It goes without saying that Kyle Busch's domination in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has grabbed plenty of headlines.
In 70-career truck races, he has won a staggering 16 times. And of the tracks he has raced at, perhaps nowhere has he been as successful as he has been at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In five races at AMS, Busch has won four times and has finished in the top ten in all five races.
"It just seems to fit. We've run well every time we've run there," said
Busch who won last March's American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "You've got to run trucks a little bit loose, and at Atlanta they get loose and I just seem to be able to run well like that."
But on March 6 when the Truck Series arrives in Atlanta, the Atlanta 200 will have a different feel for Busch. That's because Busch will arrive at AMS not only as a driver, but also as an owner. During the offseason, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced plans to compete in the truck series with two-full time entries, with Tayler Malsam driving full-time and Busch and Brian Ickler splitting time in the other entry.
So unlike in the past, Busch won't be driving for Georgia-based Billy Ballew Motorsports when he arrives at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the very team he has won all 16 truck victories for. He'll be driving for himself. Now, Busch will be trying to dominate at Atlanta Motor Speedway on his own.
"This year will be a little bit different with my own stuff," Busch said. "We're looking forward to it."
Taking a page from his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner Joe Gibbs, Busch has made surrounding himself with quality people a priority for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
He lured away Kevin Harvick Inc.'s Rick Ren, who was crew chief for two of the past three Truck Series championships with Ron Hornaday driving, to be Kyle Busch Motorsports' competition director.
Ironically, Kevin Harvick Inc. is the most successful effort in the Truck Series backed by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Harvick's team has grown from a small, part-time operation in 2001 to a team with two Truck Series championships to its credit that also competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
"It's been crazy so far just trying to get everything going and put together," Busch said. "Things have been going together well, we've got a lot of excitement going into the year."
And if the excitement carries over to Victory Lane for Busch, the Las Vegas native will have claimed his fifth Truck Series win at Atlanta in only six starts.
For more information on the Atlanta 200 or to purchase tickets to any event during the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.