Busch has strong words for new Truck special engine rules

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

The special engine rules in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been a contentious subject amongst teams in the series.

One side of the garage loves the idea of running the Ilmor Engine, or “spec engine”, while the other side of the garage which received manufacturer support scoffs at the idea. One of the biggest critiques of this program is Kyle Busch, driver and team owner at Kyle Busch Motorsports.

In an effort to reduce costs and shrink the gap between both sides of the garage, the spec engine is one of many ideas that NASCAR has presented to teams. However, Busch believes that having an OEM engine is the better option for brand identity.

“Obviously, we want to be a team that sticks to our guns and sticks with the OEM engine as much as possible and as long as possible because that’s what the series is named off of, and the nameplate of these manufacturers is the engine and the body,” said Busch.

KBM receives manufacturer support from Toyota. Busch is disappointed that NASCAR is taking this step to the spec engine. Although he wants to run that OEM engine as much as possible, he knows that the team must be ready and willing to adapt to the change.

“It’s something that we’ve kind of been fighting and not wanting to see happen for a while, but we’re also not going to dog it and say that we’re never going to run it,” stated Busch. “We know that there’s going to be an evolution of change, and we’ve got to be ready for that, and if we’ve got to change over, then we’re going to have to change over. But we’re going to try to make sure that we give every opportunity to the OEM engine for as long as possible.”

When it comes to the other rule changes for teams, Busch states that they are “par for course.” Adapting to these new rule changes is something that Busch believes you have to be ready for before Daytona arrives in February.

“Obviously we try to adapt as best as we can adapt each and every year that there’s rule changes or things that happen, and we’re ready for most of that. We think we are any ways,” said Busch.

“We try to think of any scenario. You’re not going to think of every scenario, but to have the opportunity to try to be ready for things that are thrown at you, to be the best of that moment as quickly as you can, that’s what makes us, I think, stand out from some of the other teams.”

KBM will see a full-time schedule with Noah Gragson with Todd Gilliland running the final 19 races of the season since he turns 18. Busch, Brandon Jones, Spencer Davis and Riley Herbst will also compete for the organization in 2018 on a part-time basis.

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