KBM Reaches New Milestone
With six years of Camping World Truck Series competition under their belts, Kyle Busch Motorsports is making themselves right at home.
The organization reached a new milestone on Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway – scoring their 51st victory as a team when William Byron took the checkered flag. As a result, Kyle Busch is now the winningest truck owner in the series, surpassing the 50-win mark set by Kevin Harvick Incorporated.
“This is a special moment,” Busch said. “It’s really, really cool. To me, what makes it most special is how we’ve done it in such a short period.”
While the organization initially began with Busch running his equipment, it has since grown to field three trucks on a weekly basis with up-and-coming drivers behind the wheels. Notably, both Byron and Christopher Bell are in the midst of their first full seasons in the series.
“I can’t say enough about this organization,” Byron said. “It’s so awesome to have Kyle (Busch, owner) and Samantha’s support, Toyota’s support with great Toyota Tundras and great JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing Engines) tonight. It’s a dream come true to get a win like this. It just keeps going, I have a great team behind me. I have to thank Liberty University and everyone that puts it together.”
Byron has won four of this year’s 10 races and is locked into the first Truck Series Chase for the Championship. Busch said the rookie has been impressive to watch, and he looks forward to the future.
The success Byron has experienced so far this year is similar to Erik Jones’ performance over the past couple of years, showcasing KBM’s ability to hone young talent. The stable of young drivers has grown as a result of the veteran leadership Busch put in place. Notables include Eric Phillips, who recently moved up to the XFINITY Series with Joe Gibbs Racing, Bell’s crew chief Jerry Baxter as well Rick Ren who helped get them off the ground.
“It’s been a lot of fun, it’s been a lot trying times, it’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears by both my wife and myself and all these guys that are on this team now and all the people that have been a part of Kyle Busch Motorsports in the years past,” Busch said. “We wouldn’t be here without all them.”
One of the mainstays is Rudy Fugle, crew chief for Byron, who has spent the past four years working at KBM. He feels the organization is the best team he’s worked for.
“The competitiveness, always wanting to win just like this guy next to me (Kyle Busch), but also it’s just a great place to work,” Fugle said. “They take care of their employees, and we have great people back at the shop and everyone that comes to the track. I have an amazing race team that works with us. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished.
“This is our fourth year together that I’ve led it, and it’s amazing – three championships, the championship we’re up against and we’re getting ready to do another one.”
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