Owner-driver Kyle Busch will make his 18th NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), piloting the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (CMS) in Friday's Dollar General 300. Busch is very familiar with Victory Lane at his team's home track, winning 10 times in 42 career starts across NASCAR's top three divisions - including a record-tying six in the Nationwide Series.
Busch, recorded as the youngest NNS winner in 2004 on the 1.5-mile oval, last experienced Victory Lane at CMS in a 2011 Truck Series race. Prior to that year, he accomplished first place in the Nationwide Series during the fall of 2009 and the summer of 2010. Behind the scenes, KBM crew chief Mike Beam last experienced victory lane at CMS in the fall race of the 2011 Nationwide Series. Together in the 2012 spring race event, the two accomplished a third-place finish with their new No. 54 Monster Energy team.
The 27-year-old driver has recorded at least one pole at Charlotte in each of the last eight seasons, but none of those have come in the Nationwide Series. Busch will look to add a second NNS season pole to his resume and then set his sights on accomplishing his first Nationwide Series win with his own team, adding to the success he has already achieved on his team's home-town track.