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KBM Adds Trio of Young Drivers to Complete Truck Roster

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

Kyle Busch Motorsports adds three more up-and-coming drivers to complete their formidable line-up. Brandon Jones, Spencer Davis, and Riley Herbst will each have the opportunity to drive a KBM Toyota Tundra in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Jones will make four starts in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra, with his debut coming at Kansas Speedway. He will also make appearances at Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s second Truck race in September. KBM will field a fourth truck, the No. 46 Tundra at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Jones.

Jones has 35 starts in the Truck Series with a best finish of second (three times). He has seven top fives and 15 top-10s. The five Truck races compliment Jones’ NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing.

“I have always wanted to be a part of Kyle Busch Motorsports, ever since they started the team and began racing at the late model level,” Jones said. “It’s amazing what they have done with Toyota over the years and how they’ve turned the organization into a championship-caliber team. I hope that I’m able to add some Camping World Truck Series wins to their legacy and to my list of accomplishments while racing with KBM this year.”

Davis, like Jones, will also have four starts in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra. He will compete in the first two races of the season at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. His next opportunities behind the wheel of the No. 51 will come at Texas Motor Speedway in June and Michigan Speedway. Davis will also drive the No. 4 Tundra in the Spring race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Davis has seven ARCA Racing Series starts, including a third-place finish in his debut at Talladega Superspeedway. He also has 20 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts with one victory, nine top-fives, 13 top-10s, and one pole position.

“KBM is an established organization that has a history of producing winners and hopefully I can add my name to the list,” Davis said. “When you get behind the wheel of one of their Tundras it puts a lot of weight on your shoulders because you know the equipment is capable of winning and it’s up to the driver to get the job done. I’ve got five shots to get to victory lane this year and I feel like that’s enough to make it happen.”

Herbst will round out KBM’s line-up with just two starts in 2018. He will command the No. 51 Tundra at Gateway Motorsports Park and the No. 46 Tundra at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September.

Herbst earned the 2017 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year honors despite missing the season-opener at Daytona because of his age. He earned one victory at Pocono Raceway, six top-fives, 10 top-10s, and one pole position. Herbst will return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2018 for Joe Gibbs Racing.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to advance to the next level and run a few races in the Camping World Truck Series in a Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra this season,” Herbst said.  “It’s pretty cool to join my fellow Las Vegas natives Noah Gragson, and of course Kyle at KBM, and I can’t wait to race in front of my hometown crowd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September. I’m going to do everything I can to make the most of the opportunity and hopefully be able to get to victory lane.”

Now KBM is set to continue their legacy of driver development as they prepare for the young talents of Davis, Herbst, and Jones.

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Seth Eggert is a college student that has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors his peers in multiple subjects.