Expectations High for Kyle Busch Motorsports Entering 2013

With an array of off-season moves, the expectations have skyrocketed for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013 as they look to compete for a championship.

Darrell Wallace Jr, Parker Kligerman and Joey Coulter are all set to embark on their first seasons as drivers for Kyle Busch Motorsports as the young race team looks to go from pretender to contender when the new racing season bolts out of the gate at the Daytona International Speedway in just a matter of days.

Kyle Busch Motorsports entered its first season of NASCAR action in 2010 where it was a two-truck NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. For the next two seasons, a collection of drivers drove the stables premier No. 18 Toyota Tundra truck but it was mostly piloted by Kyle Busch during race weekends when the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series were at the same race track on the same weekend.

2012 marked the first season that Kyle Busch Motorsports dabbled in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Brothers Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch piloted the No. 54 Toyota throughout the 2012 season but minus a Kurt Busch victory at the spring Richmond race, the success we expected from the high-profile team wasn’t there as Kyle Busch failed to win a race in the 22 races he was behind the wheel, and the Kyle Busch owned team was overall not as fast as the elite Nationwide Series teams on a weekly basis.

However, this team has been revamped to the max since we last saw them at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, and they are ready to come out of the gate swinging in 2013.

Parker Kligerman, who drove for Brad Keselowski Racing and Red Horse Racing in the Camping World Truck Series in 2012, will be driving the No. 77 NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013 full-time in what will be his first real shot to compete at a high level in what is the Triple-A of NASCAR.

The 22-year-old Kligerman won one Camping World Truck Series race in 2012 at Talladega and finished the season fifth in the driver standings despite being let go from BK Racing during the middle of the season. Kligerman’s most notable season as a driver came in 2009 when he won nine races and finished second in the ARCA Racing Series points standings.

KBM will also be competing for a championship in the Camping World Truck Series ranks. Joey Coulter, who drove for Richard Childress Racing in 2012, will be driving the No. 18 Toyota Tundra in 2013.

In two full seasons as the driver of the No. 22 RCR truck for Richard Childress Racing, the 22-year old Coulter won one race, produced thirteen top-fives and 28 top-tens, led 120 laps, earned three poles and finished as high as third in the driver standings.

An interesting cluster of drivers piloted the No. 18 KBM truck in 2012. Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Drew Herring, Jason Leffler, David Mayhew, German Quiroga and Brian Scott all drove the No. 18 truck in 2012 with Brian Scott and Denny Hamlin taking the Toyota Tundra to victory lane once a piece.

Along with Coulter, it was announced that young phenom Darrell Wallace Jr. would drive a full season with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while also competing in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kyle Busch will also drive in ten NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the No. 51 KBM Toyota Tundra over the course of the 2013 season and when he is behind the wheel of a Camping World Truck, you better watch out because he has visited victory lane 30 times in 104 career races.

With all of this youthful talent, Kyle Busch Motorsports’ expectations have risen quite a bit since a year ago, and the team is really expected to produce some solid results. If they can succeed, which I think they will, this organization could become a hotbed for young talented race-car drivers trying to move up in the NASCAR ranks.

Kyle Busch Motorsports has acquired some young talent and the future looks bright as they attempt to compete with the likes of Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Turner Scott Motorsports.

2013 is shaping out to be the breakout year for the rising race team. Only time will tell if they can put all of the pieces of the puzzle together and jump out of the gate with success.

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