Kurt Busch driving #18 for KBM at Michigan

Kurt Busch will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start since 2001 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Busch takes over for Jason Leffler who was released by the team on Tuesday.

Leffler joined Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) over the winter and the team had planned to run him full time in the No. 18 truck. A few weeks KBM announced that Drew Herring would drive the truck in Iowa while Brian Scott was announced as the driver for the upcoming race at Bristol.

“How things have played out this season are not Jason’s fault — we’ve had some bad luck and a few other misfortunate happenings — but when it comes down to it, the #18 team has not performed to the standards we’ve become accustomed to and we owe it to our manufacturer and our sponsors to produce better results,” KBM owner Kyle Busch said.

Busch has seen the results of his No. 18 truck suffer since he stopped driving it for a majority of the CWTS schedule. Busch opened up a Nationwide Series team and has been sharing time in the seat with his older brother Kurt.

In 9 starts for KBM Leffler managed just one top five finish. Leffler was expected to compete for the truck series title. He was replaced by Scott for the Dover race and Denny Hamlin at Pocono.

Kurt is currently driving the No. 51 car for Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I am sure the 18 truck expects to win when they put Brian Scott in the truck…. Hamlin couldn’t even win in the truck. Maybe now they’ll actually put money into the team and ride…. The truck and team Leffler had wasnt what Kyle had for himself….out of the Races he was in he blew up ran out of gas was wrecked and had quite a few other mishaps by the crew and still managed to get to top 10 in the races he could finish.

  2. I saw Kurt Bush run the truck race at Michigan yesterday. I am not a major fan of his,but his driving was spectacular. The only other driver who was even close, was Nelson P.who won. Honestly, I believe that Bush would have —-if he would have had a better pit stop. He fought his way back to a top 10 finish.Not bad,for someone who hadn’t run a truck race since 2001.

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