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Kyle Busch Motorsports Expands Youthful Line-Up

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In continuing with the trend of driver announcements over the past couple of weeks, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced the addition of three young drivers to their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver line-up in 2018.

Spencer Davis and Brandon Jones will each run five events for the organization, while Riley Herbst with compete in a pair of races.

Davis will make his truck series debut this year, following four top-10’s in seven ARCA Racing Series starts last year. He also recorded one top-five and two top-10’s in three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2017. 

“We saw Spencer have success last year at Talladega and the mile-and-a-half tracks that were a part of his part-time ARCA Series schedule and we feel that he’ll be able to continue that success running a similar schedule for us at KBM in the Truck Series this year,” Kyle Busch said. “He’s one of those kids that just loves to race and has gained experience racing several different types of vehicles in a variety of series. It’s hard to believe that he’s only 19 because he’s been competing in some of the same bigger Super Late Model races where I raced since 2012.”

Davis’ first race with KBM will come at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra on February 16. He will then also run the second event of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24, before competing next at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8, and Michigan International Speedway on August 11. He will also drive the No. 4 Toyota Tundra at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2.

“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.”

Jones has been impressive to date, scoring 15 top-10 finishes in 35 career series starts, with a career-best second on three different occasions, most recently at Kentucky Speedway. He will be competing full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018.

“Brandon has come so close to picking up his first Truck Series win the last few seasons and we know that his day is coming,” Busch said. “With running a limited schedule at KBM this year, it’ll be a big help that he’s already worked with Mike Hillman Jr., (crew chief). They know what to expect from each other and we are confident that they’ll be competing for wins in the four races they have together this year.”

Jones’ first race with KBM will come at Kansas Speedway on May 11 behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra. He will then drive the No. 51 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 29, Kentucky Speedway on July 12, Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 14. He will also compete in the No. 46 Toyota Tundra at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18.  

“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.”

Herbst will be making his truck series debut after winning the ARCA Racing Rookie of the Year in 2017 after posting one win, one pole, 203 laps led, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes for Joe Gibbs Racing; he placed fifth in the year-end rankings despite missing an event. 

“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.”

Herbst’s first event will come at Gateway Motorsports Park in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra on June 23, before driving the No. 46 Tundra at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 14.

“Riley did a nice job as a rookie in the ARCA Series picking up a win, running up front, and consistently finishing inside the top 10,” Busch said. “I’m excited to be giving another Las Vegas kid the opportunity to race in the Truck Series at KBM — especially knowing how special it’s going to be for him to race in front of all his friends and family at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this year.”

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.