The Camping World Truck Series joins the Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr. will be joined by “the boss,” Kyle Busch, in the Michigan National Guard 200 on Saturday, August 17th.
Coulter, who will help with the launch of Fox Sports 1 (formerly SPEED) for the second-straight Truck Series race, has had two consecutive top five finishes in the No. 18 Toyota Tundra and moved from 13th to 11th in points with the two solid finishes. At Michigan, he has two top 10 finishes in two Truck Series starts; he also has four top 10 finishes in four ARCA Racing Series starts at the 2-mile oval.
“Michigan is definitely a track that I enjoy going to,” said Coulter on the KBM website. “With the new pavement it’s one of those tracks that are just fun to drive and it suits my driving style. It’s a fast, multiple groove race track that makes for a good show for the fans and fun for me as a driver. With all that we learned there last year, I’m looking forward to getting back there this year. We have had a couple strong runs the last few weeks and these summer months have always been good for me, so I’m ready to get back to work and continue our momentum.”
Wallace Jr. makes his first career start at Michigan in the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota. “I’m excited,” said Wallace Jr. “Michigan is another track that I haven’t been to yet. We’ll spend practice learning and hopefully we can figure it out quick like we did in Pocono and be fast for the race. We have a brand new Toyota Tundra built for this race and I am very excited. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys have been working really hard and I’ve been here (at KBM) helping them get the final adjustments made before we load up and head on to Michigan.”
Wallace Jr. has a string of three top 10 finishes going into Michigan.
Busch, driving the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota in the Truck Series race, has five top 10 finishes in six starts in the series at MIS – three of which were runner-up finishes. The owner/driver has yet to break into the win column at Michigan in the Truck Series, but has wins in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series at the track.
“It’s a fun place to race,” said Busch. “It’s a wide racetrack and you can run from top to bottom, which makes it exciting for both the drivers and the fans. With the repave, the trucks were really fast there last year and you saw the draft come into play a little bit. We had the fastest truck last year with my brother Kurt driving, it just ended up coming down to some pit strategy at the end and four or five guys stretched it and made it. Pretty much the same story with how my history in the trucks at Michigan has gone – I’ve had good runs, but haven’t been able to get a win. I think I’ve finished second two or three times and we’ve led a bunch of laps, but for whatever reason didn’t get to Victory Lane. We’re looking to change that this weekend and get another win with this ToyotaCare Tundra team.”
Qualifying for the Michigan National Guard 200 gets underway Saturday at 9:35 a.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 12:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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