The field for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Built Ford Tough 225 at Kentucky Speedway received an added dose of star power this week when it was announced Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch is planning to contest the 150-lap race on July 19.
Busch, who notched his sixth Cup Series win of the season at Daytona last Saturday, will be racing in the trucks race at Kentucky for the first time. He will attempt to become the first driver to win three races in three different series at Kentucky, having captured the 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series race and the 2004 NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly Busch Series) contest at the Sparta tri-oval.
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”Kentucky and St. Louis are two weeks that are together for the truck and Nationwide stuff. I never really had plans to run in the Nationwide Series, so we're just going to run the truck race here,“ said Busch, who tested his Cup car at Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday.
The Sprint Cup Series is off the weekend of the Built Ford Tough 225.
Busch has two wins and four top-five and six top-10 finishes on the books through eight trucks starts this year.
Busch ran in the Meijer 300 Nationwide Race at Kentucky Speedway in June and was racing second to eventual race-winner Joey Logano before crashing on Lap 165 and ending up in 30th.