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Kyle Busch Purchases Truck Series Team

kbtexas1Kyle Busch announced today that he is becomming a Camping World Truck Series team owner with the purchase of the assets of Xpress Motorsports.

Xpress’ driver, Brian Scott, is leaving the team to compete for Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series next season.

The newly formed Kyle Busch Motorsports is planning on fielding multiple Toyotas in the series. Busch, who drove part time for Billy Ballew Motorsports last season, winning seven races, will drive for his own team with Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts as a full-time sponsor. He will share that ride with Brian Ickler. Tayler Malsam will also drive a second KBM Toyota full time.

Busch would also like to field a Toyota for Johnny Benson, if sponsorship can be secured. Exide Batteries was rumored as a potential sponsor. In 2008, Benson won the Camping World Truck Series championship, but he did not compete in the full 2009 season, as sponsorship for his truck could not be found [1].

Busch said:

My single biggest reason for doing this was just the pure love for the sport and enjoyment of being where I’m at and having the opportunity to help the young drivers and hopefully to get Johnny in a truck. … When I feel like this program develops into something that it’s really proud of, that I’m really proud of, then maybe it’ll be a Nationwide program that comes next.

Rick Ren, who recently left Kevin Harvick Inc [2], will serve as director of competition at KBM. He and Busch are working to hire crew chiefs for their teams next season.

KBM is currently fields Late Models, and is building a new facility to house the truck team. In the meantime, the truck team will work out of Xpress’ facility, which is located in Mooresville, NC. The team hopes to move into the new building by April 1.