in its initial year, winning only one race with Kurt at Richmond.[17] This was the first time in his Nationwide Series career that Kyle Busch did not score a victory over the course of a season, leading him to return to Joe Gibbs Racing‘s Nationwide program for 2013, bringing the No. 54 Toyota Camry and Monster Energy with him.[11]

Car No. 54 results[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Owners Pts
2012 Kyle Busch 54 Toyota DAY
18
PHO
11
LVS
33
BRI
17
CAL
8
TAL
2*
CLT
3
DAY
23
NHA
28
CHI
27
IND
22*
GLN
6
CGV
10
BRI
3
ATL
7
CHI
2
DOV
5
CLT
4
KAN
6
TEX
3
PHO
4
HOM
2*
8th 1122
Kurt Busch TEX
30
RCH
1
DAR
8
IOW
5
DOV
4
MCH
3
ROA
8
KEN
2
IOW
17
RCH
3
KEN
28

Car No. 77 history[edit]

Parker Kligerman (2013)
Parker Kligerman in 2013

For 2013, 22-year-old Parker Kligerman, a former development driver for Team Penske, was signed to run his first full Nationwide Series schedule in the No. 77 Toyota Camry, with sponsorship from Toyota and Bandit Chippers.[17] Despite finishing 9th in the standings, owner Busch announced after the Ford EcoBoost 300 that he would be shutting down the Nationwide team due to a lack of funding.[8]

Car No. 77 results[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Owners Pts
2013 Parker Kligerman 77 Toyota DAY
5
PHO
19
LVS
30
BRI
9
CAL
4
TEX
12
RCH
11
TAL
6
DAR
15
CLT
9
DOV
11
IOW
14
MCH
25
ROA
3
KEN
16
DAY
18
NHA
20
CHI
6
IND
18
IOW
16
GLN
6
MOH
13
BRI
35
ATL
16
RCH
36
CHI
8
KEN
29
DOV
7
KAN
7
CLT
9
TEX
13
PHO
12
HOM
7
13th 993

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

The Kyle Busch Motorsports race shop floor

Truck No. 4 history[edit]

Christopher Bell in the No. 4 at Martinsville Speedway in 2017
Erik Jones (2015)

The No. 4 Truck Began in 2015. Erik Jones began running a third KBM truck full-time after running the No. 51 part-time in 2013 and 2014. In December 2014, it was announced that the truck would be number 4.[18][19] Jones would have his best season with collecting 3 wins, 11 top-five and 20 top-ten finishes to win the championship title. Jones also collected rookie of the year honors. This would be the first driver’s championship at KBM and the third consecutive owner’s title.

Christopher Bell (2016–2017)

Christopher Bell moved into the truck full-time for 2016.[20] Bell was involved in a violent crash near the end of the season opener at Daytona. His truck gripped the track, causing the truck to go on two wheels before it launched into the air and barrel-rolled multiple times. He was credited with a 16th-place finish. He would finish the season with one win at Gateway and a 3rd-place points finish.[21] Bell returned to the truck in 2017 and won the NCWTS Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Todd Gilliland (2018–2019)

For 2018, KBM announced that Todd Gilliland would compete for Rookie of the Year honors driving the No. 4 truck for 19 races. Gilliland missed the first four of the season due to age restrictions; his father David Gilliland would drive at the season opener at Daytona and owner Kyle Busch would drive at Atlanta and Kansas. Spencer Davis raced at Las Vegas. Gilliland ran the full 2019 Truck season and won at Martinsville,[22] but was replaced by Raphaël Lessard in 2020.[23]

Raphaël Lessard (2020)

In 2020, Raphaël Lessard was tabbed to drive the 4 full time. Although he won at Talladega, his results did not allow him to keep his ride and was released from the team following the 2020 season.

John Hunter Nemechek (2021–2022)
John Hunter Nemechek in the No. 4 at Darlington Raceway in 2021

In 2021, Lessard was released and replaced with John Hunter Nemechek, who drove the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford in his rookie season in the Cup Series in 2020 but decided to leave FRM to return to the Truck Series full-time, which he previously did in 2016 and 2017 in the No. 8 truck for his family team, NEMCO Motorsports, and won four races in those two years.[24] Lessard ended up going to GMS Racing, where he would sign to drive at least 12 races for the team with hopes of a full season, depending on sponsorship. Nemechek won 5 races in 2021 and finished 4th in points. He then signed a contract extension through 2022. Nemechek will not return to the team in 2023 due to Kyle Busch Motorsports switching from Toyota to Chevrolet, as Nemechek has a contract with Toyota and not the team.[25]

Chase Purdy (2023)
Chase Purdy in the No. 4 at Daytona International Speedway in 2023

Chase Purdy will pilot the No. 4 full time in KBM’s first season with Chevrolet. On April 6, the No. 4 was docked 10 driver and owner points for illegal modifications of the engine oil reservoir tank prior to the Texas race.[26]

Truck No. 4 results[edit]

Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck No. 4
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 .mw-parser-output .tooltip-dotted{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}NCWTC Pts
2015 Erik Jones 4 Toyota DAY
2
ATL
7
MAR
3
KAN
11*
CLT
2*
DOV
3
TEX
15
GTW
23*
IOW
1*
KEN
2*
ELD
4
POC
10
MCH
3
BRI
6
MSP
1
CHI
6
NHA
7
LVS
9
TAL
4
MAR
10
TEX
1*
PHO
9*
HOM
6
1st 899
2016 Christopher Bell DAY
16
ATL
26
MAR
19
KAN
4
DOV
3
CLT
8
TEX
32
IOW
9
GTW
1
KEN
4
ELD
2
POC
10
BRI
7*
MCH
24
MSP
5
CHI
4
NHA
2
LVS
6
TAL
6
MAR
4
TEX
11
PHO
7
HOM
8
4th 4025
2017 DAY
8
ATL
1*
MAR
3*
KAN
4
CLT
3
DOV
25
TEX
1*
GTW
6
IOW
5*
KEN
1*
ELD
9
POC
1
MCH
2
BRI
7
MSP
26
CHI
3
NHA
1*
LVS
2*
TAL
2
MAR
8
TEX
3
PHO
8*
HOM
2
1st 4035
2018 David Gilliland DAY
21
11th 744
Kyle Busch ATL
21*
KAN
2
Spencer Davis LVS
13
Todd Gilliland MAR
14
DOV
10
CLT
10
TEX
6*
IOW
29
GTW
2
CHI
16
KEN
7
ELD
22
POC
7
MCH
5
BRI
5
MSP
11
LVS
27
TAL
20
MAR
12
TEX
4*
PHO
17
HOM
13
2019 DAY
19
ATL
9
LVS
7
MAR
15
TEX
14
DOV
15
KAN
3
CLT
7
TEX
27
IOW
10
GTW
2
CHI
6
KEN
17
POC
7
ELD
5
MCH
24
BRI
9
MSP
18
LVS
5
TAL
2
MAR
1
PHO
14
HOM
8
12th 723
2020 Raphaël Lessard DAY
20
LVS
30
CLT
15
ATL
18
HOM
11
POC
37
KEN
13
TEX
12
KAN
16
KAN
11
MCH
7
DAY
3
DOV
19
GTW
6
DAR
6
RCH
26
BRI
18
LVS
20
TAL
1
KAN
33
TEX
4
MAR
20
PHO
5
13th 563
2021 John Hunter Nemechek DAY
7
DAY
3
LVS
1*
ATL
3
BRI
39
RCH
1*
KAN
5
DAR
8*
COA
12
CLT
1*
TEX
1*
NSH
10
POC
1
KNX
11
GLN
2
GTW
22
DAR
2
BRI
3
LVS
33
TAL
4
MAR
39
PHO
7
3rd 4030
2022 DAY
24*
LVS
25
ATL
24
COA
2
MAR
4
BRI
3
DAR
1*
KAN
6
TEX
6
CLT
3
GTW
35
SON
8
KNX
2
NSH
9
MOH
28
POC
3
IRP
10*
RCH
2
KAN
1
BRI
12
TAL
24
HOM
35
PHO
4
5th 2285
2023 Chase Purdy Chevy DAY
17
LVS
8
ATL
7
COA
27
TEX
2
BRD
28
MAR
10
KAN
33
DAR
32
NWS
8
CLT
16
GTW
5
NSH
6
MOH
13
POC
18
RCH
22
IRP
14
MLW
6
KAN
14
BRI
8
TAL
28
HOM
10
PHO
3
11th 582

Truck No. 9 history[edit]

William Byron in the No. 9 at Dover International Speedway in 2016
William Byron (2015–2016)

In the middle of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, team owner Kyle Busch announced that Christopher Bell would drive a fourth KBM truck, numbered 52, in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway. The crew chief was announced as Wes Ward.[27] After the release of Justin Boston, however, Bell moved to the No. 54 truck at Kentucky and the No. 52 did not run.[28]

At Phoenix in November, William Byron made his debut in a fourth KBM truck numbered 9, with sponsorship from Liberty University.[29][30] Byron finished 31st after being involved in an early wreck with Brandon Jones and Cole Custer.

Byron drove the No. 9 truck full-time in 2016.[20] In his thirteenth career start, at Pocono, Byron scored his fifth win of the season, breaking Kurt Busch‘s old record for wins by a rookie Truck Series driver, with nearly half the season left to go.[31] Byron would continue to win collecting a 6th win at New Hampshire in the first race of the chase for the championship. The team suffered an engine failure with ten laps to go at the last race of the Round of 6 at Phoenix after Byron led a majority of the race, costing him his shot at the Driver’s Championship. However, Byron won the season finale at Homestead and Kyle Busch Motorsports collected the Owner’s Championship for Truck No. 9 in 2016. This was Kyle Busch Motorsports’ fourth-consecutive and fifth all-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championship.

Truck No. 9 results[edit]

Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck No. 9
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Owner Pts
2015 William Byron 9 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
31
HOM
2016 DAY
13
ATL
32
MAR
3
KAN
1
DOV
11*
CLT
10
TEX
1
IOW
1*
GTW
17*
KEN
1*
ELD
14
POC
1*
BRI
4
MCH
4
MSP
10
CHI
30
NHA
1*
LVS
5
TAL
10
MAR
8
TEX
6
PHO
27*
HOM
1
1st 4032

Truck No. 15 history[edit]

Part Time (2011)

In April 2011, KBM signed 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen to run a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series. Räikkönen and Busch planned three to five races beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.[32] The efforts were sponsored by Perky Jerky,[33] and the team used the owners points of Billy Ballew Motorsports‘ 15 team. In his debut, Räikkönen started 31st but finished a solid 15th. The deal ended due to lack of sponsorship beyond the Charlotte race.[34] Dirt late model driver Josh Richards signed to run 11 races with KBM and sponsor Joy Mining Machinery, making his debut in the No. 15 at Kentucky Speedway.[35] Richards finished 29th in his debut, then 21st at Atlanta.

Truck No. 15 results[edit]

Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck No. 15
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Owner Pts
2011 Kimi Räikkönen 15 Toyota DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT
15
KAN TEX
Josh Richards KEN
29
IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI ATL
21
CHI NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM

Truck No. 18 history[edit]

Jason Leffler in 2012.
Multiple drivers (2010–2012)

The No. 18 truck (Kyle Busch’s Sprint Cup Series number), the primary entry of KBM during their debut 2010 season, with Kyle Busch running a partial schedule and Brian Ickler running non-companion races.[1] The team would lose its Miccosukee sponsorship prior to the season,[2] replaced by Toyota, M&M’s, Interstate Batteries, Dollar General, and Traxxas. In the first seven races of the season, Busch made five starts and won twice, while Ickler finished in the top ten both of his starts. KBM lost Ickler in May when he was signed by Roush Fenway Racing to drive its No. 6 and No. 16 Nationwide Series cars on a part-time basis as part of an extended tryout with the organization. Busch announced shortly thereafter that he would split the driving duties of the No. 18 with Johnny Benson for the remainder of the year. Kyle Busch won 8 races in 16 starts, and the No. 18 truck won the owners championship in its first full-time season.

Both Ickler and Busch returned for 2011, with Kyle running 16 races and Ickler running 4. Kasey Kahne drove a single race for the No. 18 with sponsorship from Automotive Service Excellence, winning at Darlington. Josh Richards drove two races with Joy Mining Equipment. Kyle Busch scored 6 wins over the course of the season and the 18 truck finished second in the owners championship to the Kevin Harvick Incorporated No. 2 truck.[36]

For 2012, veteran Jason Leffler was signed to be the primary driver of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra. The team secured sponsorship from Dollar General for 14 races.[37] After nine starts and with a lone top-five finish to his credit, Leffler was released.[38] Finishing the season in the truck were Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Brian Scott (five races), Denny Hamlin, Drew Herring, and Kyle Busch (3 races), along with Kurt Busch.[38] Kyle Busch had previously abstained from driving in the Truck Series per a request from JGR co-owner J.D. Gibbs, following an incident the previous season.[39] Hamlin and Scott scored the team’s only wins of the season at Martinsville and Phoenix. Kyle Busch didn’t win a race for the first time in his Camping World Truck Series career.

Joey Coulter (2013)

For 2013, Busch hired former Richard Childress Racing driver Joey Coulter to drive the No. 18.[17][40] Coulter and Busch had a previous on-track altercation in 2011, leading to a physical encounter between Busch and team owner Richard Childress.[41] Coulter struggled, with only five top tens and a 15th-place points finish. With Coulter moving to GMS Racing, the No. 18 team did not run in 2014 and 2015.[42]

Multiple drivers (2016)

In late 2015, KBM announced that Cody Coughlin would pilot the No. 18 JEGS.com Toyota Tundra part-time for the 2016.[20] Coughlin ran the 18 in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway. Harrison Burton made his Truck Series debut in the No. 18 at Martinsville Speedway.[43] Kyle Busch returned to the No. 18 Truck for 4 races at Martinsville, Charlotte, Kentucky and Chicagoland. Busch won the races at Martinsville and Chicagoland. Noah Gragson ran the final 2 races of the year in the Phoenix and Homestead with sponsorship from SPEEDVEGAS. For the final 2 races of the season, the trucks were prepped by Wauters Motorsports.

Noah Gragson (2017–2018)
Noah Gragson in the No. 18 at Martinsville Speedway in 2017

It was announced in October 2016 that Noah Gragson was signed to drive the No. 18 full-time in 2017, and that he would compete for Rookie of the Year honors.[44] Gragson missed the playoffs but scored his first win at the fall Martinsville race. Gragson finished 10th in points, second highest of the non playoff drivers.

Harrison Burton (2019)

In 2019, Harrison Burton piloted the truck full-time, replacing Gragson who moved to the Xfinity Series and JR Motorsports. Burton did not win a race and finished 12th in points.[45]

Christian Eckes (2020)

When Burton was promoted to Xfinity racing in 2020,[46] Christian Eckes took over the No. 18.[47] Eckes also went winless, finishing 8th in points.

Chandler Smith (2021–2022)
Chandler Smith in the No. 18 at Sonoma Raceway in 2022

In 2021, Eckes was released and replaced with Chandler Smith, who drove the Nos. 46 and 51 part-time for the previous two seasons, and competed for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Menards Series, where he racked up nine wins in three part-time seasons. Smith won two races in 2021, but inconsistency led him to an eighth place points finish.

Smith began the 2022 season with a 21st place finish at Daytona. He scored wins at Las Vegas and Pocono to make the playoffs. During the playoffs, he won at Richmond and stayed consistent enough to make the Championship 4. Smith finished third at Phoenix and third in the standings.[48]

Smith, like his teammates, will not return to KBM in 2023, as he will drive full time for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the No. 16 Chevrolet, replacing A. J. Allmendinger.[49]

Truck No. 18 results[edit]

Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck No. 18
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Owner Pts
2010 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota DAY
22
ATL
2
NSH
1*
DOV
16*
CLT
1*
MCH
3
IRP
2
BRI
1*
CHI
1*
KEN
7*
NHA
1*
MAR
2
TAL
1
TEX
1*
PHO
2
HOM
1*
Brian Ickler MAR
3
KAN
4
IOW
13
GTY
9
NSH
8
DAR
21
LVS
7
Johnny Benson TEX
10
Kasey Kahne POC
2
2011 Kyle Busch DAY
5
PHO
1*
MAR
2
NSH
1*
DOV
1*
CLT
1
KAN
6
KEN
1*
POC
2
MCH
25
BRI
30
ATL
3
CHI
5
NHA
1*
TAL
9
TEX
33
Kasey Kahne DAR
1*
Brian Ickler TEX
4
IOW
14
KEN
5
LVS
28
Josh Richards NSH
22
IRP
22
Denny Hamlin MAR
1*
HOM
2
2012 Jason Leffler DAY
36
MAR
8
CAR
34
KAN
18
CLT
4
TEX
6
KEN
8
IOW
6
CHI
8
Brian Scott DOV
13
BRI
17
KEN
5
MAR
10
PHO
1*
Kurt Busch MCH
9
TAL
7
Kyle Busch ATL
2*
TEX
4
HOM
2
Drew Herring IOW
7
David Mayhew LVS
9
Denny Hamlin MAR
6
2013 Joey Coulter DAY
22
MAR
15
CAR
13
KAN
2
CLT
32
DOV
8
TEX
25
KEN
16
IOW
9
ELD
4
POC
4
MCH
14
BRI
11
MSP
26
IOW
25
CHI
23
LVS
13
TAL
27
MAR
12
TEX
12
PHO
26
HOM
27
2016 Cody Coughlin DAY
31
ATL
Kyle Busch MAR
1*
KAN DOV CLT
2
TEX IOW GTW KEN
30
ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI
1*
NHA LVS TAL
Harrison Burton MAR
22
TEX
Noah Gragson PHO
16
HOM
15
2017 DAY
26
ATL
15
MAR
4
KAN
28
CLT
9
DOV
9
TEX
7
GTW
9
IOW
6
KEN
5
ELD
7
POC
24
MCH
7
BRI
15
MSP
2
CHI
8
NHA
15
LVS
13
TAL
14
MAR
1
TEX
10
PHO
15
HOM
18
12th 724
2018 DAY
23
ATL
2
LVS
12
MAR
5
DOV
20
KAN
1*
CLT
8
TEX
10
IOW
2
GTW
10*
CHI
4
KEN
8*
ELD
6
MCH
4*
BRI
9
MSP
9*
LVS
18
TAL
13
MAR
7
TEX
10
PHO
2
HOM
3
2nd 4034
Erik Jones POC
2
2019 Harrison Burton DAY
18
ATL
8
LVS
5
MAR
11
TEX
31
DOV
3
KAN
10
CLT
11
TEX
5
IOW
3
GTW
16
CHI
4
KEN
3
POC
3
ELD
31
MCH
11
BRI
23
MSP
21
LVS
9
TAL
11
MAR
18
PHO
7
HOM
13
13th 707
2020 Christian Eckes DAY
22
LVS
23
CLT
14
ATL
3
HOM
8
POC
33
KEN
6
TEX
2
KAN
13
KAN
2
MCH
2
DRC
12
DOV
11
GTW
32
DAR
5
RCH
18
BRI
12
LVS
8
TAL
18
KAN
6
TEX
25
MAR
4
PHO
4
9th 2238
2021 Chandler Smith DAY
9*
DRC
12
LVS
19
ATL
35
BRD
34
RCH
4
KAN
11
DAR
27
COA
33
CLT
6
TEX
5
NSH
13*
POC
25
KNX
2*
GLN
40
GTW
28
DAR
7
BRI
1
LVS
35
TAL
19
MAR
4
PHO
1
12th 576
2022 DAY
21
LVS
1*
ATL
4
COA
5
MAR
6
BRD
19
DAR
21
KAN
4
TEX
8
CLT
8
GTW
3
SON
5
KNX
13
NSH
15
MOH
6
POC
1*
IRP
18
RCH
1*
KAN
6
BRI
9*
TAL
14
HOM
10
PHO
3
3rd 4034

Truck No. 46 history[edit]

Todd Gilliland in the No. 46 at Martinsville Speedway in 2017
Multiple Drivers (2017–2019)

In 2017, KBM formed the No. 46 team with sponsorship from Pedigree Petfoods and Banfield Pet Hospital. Todd Gilliland drove the No. 46 with Pedigree sponsorship at Dover and Martinsville, scoring a top 5 at Martinsville, finishing 5th, while Kyle Busch drove the Banfield-sponsored No. 46 at Kentucky and Bristol, winning at the latter.[50] The team returned in 2018 with Brandon Jones at Charlotte and Riley Herbst at the second Las Vegas race. The team also returned in 2019, with drivers such as Raphaël Lessard, Riley Herbst, and Chandler Smith.

Truck No. 46 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Owner Pts
2017 Todd Gilliland 46 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV
20
TEX GTW IOW MAR
5
TEX PHO HOM
Kyle Busch KEN
6
ELD POC MCH BRI
1*
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
2018 Brandon Jones DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT
3
TEX
Christian Eckes IOW
8
GTW
28
CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP MAR
9
TEX PHO
9
HOM
Riley Herbst LVS
29
TAL
2019 Raphaël Lessard DAY ATL LVS MAR
14
TEX DOV
11
BRI
12
MSP LVS TAL MAR
Riley Herbst KAN
9
CLT TEX IOW
15
Chandler Smith GTW
4
CHI KEN POC ELD MCH PHO
3
HOM

Truck No. 51 history[edit]

Erik Jones driving the No. 51 truck at Rockingham in 2013
Part-time (2011–2012)

The No. 51 was previously used by Busch at Billy Ballew Motorsports, a reverse of the team’s No. 15 and a tribute to both the late Bobby Hamilton and the film Days of Thunder. In 2011, NASCAR Corona Series champion Germán Quiroga made his first Truck Series start in the No. 51 with Telcel as a sponsor at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the New England 175. Quiroga finished a solid 16th, but 3 laps down. He would run the truck again in the season finale at Homestead, finishing 26th. Josh Richards ran four races in the No. 51 with Joy Mining Equipment, scoring a best finish of 13th at Talladega.

In July 2012, the team announced that Quiroga would return to the No. 51 truck for four races: Talladega Superspeedway on October 6, Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, Phoenix International Raceway on November 9 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, with sponship from Net10 Wireless.[51]
Denny Hamlin drove the truck at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2012, with sponsorship from Toyota and earned Kyle Busch Motorsports their first Truck Series win of the 2012 season.

Multiple drivers (2013–2023)

In 2013, the No. 51 became a full-time team, with Busch running 11 races. 16-year-old driver Erik Jones ran 5 races, while Scott Bloomquist ran the Mudsummer Classic.[52] On November 8, 2013, Jones won the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, the youngest winner of a Truck Series race at the time at 17 years, 5 months, and 9 days. Busch would go on to win the season finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway the next week. The No. 51 would win the 2013 Camping World Truck Series owner’s title, barely edging the ThorSport Racing No. 88 team of driver’s champion Matt Crafton. It was the second owner’s championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

In 2014, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones split the No. 51 truck, with Busch driving 10 races and Jones driving 12 races. Eric Phillips served as the crew chief.[53] Dollar General sponsored the truck at Kentucky, Bristol, and Chicagoland with Busch driving and at Phoenix with Jones driving.[54] Busch won the season-opener at Daytona along with his next four starts in the No. 51 truck at Kansas, Charlotte, Dover, and Kentucky. Erik Jones won at Iowa, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. The team won its second consecutive owner’s championship, with 10 wins among the two drivers.

For 2015, Busch shared the ride with JGR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Suárez, ARCA Racing Series driver Matt Tifft and late model racer Christopher Bell, while Jones will move into a third full-time ride (No. 4).[19][55][56] Busch drove the truck at Pocono, Michigan, and New Hampshire, winning at Pocono and Michigan. Bell scored a top five finish in his debut at Iowa Speedway.[27]

For 2016, Suárez split the ride with Cody Coughlin, with the two drivers slated to contest a minimum of 10 races each.[20] Suárez collected his first truck win in the 51 at Phoenix late in the season.

Owner Kyle Busch driving the No. 51 truck at Martinsville in 2019

In 2017, it was announced that multiple drivers would run the full schedule. Owner Kyle Busch ran five races with Textron Aviation as the primary sponsor.[57] It was later announced that Harrison Burton would run six races and Todd Gilliland in four.[58][59] Myatt Snider contested eight races with Louisiana Hot Sauce as the primary sponsor.[60] Busch won at Kansas and Charlotte in the truck, while Gilliland put up impressive numbers in his starts, posting a top 5 at Loudon and two top tens. Burton scored a top 5 in his last race in the truck at Martinsville, and Snider collected three top 10s in his eight starts.

KBM announced that the No. 51 would return running the full schedule with multiple drivers again in 2018. Burton returned for nine races, and owner Busch for three races. Spencer Davis was added to the team for four races, and Brandon Jones, a JGR Xfinity driver, was also added for four races, and Riley Herbst joined the team for his debut at Gateway Motorsports Park. David Gilliland was also a driver for Talladega. In 2020, the truck ran full-time with drivers Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, Riley Herbst, Brandon Jones, and Alex Tagliani. Jones picked up his first career Truck Series win at Pocono, beating eventual champion Sheldon Creed. In 2021, the truck was split between Busch, Drew Dollar, Corey Heim, Brian Brown, Parker Chase and Martin Truex Jr. Brown, Dollar, Chase, and Heim were all making their series debuts. Busch won at Atlanta and Truex won at Bristol Dirt.

The No. 51 would run the full season again in 2022, with Corey Heim running most of the races, winning 2 so far, Kyle Busch ran 5 and won at Sonoma Raceway. Buddy Kofoid would also run 2 dirt events at Bristol Motor Speedway and Knoxville Raceway.

For the team’s first season with Chevrolet, the No. 51 will return as the multi-driver truck in 2023 with Busch running five races and Jack Wood running a minimum of 10 races. Busch scored a win at Las Vegas.[61] On April 6, the No. 51 was docked 10 driver and owner points for illegal modifications of the engine oil reservoir tank prior to the Texas race.[26] Busch scored the team’s 100th win at Pocono.[62]

Truck No. 51 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Owner Pts
2011 Josh Richards 51 Toyota DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI
17
ATL CHI KEN
34
LVS TAL
13
MAR
28
TEX
Germán Quiroga NHA
16
HOM
26
2012 DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW CHI POC MCH BRI ATL IOW KEN LVS TAL
8
MAR TEX
28
PHO
24
HOM
15
Denny Hamlin MAR
1
2013 Kyle Busch DAY
2
KAN
27
CLT
1*
DOV
1
KEN
3
MCH
2
BRI
1
CHI
1*
TAL
10
TEX
28
HOM
1
Erik Jones MAR
9
CAR
9
IOW
2
IOW
9
PHO
1*
Chad Hackenbracht TEX
26
POC
15
MSP
2
LVS
17
Scott Bloomquist ELD
25
Denny Hamlin MAR
6
2014 Kyle Busch DAY
1
KAN
1*
CLT
1*
DOV
1*
KEN
1*
MCH
5
BRI
24
MSP CHI
1*
TEX
1*
HOM
4
1st 857
Erik Jones MAR
18
TEX
11
GTW
23
IOW
1*
ELD
29
POC
6
MSP
3
NHA
7
LVS
1
TAL
6
MAR
4
PHO
1*
2015 Daniel Suárez DAY
9
ATL
4
MAR
6
KAN
6
DOV
2
TEX
2
KEN
4
BRI
30
CHI
4
MAR
16
TEX
2
PHO
4
HOM
30
7th 774
Matt Tifft CLT
8
GTW
25
ELD
21
MSP
23
LVS
19
TAL
23
Christopher Bell IOW
5
Kyle Busch POC
1*
MCH
1*
NHA
11
2016 Daniel Suárez DAY
28
ATL
31
MAR
18
DOV
2
CLT
23
IOW
6
KEN
11
BRI
29
CHI
11
MAR
6
TEX
5
PHO
1
HOM
6
13th 406
Cody Coughlin KAN
27
TEX
12
ELD
19
POC
13
MCH
20
NHA
20
LVS
17
TAL
31
Erik Jones GTW
5
Gary Klutt MSP
11
2017 Myatt Snider DAY
10
TEX
16
KEN
16
CHI
10
LVS
28
TAL
3
TEX
12
HOM
12
4th 4025
Kyle Busch ATL
26
KAN
1*
CLT
1*
POC
25*
MCH
3*
Harrison Burton MAR
13
DOV
13
IOW
11
ELD
15
BRI
18
MAR
4
Todd Gilliland GTW
21
MSP
11
CHI NHA
3
PHO
7
2018 Spencer Davis DAY
7
ATL
13
TEX
9
MCH
22
7th 2238
Kyle Busch LVS
1*
CLT
2
POC
1*
Harrison Burton MAR
8
DOV
5
IOW
3
MSP
13
MAR
8
TEX
6
PHO
3*
HOM
11
Brandon Jones KAN
9
CHI
5
KEN
4
LVS
26
Riley Herbst GTW
8
Logan Seavey ELD
8
Christopher Bell BRI
28
David Gilliland TAL
3
2019 Christian Eckes DAY
22
GTW
14*
POC
4
ELD
6
MCH
15
LVS
3
MAR
17
HOM
3
1st 4034
Kyle Busch ATL
1*
LVS
1*
MAR
1*
TEX
1*
CLT
1*
Brandon Jones DOV
13
KAN
5
CHI
2
KEN
23
PHO
2
Greg Biffle TEX
1
Chandler Smith IOW
8
BRI
2
Alex Tagliani MSP
2
Riley Herbst TAL
3
2020 Riley Herbst DAY
12
6th 2243
Kyle Busch LVS
1*
CLT
2
ATL
21*
HOM
1*
TEX
1*
Brandon Jones POC
1
KAN
14
KAN
8
MAR
17
Chandler Smith KEN
22
MCH
38
DOV
20
GTW
23
DAR
23
RCH
12
BRI
5
LVS
5
TAL
3
KAN
5
TEX
21
PHO
3
Alex Tagliani DAY
22
2021 Drew Dollar DAY
10
CLT
20
TEX
33
NSH
24
BRI
34
LVS
24
TAL
35
PHO
18
10th 2090
Parker Chase DAY
23
Kyle Busch LVS
2
ATL
1
RCH
2
KAN
1
POC
2
Martin Truex, Jr. BRI
1
Corey Heim DAR
23
GLN
13
MAR
11
Parker Chase COA
18
Brian Brown KNX
8
Derek Griffith GTW
26
Dylan Lupton DAR
31
2022 Corey Heim DAY
32
ATL
1
DAR
23
KAN
33
TEX
7
GTW
1
NSH
33
MOH
26
POC
4
IRP
5
RCH
5
KAN
7
BRI
10
TAL
26
HOM
5
PHO
7
7th 2262
Kyle Busch LVS
2
COA
3
MAR
3
CLT
7
SON
1
Buddy Kofoid BRI
27
KNX
11
2023 Jack Wood Chevy DAY
27
ATL
10
TEX
9
CLT
18
GTW
29
NSH
30
MOH
31
IRP
18
KAN
16
BRI
36
TAL
14
HOM
12
PHO
27
10th 2105
Kyle Busch LVS
1*
COA
2
MAR
3
KAN
7
POC
1
William Byron BRD
3
DAR
4
NWS
11
Matt Mills RCH
5
MLW
25

Truck No. 54 history[edit]

Darrell Wallace Jr.‘s 2013 truck
Bubba Wallace (2013–2014)

In 2013, Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. ran the full season in the No. 54 Toyota with sponsorship from ToyotaCare and Camping World/Good Sam Club. Wallace won his first race at Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 200, and would finish 8th in points.[63]

In 2014, Wallace ran his second full-time season in the No. 54. In June, Wallace won the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Three weeks later, he battled Kyle Larson and Ron Hornaday Jr. for the win at Eldora Speedway. Wallace Jr. held off a hard charging Larson, who wrecked his car trying to catch him, and beat Hornaday by a 5.489-second margin to win the second annual Mudsummer Classic.[64] Wallace switched to the No. 34 for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville in tribute to Wendell Scott,[65] and led the most laps en route to his second straight victory in the race. Wallace won his final race with KBM, the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, beating Larson again to earn his first non-short track victory.[66] Wallace’s four wins along with nine top fives and 14 top tens led to a third-place finish in points.[63]

Multiple Drivers (2015)

Former ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year and Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Justin Boston signed to run the full 2015 season in the No. 54.[19][67] After nine races and while sitting 12th in the points standings, Boston left the team.[28] Initial reports stated that Boston and KBM parted ways due to lack of performance and requests for internal changes by Boston not being met.[28] A later report, however, stated that KBM released Boston due to sponsor Zloop breaching its agreement with the team. The company had initially signed on to be the primary sponsor, but only appeared in two races.[67][68] KBM would later sue Boston and Zloop (owned by Boston’s father) for $4.025 million in defaulted payments.[69][70] Boston was replaced by Toyota development driver Christopher Bell at Kentucky,[28] where he was involved in a crash. In his next start, however, Bell battled with rookie Bobby Pierce at Eldora Speedway and won the race after a Green White Checkered finish. It was the second consecutive Eldora win for the No. 54 team.[71][72] Matt Tifft drove the truck at Pocono, finishing eighth. JGR development driver Cody Coughlin was signed to drive the truck at Michigan, with backing from family sponsor JEGS.[73] Kyle Busch drove the 54 at Bristol. Gray Gaulding drove the No. 54 in three races, with sponsorship from Krispy Kreme.[74]

Truck No. 54 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Owner Pts
2013 Bubba Wallace 54 Toyota DAY
12
MAR
5
CAR
27
KAN
7
CLT
27
DOV
10
TEX
6
KEN
28
IOW
8
ELD
7
POC
7
MCH
21
BRI
28
MSP
4
IOW
5
CHI
11
LVS
5
TAL
17
MAR
1*
TEX
7
PHO
20
HOM
15
2014 DAY
26
MAR
2
KAN
15
CLT
26
DOV
16
TEX
10
GTW
1*
KEN
2
IOW
13
ELD
1*
POC
8
MCH
11*
BRI
2
MSP
12
CHI
6
NHA
2
LVS
2*
TAL
9
TEX
26
PHO
6
HOM
1
4th 799
34 MAR
1*
2015 Justin Boston 54 DAY
29
ATL
16
MAR
10
KAN
7
CLT
9
DOV
25
TEX
8
GTW
27
IOW
11
13th 712
Christopher Bell KEN
17
ELD
1*
LVS
14
TAL
13
TEX
8
HOM
25
Matt Tifft POC
8
CHI
9
PHO
8
Cody Coughlin MCH
20
Kyle Busch BRI
2
Gray Gaulding MSP
11
NHA
10
MAR
21

Truck No. 56 history[edit]

Part Time (2010)

The 2010 season started with Tayler Malsam in the No. 56 Toyota Tundra. Early in the season after seven races, it was announced that Malsam was signed by Braun Racing to take over in their No. 10 Toyota in the Nationwide Series. With no driver or sponsorship, the No. 56 team shut down immediately.[2]

Truck No. 56 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Owner Pts
2010 Tayler Malsam 56 Toyota DAY
17
ATL
13
MAR
14
NSH
17
KAN
22
DOV
20
CLT
13
TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP POC NSH DAR BRI CHI KEN NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

Car No. 18 history[edit]

In 2022, KBM fielded the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Sammy Smith and Drew Dollar in the ARCA Series.

ARCA Menards Series East[edit]

Car No. 18 history[edit]

In 2022, KBM fielded the No. 18 Toyota Camry full time for Sammy Smith.

ARCA Menards Series west[edit]

Car No. 18 history[edit]

In 2022, Sammy Smith drove the No. 18 Toyota Camry at season opener and season ending both at Phoenix. Smith won the season ending.

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