By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Kyle Busch has won just about everywhere and in everything. However, he has never won in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at his home track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch’s only start at the 1.5-mile tri-oval came in 2001 while driving for Roush Racing at the age of 16.
The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion will be running all three races in the Las Vegas triple header. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Stratosphere 200 on Friday night, he will be driving the No. 51 Cessna Toyota Tundra. Busch has just two victories at his home track, one in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2009, and the other in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2016.
Busch is also looking for his 50th career win in the Truck Series. Standing at 49 victories, he is two behind the mark left by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday, Jr. With Busch being limited to five starts total in the Truck Series, he has just four chances to rewrite the record books. He finished 21st at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend.
“I’m certainly looking forward to getting back to Vegas, I always do,” Busch said. “This year it’s going to mean a little bit more, be a little bit more important to kind of focus on the right things in your race car to be good. It certainly is a race track that I try to enjoy and run well at, but more importantly win at. I’ve only been able to do that once in 2009 in Cup and once in 2016 in Xfinity. I’d certainly like to be able to get back to those winning ways there of being able to have a fast race car and figure out what it takes to get around there well. It’s the hometown race and I’ll be running all three with the triple out there, so it will be chaotic doing all that. I’m certainly looking forward to that and the challenge it presents.”
Busch has won 49 of his 141 career Truck Series starts, a winning percentage of 34.7. He also has a finished inside the top-two in 73 of those starts, a percentage of 51.7. With 183 career wins across NASCAR’s three National Series, he sits second only to Richard Petty in total victories.
Busch is also one of only three drivers to currently have 100 combined victories or more in NASCAR’s three National Series. Joining Kyle Busch on that exclusive list are Richard Petty and David Pearson. Kevin Harvick is the closest among active drivers to joining that list with 99 victories across the National Series.