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Help Heal Veterans (Heal Vets), the nation's largest provider of free therapeutic arts-and-craft kits to U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel, today announced it is partnering with Jennifer Jo Cobb, the only female NASCAR driver and team owner. As part of the partnership, Cobb toured the Help Heal Veterans facility, filmed a public service announcement (PSA) about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and will be distributing craft kits to her military guests at future NASCAR races.

Cobb is a professional racecar driver, NASCAR team owner, public speaker and entrepreneur. She launched Driven2Honor in 2011 to honor America's female military members. Heal Vets and Driven2Honor are teaming up this NASCAR season to provide therapeutic craft kits to female veterans who are guests of Cobb at NASCAR races.

"Honoring and supporting our nation's veterans, active military and their families is a cause dear to my heart," said Jennifer Job Cobb. "I am grateful to be partnering with Heal Vets to provide therapeutic craft kits to those in need."  

For more than 40 years, Heal Vets, a nonprofit organization founded during the Vietnam War, has supplied arts-and-crafts kits free of charge to injured servicemen and women and U.S. veterans. The kits often become a part of the patient's treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. The kits improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory, anger issues and dexterity.  

"We greatly admire Jennifer's commitment to Driven2Honor and the meaningful work the organization does for America's female veterans," said Captain Joe McClain, Help Heal Veterans Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to working with her to help educate others about PTSD and the importance of therapeutic recreation."

Since 1971, Help Heal Veterans has provided more than 29 million therapeutic arts-and-crafts kits free of charge to injured servicemen and women and U.S. veterans.

For more information about the extensive Heal Vets arts and crafts program, visit HealVets.org, or call 888-567-VETS (8387).

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In an effort to develop talent for its NASCAR program long-term, Ford Performance announced today it is formally initiating a multi-tiered NASCAR driver development program.
 
The first stage of that program will be a formal relationship with Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) and its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) effort, where Ford has signed Chase Briscoe as one of the drivers for BKR for the 2017 season as part of his development.
 
"We're making a commitment to win long-term in NASCAR," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "We have been increasing our engineering support and our technological development at the team level, and now we're looking to work with our teams to find the best available drivers coming up in the sport."
 
The BKR effort, as well as other to-be-announced driver development efforts at different levels, will develop talent for all Ford teams in NASCAR. Current teams will be consulted as part of the selection process, but drivers in the program will have contractual obligations to Ford.
 
In addition to their role within the NCWTS race program and related marketing efforts, drivers in the new Ford program will also assist the company as test drivers within the Ford product development program.
 
"Starting this program with BKR makes sense since it has made a significant investment in its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series operation and it is reflected in its success on the track," said Pericak. "As we at Ford look to develop new winning drivers for, ultimately, our Cup Series teams, the BKR model is a proven step in that ladder. We are enthusiastic about the role BKR will play in our efforts and we look forward to working very closely with the team in driver selection, engineering, and other mission critical areas."
 
Led by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series champion and Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski, BKR currently fields two (2) full-time entries in the NCWTS with the No. 19 and No. 29 Ford F-150s. BKR also fields the No. 2 Ford F-150 in select NCWTS races. The team maintains commercial relationships with long-standing primary partners Cooper Standard, Draw-Tite, and Reese Brands, as well as other industry-leading brands such as Snap-on.
 
"This is a big day in the history of BKR," said Keselowski. "To be recognized as a true partner to Ford and Ford Performance and what they are trying to do speaks directly to the hard work our team has put in over the last several years. It is an honor, frankly, and it is really what BKR is all about - providing young, talented drivers with championship-caliber equipment to continue to hone their craft and showcase their talents. We have been fortunate to have had a lot of success together with Ford across the three major NASCAR touring series and to now elevate that relationship in an official capacity is a testament to what we set out to do."  
 
Briscoe, 22, is an Indiana native who is coming off a 2016 championship in the ARCA stock car racing series, where he captured six wins. He has been racing since 2001 in a variety of series, including quarter midgets, sprint cars, Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge and K&N Pro Series West.
 
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Brad Keselowski Racing announced today that PIRTEK, the industry leader in fluid transfer solution sales and service in the United States, will serve as a full time associate partner for driver Austin Cindric during the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. PIRTEK will also join Team Penske as an associate partner in 2017 for select races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The partnership will include driver appearances, business-to-business opportunities and licensing rights for both Brad Keselowski Racing and Team Penske. 
 
"Expanding our NASCAR involvement and growing our partnership with Brad Keselowski Racing and Team Penske was a natural evolution," said Glenn Duncan, CEO, PIRTEK USA. "Everyone at PIRTEK was excited about our first foray into NASCAR and we're looking forward to continuing our relationship with Austin. Our partnership with Brad Keselowski Racing and Team Penske is certainly the right avenue for us."
 
PIRTEK Service and Supply Centers stock, customize and install hydraulic and industrial hoses and fittings of all kinds. The PIRTEK range of products and services is designed to meet the diverse requirements of customers of all sizes from a broad cross section of industries.  More importantly, within each of these industries there are literally hundreds of opportunities and applications for which the PIRTEK range of products and services are in demand.
 
"We're pleased that PIRTEK is expanding their NASCAR involvement with Brad Keselowski Racing," said team owner Brad Keselowski said. "I'm confident that Austin and our team will deliver a quality performance as they compete full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017."
 
Cindric, 18, made four starts for the team in 2016 with PIRTEK as a partner, highlighted by a second-place qualifying effort at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada).  Cindric also won from the pole in K&N Pro Series East starts in 2016 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Virginia (Danville, Va.) International Raceway and he was victorious in his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2016, winning with PIRTEK as a partner at Kentucky Speedway.   
"I'm honored to continue to represent PIRTEK because I've seen firsthand that it's an iconic brand in motorsports across the globe," said Cindric.  "It's awesome to see their NASCAR program growing and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
 
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Chris Larsen and Stewart Friesen have announced the formation of Halmar Friesen Racing (HFR). HFR will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) running a full schedule for 2017 with Friesen as the driver. Halmar International will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado.
 
Managing the day-to-day operations of HFR will be NASCAR veteran Tommy Baldwin Jr.
 
Friesen, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario, is a well decorated Modified and Sprint Car competitor. Making his NCWTS debut in 2016 at Eldora Speedway, Friesen ran a six-race schedule with a best finish of 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
"I'm super excited to be part of the Halmar Friesen Racing team,"said Friesen. "We did a bit of racing last year to get our feet wet on asphalt, and we were pleased with our success. Everything we have going on with Tommy is exciting. It's great to have his experience guiding our team so we can hit the ground running in Daytona."
 
Friesen's crew chief will be Trip Bruce, who most recently worked with Baldwin in the K&N Pro Series East. Bruce has a championship with driver Johnny Benson and a total of ten wins in the NCWTS.
 
Larsen, owner of Halmar International, said of the new venture with Friesen, "We got our feet wet at Eldora last season mostly because we wanted to have some fun. After that, we ran several more races to get a sense of where we were. When an opportunity came to work with Tommy (Baldwin) and it was a no brainer for us. Because of the relationship with Tommy we have committed to running the whole season. We know we will be prepared, we have good equipment and a great driver."
 
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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today the addition of Marcus Richmond to the team's crew chief lineup for the team's three-truck effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2017. Richmond will call the shots for the No. 18 Tundra that will be driven by Noah Gragson. Additionally, the team announced that three-time champion crew chief Rudy Fugle will be atop the pit box of the No. 4 Tundra team with Christopher Bell this season while Kevin "Bono" Manion will guide the No. 51 Tundra team with drivers Harrison Burton, Kyle Busch, Todd Gilliland and Myatt Snider.
 
Fugle has guided his team to an Owner's championship in all three of his seasons (2013, 2015 & 2016) as a crew chief at KBM, including a combined Owner's/Driver's Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. The New York native's drivers have combined for 16 wins, nine poles, 33 top-five and 52 top-10 finishes across his 68 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, William Byron collected a Truck Series' record seven wins, three poles, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes while leading the No. 9 Tundra team to KBM's fourth consecutive and fifth overall Owner's championship.  
 
Manion guided KBM's No. 51 team to one win, one pole, four top-five and seven-top 10 finishes with four different drivers behind the wheel last year in his first season as a Truck Series crew chief. Prior to joining KBM, the Massachusetts native collected five victories in 10 seasons atop the pit box in NASCAR's premier series, including two marquee wins with Jamie McMurray in 2010; the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Before graduating into NASCAR's top division, he guided Martin Truex Jr., to back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series titles in 2004 and 2005.  In addition to his five Monster Energy Cup Series victories, Manion boasts 15 XFINITY Series wins; 13 with Truex Jr., and two with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
 
Richmond has collected nine wins, 11 poles, 52 top-five and 107 top-10 finishes across 222 races in his 11 seasons as a crew chief in the Truck Series. The veteran crew chief has been to victory lane with five different drivers (Ty Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Dennis Setzer) and has recorded at least one win every year since 2012. The North Carolina native's drivers have finished inside the top five in the Truck Series championship standings four times in the last five seasons, including a runner-up finish in the standings with Ty Dillon in 2012. His most recent stop was at JR Motorsports last season, where he guided Cole Custer to two poles, four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes over the last 16 races of 2016.
 
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Spencer Boyd Racing and Rick Ware Racing announced today they will race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series together in 2017.  With approximately half of the schedule locked in, the team will look to add as many races as possible in both Truck and Xfinity competition.

Boyd drove for RWR in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Iowa earlier this year in addition to one other NXS start and three NCWTS starts in 2016.  “Our effort in 2016 was about getting approved for all tracks and feeling comfortable at this level of racing,” reflects Boyd.  “We worked with many great partners to achieve a successful debut season.  I am thankful for the opportunities I was given in 2016, now look forward to going fast and competing with Rick Ware in 2017.”

The relationship between the two dates back to 2012, when Spencer was running Legends Cars with Farbo Motorsports.  He and Rick’s son, Cody, were teammates and through much of that summer, roommates as well.  The Ware and Boyd families envisioned a future where the two would work together again on a bigger stage. 

“I have followed Spencer’s career for many years now,” comments Ware.  “He has impressed me at every level.  Our organization is excited to have this young talent on our team and personally it’s rewarding to see our dreams of years ago come to life.”

Although the truck number has yet to be determined, Rick Ware Racing will show up with a new Chevrolet Silverado truck for Boyd’s Daytona debut.  “Participating in Speed Weeks is a dream come true,” says Boyd.  “I’m looking forward to working with a crew chief and team week after week so we build on our experiences at the shop and on the track.  Our goals and values are aligned.  Our sponsorship roster is coming together.  We will be going to the race track to race!”

2017 Sponsors for Spencer Boyd and Rick Ware Racing will be announced at a later date including their anticipated race schedule.  RWR is continuing to look for funding for the balance of the season.

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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Myatt Snider will compete in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2017 with primary sponsorship from Southeastern Mills and its Louisiana Hot Sauce brand. Snider will make his KBM debut behind the wheel of the No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Tundra in the Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 24.
 
The 22-year-old is also scheduled to compete at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth June 9 and Nov. 3, Kentucky Speedway in Sparta July 6, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Sept. 15, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Sept. 30, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Oct. 14 and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway Nov. 17.
 
Snider put his name on the national motorsports map in May of 2016 when he led 35 laps en route to victory in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. The North Carolina native collected one win, 68 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.8 across nine ARCA starts this season. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut for AM Racing at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November where he started 19th and finished on the lead lap in the 17th spot.
 
"We've had an opportunity to see Myatt showcase his talent racing in the CARS Tour the last couple of years in Late Model stocks and then he really got off to a hot start on the national level when he won his ARCA debut," Busch said. "He continued to lead laps and have quality runs in ARCA during his limited schedule, so we feel like he is deserving of the opportunity to now move into one of NASCAR's top divisions and be capable of producing the same results for KBM and Louisiana Hot Sauce."
 
"I am so thankful to Kyle, Samantha and everyone at Toyota and TRD for this fantastic opportunity," Snider said. "The chance to race in a Toyota with KBM equipment is something I've worked my whole career to have the opportunity to do. I cannot wait to learn from Kyle and my teammates. I want to soak up every bit of information I can. You can't do better than KBM in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and to have Louisiana Hot Sauce on our truck only makes it better. I've been blessed with great equipment and people in my career. I'm so thankful to keep that going in 2017.  I'm really excited about the races we are running. We will be racing at mile-and-a-half tracks or bigger. That will provide some great opportunities for me to learn and continually improve. I look forward to doing great things with the people at KBM."
 
"We look forward to continuing our partnership with Myatt Snider as he joins Kyle Busch Motorsports' driver lineup for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, and we are excited to have Louisiana Hot Sauce on the hood of the No. 51 Toyota for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway," said Brad Olsen, Senior Director of Marketing for Southeastern Mills. "Louisiana Hot Sauce's multiple racing sponsorships allows us to create a stronger connection with our consumers and incremental opportunities to drive in-store sales for our retail partners and that's important to us. You can find out more information about our brand and racing family by following us on Twitter @LHSRacing."
 
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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 16-year-old Harrison Burton will compete in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2017. Burton's six-race schedule begins April 1 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and also includes Dover (Del.) International Speedway June 2, Iowa Speedway in Newton June 23, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio July 19, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Aug. 16 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 28.
 
The NASCAR Next product competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2016, earning one pole and a seventh-place finish in the final point standings as a rookie. Burton collected three Super Late Model victories this year, including a Southern Super Series victory at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., and also earned a third-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway in Newton.
 
Burton, the son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, made his Truck Series debut with KBM at Martinsville in October of 2016. After qualifying 17th, Burton methodically maneuvered his way through the field and was running in the ninth position just past the halfway mark of the event when he got spun from behind and ended up losing a lap while he was stuck on the curb. He ended the event with a 22nd-place finish, but earned the praise of KBM owner Kyle Busch.
 
"Harrison did a really nice job in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville this year and we are excited to be able to bring him back for a six-race schedule in 2017," Busch said. "I think everyone at KBM was really impressed with how he handled himself on and off the track throughout the weekend at Martinsville and in the end, he was able to bring the truck back in one piece -- which isn't an easy task for a young driver at that track. We look forward to being a part of his continued development next season."
 
"I honestly feel like I have hit the jackpot by signing with a championship-caliber team like Kyle Busch Motorsports," Burton said. ""Having raced in Martinsville last season with KBM, I understand the strength of the team and have complete confidence that they can provide me with great race trucks while making my transition into the Truck series as smooth as possible."
 
The talented youngster's list of racing accomplishments includes three Quarter Midget championships, winning the pole for a Pro Late Model race at the age of 11 and wining a race at the age of 12. In 2015, he became the youngest driver ever to compete in the K&N Pro Series West race (15 years, eight days old) and earned a sixth-place finish in the event. In 2014, he became the youngest winner in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history with a victory at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
 
An announcement of the final driver that will share driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra with Burton (six races), Busch (five races) and Todd Gilliland (four races) is forthcoming as well as an announcement on Burton's sponsors.
 
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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland will compete in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2017 with primary sponsorship from Toyota - the world's top automaker. Gilliland, who competed in seven Super Late Model races for KBM in 2016, will make his Truck Series debut behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra June 17 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
 
The third-generation driver will also compete at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Sept. 3, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon Sept. 23 and Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway Nov. 10.
 
With six victories this year in the K&N Pro Series West, the 16-year-old NASCAR Next product matched three other drivers for the series record for most wins in a single season and also collected six poles, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes en route to becoming the youngest champion in the history of any NASCAR national or touring series. The K&N West Series Rookie of the Year also competed in five K&N Pro Series East events in 2016, registering one win, one pole, three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
 
Gilliland was victorious in his K&N Pro Series West debut at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in November of 2015 and opened up the 2016 season with wins in both the East Series opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and the West Series opener at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. He followed it up with a win at Kern County Raceway Park in April, giving him wins in each of his first four K&N Starts which matched a 60-year-old record set by International Motorsports Hall of Famer Dan Gurney.
 
In addition to his seven career K&N Pro Series victories, Gilliland made history in his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway in May of 2015 when he became the youngest winner in series history just two days after his 15th birthday. He finished ninth in his only other ARCA start at Iowa Speedway in July of 2015.
 
"Todd joined the driver lineup for our Super Late Model program this year and we liked what we saw with his competitive nature and strong work ethic, so we are looking forward to seeing him move up to the Truck Series program for 2017 and getting behind the wheel of our Tundras for four races," Busch said. "He proved by winning several races in the K&N Series, both East and West, and the West Series championship that he has the talent to succeed in bigger stock cars and he deserves a chance to compete at higher levels next season."
 
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to race in the Truck Series for KBM next year and it wouldn't be possible without the support of everyone at Toyota and TRD," Gilliland said. "Moving up into the top levels of NASCAR is going to be a learning experience, but I know that I'm getting behind the wheel of fast Tundras and with the staff that they have in place at KBM and the knowledge that Kyle can pass along I'm going to learn a lot and continue to grow as a driver."
 
Gilliland joins owner-driver Busch (five races) as part of the multi-driver lineup that will compete behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra in 2017.  Announcements for the drivers who will complete the remainder of the schedule are forthcoming.

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Officials from AM Racing announced that Asheville, N.C. native Justin Fontaine will return with the organization for a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule next season. Fontaine, 19, joins AM Racing regular driver Austin Wayne Self who was recently announced as a returning driver for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team in their sophomore season of competition.

With the addition of Fontaine to the team’s roster, AM Racing plans to expand their operation to a two-truck team for several events to be named at a later date.

Fontaine made his Truck Series debut for AM Racing this past October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway aboard the team’s No. 22 ProMATIC Toyota Tundra. After qualifying 28th, he finished 26th. “It is an absolute pleasure to be re-joining AM Racing for 2017,” said Fontaine. “Since I've been with the team, I have seen nothing but the upmost professionalism from everyone within the organization and I can't wait to continue to build upon what we started at Martinsville.”

A three-year veteran of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Fontaine advanced his career with four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts this season before diving into one of NASCAR’s top-three national series. Making the move up the ranks, he began his career racing Quarter Midgets, Mini Cup and Late Models on local short tracks throughout North Carolina and Tennessee.

“My primary goal for 2017 is to simply learn as much as I can,” added Fontaine. “With a part time schedule, it's more difficult to take in everything the trucks have to offer, but with the team we have I believe I can learn quickly and be an effective member of this team. “I learned so much at Martinsville, from the way the trucks drive to what I can expect from my fellow competitors. I felt like I took to the trucks even quicker than I did the K&N cars, despite what the results say. The professionalism and competition within the series is incredible, and I can't wait to be back next year.”

To enhance his motorsports skills, Fontaine will also run in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events for Win-Tron Racing, the driver development partner of AM Racing next season. Fontaine will partake in the upcoming test session at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway next month, then return for the series’ season-opener on Feb. 18. “We’re extremely pleased and glad to have Justin back with AM Racing in 2017,” said AM Racing team principal Tim Self. “Justin is a hardcore racer with a desire to work hard on and off the track, while carrying an upbeat contagious demeanor. We’re eager to see his progression and success next year.”

Justin Fontaine is the younger cousin of longtime Truck Series competitor and Florida short track ace Chris Fontaine.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit awsracing.com. For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @JPFracing

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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that owner-driver Kyle Busch will compete in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2017. Busch's No. 51 Tundra will carry primary sponsorship from Textron Aviation, an aircraft industry leader that provides its customers with the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world. KBM will promote Textron Aviation's Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft brands.
 
Busch ranks second on the Truck Series All-time win list with 46. The Las Vegas native has been victorious in a remarkable 34.6 percent (46/133) of his starts since debuting in NASCAR's third division in 2001 and has finished first or second 52.67 (70/133) percent of the time. 'Rowdy' collected two wins and three top-five finishes across four Truck Series starts in 2016. His 170 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins rank second to NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (200).
 
"We are very excited to have Textron Aviation and the Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft brands as new partners for my five races in the Truck Series for 2017," Busch said. "Textron Aviation's commitment to multiple teams across multiple levels in NASCAR shows that they are a company that knows how to build successful programs and I'm looking forward to seeing our program take off at Atlanta."
 
Busch will make his 2017 Truck Series debut Saturday March 4 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and will also race May 12 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, May 20 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, July 29 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
 
Announcements for the rest of the driver lineup that will share driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra with Busch are forthcoming.

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