CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Busch Brothers Battle In Trucks For First Time
Siblings Kurt and Kyle Busch will face off in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time in Friday night’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200. The elder Busch will be driving the No. 51 Chevrolet owned by Billy Ballew, who last competed full-time in the series in 2010. Ironically, Kyle Busch won 16 times in Ballew’s equipment – four of them coming at Atlanta in 2005 and 2007-09.
Kyle Busch will drive his own No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, in which Kurt Busch finished ninth earlier this month in Michigan. He has not competed in the series since Nov. 4, 2011, at Texas Motor Speedway, a race in which an incident with Ron Hornaday Jr. resulted in Busch’s suspension from competition for the remainder of the NASCAR weekend.
Opportunity For Bonus Points Winding Down
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series closes in on the second half of the season, the championship contenders yearn for the opportunity to collect bonus points when it matters most. James Buescher has collected three wins this season, all on a 1.5-mile track. Timothy Peters, the most recent truck series winner, has yet to collect a 1.5-mile victory in his career. Peters holds a 17-point lead over Buescher after leading all 200 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway.
But who else could be part of the equation this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway? Nelson Piquet Jr. and Justin Lofton both collected their first truck series win at Michigan and Charlotte, respectively. But what about Red Horse Racing’s newest member, Parker Kligerman? Kligerman has posted two top-five finishes in the past two races, moving up two positions in the championship points standings, tied for fourth. With 10 different winners in 13 races, the field might be looking at a new contender in Victory Lane.
Atlanta-Based Sponsor Brings Excitement For Gale
After capturing his first career truck series pole at Bristol, Cale Gale and his Rheem Chevrolet are full steam ahead. The Atlanta-based company is a full-time primary sponsor for the rookie of the year contender at Eddie Sharp Racing. The Mobile, Ala., native will make his first truck series start at the 1.54-mile race track of Atlanta. His best finish this season came on a 1.5-mile at Chicagoland Speedway, where he brought home a sixth-place finish.