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."