NASCAR Sprint cup driver and 2009 Nationwide champion Kyle Busch has made it official: He will become a Camping World Truck owner starting in 2010.
Busch has made a commitment to bring two teams to the series, with a third team once sponsorship is secured.
The team which will carry the Kyle Busch Motorsports moniker will run the Toyota Tundra with full time driver Tayler Malsam in the No. 56 Talking Rain sponsored Toyota, along with Brian Ickler who will share driving duties in the No. 18 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Toyota with Busch, whenever the race schedules conflict with his Sprint cup commitment.
Johnny Benson who is a past truck series champion, is set to run the third Toyota full-time once sponsorship negotiations are all finalized.
“For this year, I’ve been working with my Late Model teams across the country and racing here or there and I felt like working with KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and those guys,” said Busch.
“The next logical step for me to move up in my racing career and what I wanted to do, ownership-wise, was the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For us this year, we’re looking forward to being able to house two full-time truck teams in the Camping World Truck Series -- myself in the Miccosukee Resorts Tundra and Tayler Malsam in the No. 56 Talking Rain Tundra.”
Busch also added that, “I’m really excited about the driver lineup. We have Tayler Malsam, a young 20-year-old driver who I feel like has got a lot of potential and a lot of drive just like myself," said Busch.
"We’re also looking at Brian Ickler, who has been racing for my Late Model team, racing in the ARCA Series this past season and racing in the Truck Series last year as well. I feel like there’s a lot of potential in Brian, in order to bring him along.”
Rick Ren who took over the Director of Competition for Busch after leaving Kevin Harvick Inc. as Ron Hornaday’s crew chief, spoke about his move to the newly formed truck team.
“I’ve been traveling a lot the last few years and this move back to a race facility in Mooresville, North Carolina is closer to home. I can spend a little more time at home. Then you’ve got to look at the opportunity that’s here," said Ren.
"People can work their whole career in different businesses all across the country and to have an opportunity at any time to make a move like this is just something you didn’t want to turn down.”
Ren also added that, "I've been involved in some other start-up, ground-floor programs, but not of this magnitude. It's a great opportunity for me and everyone who will be a part of Kyle Busch Motorsports."
Busch who will work out of the Xpress Motorsports shop that he just recently acquired which is located in Mooresville, N.C., also has the full-support from his Sprint cup team owner Joe Gibbs.
“Joe (Gibbs, team owner, Joe Gibbs Racing) and J.D. (Gibbs, President, Joe Gibbs Racing) were very supportive in the whole act. I feel like they have really come to me and have taken me by the arm and helped lead me into this ownership role. Being able to have J.D. give me some of the Joe Gibbs Racing resources in order to help our team out as well,” said Busch.
“We’re going to be able to utilize some of their pit crew, like their pit crew coaches to come coach our guys, we’re going to utilize some of their in-shop stuff -- chassis structure, builds, CNC machine work, transmissions, gears -- stuff like that."
"Really, they’ve been instrumental in helping me and bringing us along so we can kind of take some of the expense of what it costs to operate and lower those and have the help of those guys. They’ve been really positive about the whole thing and I appreciate their support.”
Busch, is the second Sprint cup driver along with Kevin Harvick to take ownership in a series that has seen some very exciting head to head racing in the past, and the dedication that they have shown should only help to bring the popularity of truck racing to a whole different level.