Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota machine this week, for the 22nd time of the year, aiming for his first win with the team he began just 12 months ago. Team owner-driver Busch and the young Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) crew will prepare their Camry for the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami (Fl.) Speedway, the final battle of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season.
The 27-year-old Las Vegas, Nev. native is no stranger to the winner's circle at the season-ending event in Florida. In five Nationwide series races, Busch has recorded two wins ('09 and '10), four top-five and four top-10 finishes with 300 laps led. Further success at Homestead-Miami Speedway includes 46 laps led and one top-10 result in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series along with three top-five, four top-10 finishes, 199 laps led and one victory in the NASCAR Truck Series.
Busch has yet to capture a pole on the intermediate oval, but is hoping to carry the momentum of his young team's recent qualifying efforts into this weekend. The Monster Energy group captured its second pole award two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth and has qualified inside the top 10 in each of their last five races. The team would like nothing better than to add a third Coors Pole Light Award this weekend and then parlay that into its second victory of the season.
To date, in their first full schedule together, the No. 54 KBM group has accumulated14 top-five finishes, 21 top-10 finishes and 392 laps led. They currently sit eighth in the series owner's point championship battle. Crew chief Mike Beam has one win at Homestead in the NASCAR Truck Series and is also looking for that first victory in the Nationwide Series, together with his owner and driver, seeking the perfect finish to a healthy first year.