Even with their leader on the sidelines, Kyle Busch Motorsports is ready to find victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway, home of the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 on Saturday, February 28th. The same trio that raced at Daytona – Erik Jones, Justin Boston and Daniel Suarez – are back behind the wheels of their Toyota Tundras as team owner Kyle Busch recuperates from his accident at Daytona.
Jones, in the No. 4 Toyota-sponsored Tundra, finished second in his first two races at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, racing in both the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series races. He’ll do double duty again this weekend, subbing in the Xfinity Series for Busch, but things will be a little busier this time – both series qualify and race on Saturday.
“Last year, I got my first taste of racing on the mile-and-a-half tracks and it was a pretty big learning curve at Texas, but by the time we got to Las Vegas, I felt like I had a much better handle on it,” said Jones on the KBM website. “I feel pretty confident going into this weekend at Atlanta. KBM had a lot of success on these types of tracks last year and I’m looking forward to seeing how we stack up against the competition this year. I’m confident our Tundra will be really strong again this year and I’m ready to go out and compete for the win on Saturday.”
Boston, in the No. 54 Lucy Angel Tundra, will be making his first start at Atlanta, but has tested on the mile-and-a-half at Charlotte.
“I think racing in the ARCA Series helped me a lot with that the last two seasons. Going to race tracks for the first time is nothing new to me anymore,” said Boston. “Watching past races really helps, as well as looking at photos of the tracks, and even using racing simulators to help get up to speed. It was good for me to spend time in a truck at an intermediate track (Charlotte). I don’t have a lot of experience at that type of track in a truck, so we can definitely take something away from that.”
Suarez, in the No. 51 ARRIS Tundra, will also be doing double duty on Saturday, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing alongside Jones. Suarez finished ninth at Daytona, and hopes to build on that finish.
“The team is working really hard to get us ready for this weekend,” said Suarez. “Last weekend we had a bit of everything, but the most we got out of Daytona, was experience. The important thing for us right now is to try to learn and not repeat any of our previous mistakes. This will be our first race at a 1.5-mile track this year. It will also be my first time racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We’ve got ARRIS on our Tundra and want to make sure we do well in ARRIS’ home-base city. I want to make sure I learn as much as I can, improve, and have a good race for ARRIS, Kyle Busch Motorsports and the entire No. 51 team.”
The Camping World Truck Series qualifies Saturday morning at 10:40 a.m. ET at Atlanta, followed by the green flag at 5:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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