Since becoming a Toyota-powered competitor in 2008, Kyle Busch has provided the manufacturer with a remarkable 84 victories across NASCAR's top three series, most notably, their first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March of 2008. In Friday night's NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Busch will be looking to put his No. 51 Toyota Care Tundra into victory lane and celebrate another milestone win with Toyota, their 100th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.
After running just three Truck Series races in 2012, Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) owner-driver has increased his schedule to 10 events in 2013, all with sponsorship from Toyota Care - - the complimentary maintenance plan provided with the purchase or lease of every new Toyota. In his three events last season, the Las Vegas native scored two runner-up finishes and a fourth-place result.
Over 10 seasons as a competitor in the Truck Series, all limited schedules, the 27-year-old driver has registered 30 career victories, which trails only Ron Hornaday's series-leading 51 wins. Busch's career Truck Series Driver Rating of 119.3 and Average Finish of 7.4 rank first all-time among Truck Series drivers. With 20 runner-up finishes to go along with his 30 wins, he has finished in the top two in 48.1% of his 104 career starts in NASCAR's third division.
Getting Toyota to victory lane is something that Busch has become accustomed to the last five seasons. He has contributed the most individual wins for Toyota in each of NASCAR's top three series, registering 20 of their 49 career Sprint Cup Series victories, 40 of their 74 Nationwide Series victories and 24 of their 99 Camping World Truck Series victories. In addition to his 24 wins as a Tundra driver, Busch's has been a part of four additional Toyota Truck Series wins as an owner, with Kasey Kahne (1), Denny Hamlin (2) and Brian Scott (1) all registering victories for KBM.
After a rough 2012 season, Busch will be looking to get off to a fast start in all three series in 2013. There would be no better way to start off the 2013 season then being able to reward Toyota for their support of his No. 51 Tundra by taking care of their 100th Truck Series win Friday night.