While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is getting tougher and tougher to make money in, the series absolutely has to find a way to cut costs but be able to retain Kyle Busch Motorsports. While Kyle Busch himself has threatened to pull out of the series amid new rule changes that limit himself and other Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers from competing in the series on a regular basis, the recent string of success and promotion of drivers from KBM shows that they need to somehow find a way to keep Busch and KBM happy.
While most consider Busch is stealing wins away from younger talent when he races in a Truck, think of this, three recent KBM drivers will be in the Cup Series on a full-time basis in 2018.
Erik Jones won the 2015 championship as a rookie with KBM and is currently a rookie in the Cup Series right now. He won seven races and had 34 top 10 finishes with KBM and will now join Busch with Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2018 Cup season. His replacement in the No. 4 Toyota with KBM was Christopher Bell. Well, the Oklahoma native has now made it to the Championship 4 in each of his two seasons at the helm. He finished third in the final standings last year and has also scored seven wins in that Truck to go along with 39 top 10 finishes too. Bell, got promoted to the JGR NASCAR XFINITY Series team for 2018 and is on track for a Cup ride also.
What about William Byron? He ran one full season with the team in 2016 and also scored seven wins to go along with 16 top 10 finishes himself. He finished fifth in the final standings in his lone Truck season. He signed a deal as a Hendrick Motorsports developmental driver in the offseason and competed with JR Motorsports in the XFINITY Series in 2017. Now, he’s signed to drive the No. 24 Chevrolet in Cup next year too.
Don’t forget about Bubba Wallace Jr. either. He scored five wins and 26 top 10 finishes with KBM and now he will be full time in the No. 43 Ford with Richard Petty Motorsports next season on the Cup level.
Jones, Byron and Wallace all in Cup and Bell not far behind. Those are four future legends in this sport. All four came through the KBM Truck Series ranks.
It’s no secret now, KBM is building future Cup stars.