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Kyle Busch looks to add to Truck series resume at MIS

Aug 11, 2017 Hit: 81 Written by 
Kyle Busch's No. 51 truck is shown in the garage at MIS Friday, August 11.
Kyle Busch's No. 51 truck is shown in the garage at MIS Friday, August 11. Photo by Matt Myftiu/AutoTechReviews.com

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Roush Fenway Racing has a long history of success at Michigan International Speedway, including 13 Cup wins, and a total of 23 wins, 89 top 5s, 148 top 10s in a total of 281 starts across the major NASCAR touring series.

As they return to MIS for this weekend's races, they hope to add to those accolades. In June, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. managed a top-10 finish, and is looking to improve on that this time around.

"After scoring a top-10 finish last time at Michigan, I'm really looking forward to this weekend. Every year we look at Michigan as a track that we want to do well at given Roush Fenway, Jack and Ford's success there in the past. We have been working really hard on our intermediate program, since it makes up a majority of the races in the playoffs. This weekend will give us the chance to evaluate our improvements."


Kyle Busch doing double-duty

The words that Truck series competitors never want to hear -- "Kyle is in the race"

Yes, Kyle Busch will race the No. 51 truck Saturday at MIS in one of his final Truck series starts of the season. The last time Kyle drove a truck at MIS was in 2015, and he found Victory Lane that day. His historical record is pretty good too: In his 9 races in a truck at MIS, Kyle's finishes are: 2nd, 2nd, 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 25th, 2nd, 5th, and 1st.

"This is my last race of the year with the 51 team, so we're looking to go out on a high note," Busch said. "We've had really fast Tundras each time out, led a lot of laps. ... I'm confident we'll have another fast Tundra Saturday and with the draft coming into play in the truck races at Michigan, it's going to take teamwork between all three of the KBM trucks to get to victory lane at the end of the day."

Busch ranks first all time among Truck series drivers in average finish (7.1) and is second all-time in wins in the series with 48.


Gragson seeks playoff spot

One of Kyle Busch's teammate is 19-year-old Noah Gragson, a rookie aiming to fill one of the three remaining playoff positions. The No. 18 truck he will be racing Saturday has seen Victory Lane -- when Kyle led 90 laps and won at Charlotte this past may.

Racing for the first time at MIS, Gragson was impressed with the facility.
"It seems like a superspeedway since you are pretty much wide open all the way around Michigan. It's all about drafting and working with your teammates and other Toyota teams to ultimately get out front."

Thorsport comes four-deep

One team with a lot of balls in the air as they battle for a win at MIS in the Truck series in ThorSport Racing, which is based out of nearby Sandusky, Ohio, and will field the No. 98 for Grant Enfinger, the No. 88 for Matt Crafton, the No. 27 for Ben Rhodes and the No. 13 for Cody Coughlin in Saturday's race.

Enfinger is less than a handful of points out of the playoffs at this point of the season, so every position is critical for him. He is also in a tight battle with Chase Briscoe for Rookie of the Year. He has quite a bit of racing experience at MIS, due to his five ARCA starts at the track, in addition to one Truck start last year.

Crafton is locked into the playoffs, but has never won at MIS.
"I know restarts will be tricky, and drafting partners wil be key," Crafton said. "Michigan is a home track, per se, for ThorSport, so hopefully we can put on another great show."

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Matt Myftiu can be reached on Twitter at @MattMyftiu. AutoTechReviews is on Twitter @AutoTechreview.

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