Replacing Kyle Busch in the No. 51 Miccosukee Resorts Toyota would make just about anyone nervous and worry about living up to the Rowdy One's dominating ways in trucks.
But rookie Brian Ickler believes he's ready for the challenge.
He will be making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, on Saturday at Kansas Speedway in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250.
Ickler, 23, is a tremendously talented driver, that's been rising up the NASCAR ranks and it's exciting to see him get the opportunity in trucks.
He's been racing the last couple of years in the NASCAR Camping World Series East and West, winning seven races and it's exciting to see him get the opportunity in trucks.
It's his first race in a truck at Kansas. So Ickler's goal is to stay out of trouble, log laps and even a top 20 finish or better would be a good finish in his debut.
"We went to Rockingham Speedway to shakedown the truck a little and get more comfortable with the feel," said Ickler.
"They are definitely a different drive. We had a great day, Doug (George crew chief) and I already work well together so I know that will help."
While it's the first of ten races for him in trucks their'll be a learning curve for him, getting used to how the trucks handle and more importantly taking care of the splitter.
Really believe maybe this is a try out for the newly forming Kyle Busch Motorsports, with good results with the No. 51 it could possibly turn into a full-time ride.
I really like Ickler, he's loaded with talent and he'll be a great addition to the talent pool already in the Truck Series.
Ickler will also be driving for KBM, in the Rattler CRA Super Series event at South Alabama Speedway in April.
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