In addition to being a
highly successful driver,
Kyle Busch is also a topnotch team owner. Busch,
the 2015 NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series champion
and all-time wins leader
in the NASCAR XFINITY
Series, founded Kyle Busch
Motorsports in 2009.
JOE GIBBS RACING
ADAM S TEVENS
After dabbling in the XFINITY Series from
2011-2013, Busch made the decision for KBM to
invest all its resources in the Truck Series – and
the results have borne out as the right move. While
KBM picked up just one victory in 67 XFINITY Series
starts, the organization is a perennial force in the
Truck Series where it entered this season with a
remarkable 45 wins, including a single-season
series record 14 wins in 2014.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates Christopher Bell and William Byron are competing full time
for KBM this season while Daniel Suarez and Cody
Coughlin are sharing the team’s third entry.
Fueled by Busch’s passion for winning, KBM
has collected a record four Truck Series owners’
championships in just six seasons. This can be
attributed at least in part to Busch’s eye for young
talent. Last year, the organization claimed both an
owners’ title and the drivers’ title with Erik Jones,
who has since joined Joe Gibbs Racing’s XFINIT Y
Series program. Jones, a JGR development driver,
first gained notoriety when he captured the presti-
gious Snowball Derby Late Model race in 2012 by
outdueling Busch, his future boss, in the final laps.
Jones’ performance helped convince Busch to
offer him a part-time ride with KBM in 2013, which
led to another partial schedule in 2014 and then a
full season in 2015.
“Erik’s done a lot of growing up, I think, in a short
period of time, and it’s also under the limelight,”
said Busch. “I’m thankful that he stuck with me and
he believed in what our plan was for him.”
In addition to housing multiple Truck Series
teams, the KBM shop is home to a Super Late
Model team and KBM Chassis, which provides a full
range of racing services to customers.