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NCWTS: JUSTIN BOSTON Boston Combines Speed and Sound at Atlanta

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2015) – Justin Boston is eager to put Daytona in the rear-view mirror and get back on track at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway this weekend in his No. 54 Lucy Angel Tundra. After getting caught up in a multi-truck accident on lap 14 in the season opener, the 25-year-old rookie contender has his sights set on a strong run at Atlanta.

 

KBM drivers have collected three top-five finishes across five starts at Atlanta resulting in an average finish of 8.2. The Georgia track is one of just four tracks on the 2015 schedule where the organization has yet to earn a victory. Team owner-driver Kyle Busch came home in the runner-up position in both the 2010 and 2012 events, while his second starting position for the 2010 race is also a team best.

 

Although this will be his first start at Atlanta in any series, Boston was able to participate in a one-day test at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway earlier this month in the Tundra the KBM team has prepared as a backup for this weekend. He and the team are confident much of the data they gathered at the test will apply to Atlanta as well, and Boston was able to log some valuable seat time in a truck at an intermediate track.

 

Riding along with Boston this weekend, country music band Lucy Angel will be featured on his No. 54 Toyota Tundra.  Lucy Angel is an American country music family trio consisting of mother Kate Anderton and her two daughters, Lindsay and Emily. They released their debut self-titled album in January, and are currently starring in a docu-series entitled “Discovering Lucy Angel,” which premiered on AXS TV in January.

 

“Discovering Lucy Angel” follows the mother-daughter trio Lucy Angel and the rest of their family, the Andertons, as they work to launch their music career in Nashville. This 13-episode, country music-themed docu-series captures the ups and downs of the family’s lives as they make a name for themselves in country music. Follow the endearing Andertons while out on tour and in their family home in Franklin, Tenn., every Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT only on AXS TV.

 

Justin Boston, Driver of the No. 54 NCWTS Lucy Angel Tundra:

How do you prepare for a track where you have never raced before?

“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. 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.”

 

How much will the Charlotte test help you at Atlanta?

“I’m not really sure… Atlanta’s track surface is a lot more worn out than Charlotte’s, but I think it definitely won’t hurt. It was good for me to spend time in a truck at an intermediate track. 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.”

 

Are you happy to be racing at an intermediate track this weekend after Daytona?

“Yes, I’d much rather head to another race track after the weekend we had in Daytona instead of sitting at home thinking about it for five weeks. I’m really looking forward to Atlanta this weekend. KBM has a lot of success at intermediate tracks. It will be nice to race at a place where truck handling, race strategy and skill play a bigger part than just luck.”

 

Shannon Rursch, Crew Chief of the No. 54 NCWTS Lucy Angel Toyota Tundra:

What are your thoughts on racing at Atlanta this weekend?

“Atlanta should be a good race for Justin. We were able to test at Charlotte a few weeks ago, so much of the data we learned there will carry over to Atlanta. We will have data on the truck throughout practice Friday, so that will help us understand what Justin needs in the truck to be competitive. I’m looking forward to getting to an intermediate track.”

 

Justin Boston’s No. 54 Lucy Angel Tundra:

KBM-12: The No. 54 Lucy Angel team will roll out KBM-12 for Saturday’s Hyundai Construction Equipment 200at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This Tundra has a new body and front clip since the last time it was raced at New Hampshire in September 2014. It has one win (Iowa, July 2014 with Erik Jones) in 12 starts.

 

KBM-012 Performance Profile

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

9/20/2014

New Hampshire

Jones

7

7

175/175

7

Running

8/20/2014

Bristol

Busch

1

24

194/200

81

Running

7/11/2014

Iowa

Jones

2

1

200/200

131

Running

9/8/2013

Iowa

Coulter

17

25

203/212

0

Accident

8/21/2013

Bristol

Coulter

34

11

200/200

0

Running

8/17/2013

Michigan

Coulter

9

14

100/100

0

Running

7/13/2013

Iowa

Coulter

9

9

200/200

0

Running

5/31/2013

Dover

Coulter

24

8

200/200

0

Running

10/13/2012

Las Vegas

Mayhew

3

9

146/146

0

Running

8/31/2012

Atlanta

Busch

4

2

130/130

75

Running

6/28/2012

Kentucky

Leffler

18

8

150/150

0

Running

 6/8/2012

Texas

Leffler

18

6

167/167

0

Running

Totals

12 starts, 1 Win

12.2

10.3

294

 

 

 

 

Notes of Interest:

 

Justin Boston 2014:

·         Collected two ARCA Racing Series victories (Toledo Speedway and Madison Speedway) and three pole awards

·         Registered seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes en route to a fifth-place finish in the ARCA Racing championship point standings

·         Posted top-12 finishes in both of his NASCAR XFINITY Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing, including a ninth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in September

·         Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in August

 

Justin Boston 2013:

·         Earned eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes en route to a third-place finish in the ARCA Racing championship point standings

 

Justin Boston 2009:

·         Garnered four top-10 finishes and 21 laps led in six USAR Pro Cup Series starts

 

Before getting behind the wheel of a stock car, Boston cut his racing teeth in motocross at the age of five. He won his first race at the age of six in the 50cc class at Timonium State Fairgrounds indoor short track and went on to register over 300 podiums while competing in the 50cc/65cc/80cc and 85cc divisions. The talented youngster won the Maryland State Championship in the 50cc division at Budds Creek Motocross Park in 1998 and competed in the Loretta Lynn Amateur Motocross Championships for three consecutive years (1998-2000), where he raced against current American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) stars Mike Alessi, Zach Osborne and Cole Seely.

 

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 54 Tundra:

·         Earned five wins, three poles, 963 laps led, 14 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes across 45 starts since 2013

·         Finished fourth in the Owner’s Championship standings in 2014 and 10th in 2013

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·         Has collected three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championships, 39 Truck Series victories and 18 poles across 204 starts since originating in 2010

·         39 career Truck Series victories as an organization ranks third all-time behind Roush (50) and Kevin Harvick Inc. (43)

·         14 victories as an organization during the 2014 season broke the Truck Series record of 12 set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001

·         Has won 5 of the last 7 races, dating back to Erik Jones win at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last September

·         Six different drivers have won a race for KBM, led by owner-driver Kyle Busch with 26. Darrell Wallace Jr. collected five victories, Erik Jones has posted  four wins, Denny Hamlin produced two victories and Kasey Kahne and Brian Scott both collected one triumph

·         Has collected victories at 17 of the 21 tracks on the 2015 schedule, excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway

 

KBM NCWTS @ Atlanta Motor Speedway

KBM drivers have collected three top-five and three top-10 finishes across five starts at Atlanta resulting in an Average Finish of 8.2. The Georgia track is one of just four tracks on the 2015 schedule where the organization has yet to earn a victory. Team owner-driver Kyle Busch came home in the runner-up position in both the 2010 and 2012 events, while his second starting position for the 2010 race is also a team best.

 

The Rursch Report:

Shannon Rursch will call the shots for Justin Boston’s rookie campaign in the Truck Series in 2015. The Iowa native may be new to KBM, but is no stranger to sitting atop the pit box. Rursch comes to KBM from Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM), where he most recently served as crew chief for the No. 31 team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition to leading the XFINITY Series team in 2014, he collected three top-10 finishes in four starts as crew chief for TSM in select Truck Series events last season. Rursch is a 2004 graduate of the NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) and upon his promotion in July became the first alumnus of the school to be named a crew chief in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions.

 

Saturday’s 130-lap event will mark the first time Rursch has called the shots for a Truck Series event at Atlanta. Dylan Kwasniewski finished 21st in the 2014 XFINITY Series race at the 1.54-mile track with the Iowa native atop the pit box.

 

                                                                                                                                  

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 54 Toyota Tundra 2015 NCWTS Box Score:

 

Date

Site

Driver

Start

Finish

Laps

Laps Led

Status

Driver Pts./Pos.

Money Won

2/20

Daytona Boston

25

29

18/100

0

Accident

15/24th

$14,550

 

 

About Lucy Angel

Consisting of mother Kate and daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton, Lucy Angel is celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album to alongside the premiere of their AXS TV docu-series DISCOVERING LUCY ANGEL. The lead-off single “Crazy Too” is currently a Highway Find on SiriusXM’s The Highway and is in the top 20’s on SXM’s Hot 45 Countdown chart. Distributed by Average Joe’s Entertainment through G-Force Entertainment, the trio’s tight harmonies and unforgettable brand has led them to open for Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Jerrod Niemann, Casey James, Neal McCoy and more. Building their fan base worldwide, Lucy Angel was honored as the first Western/American act to ever sing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Lucy Angels self-titled album is available exclusively at Walmarts and Targets nationwide along with all online digital retailers. For more information, visit www.LucyAngel.com; go to their Facebook page hereand follow them on Twitter, @LucyAngelBand; on Instagramand YouTube.

 

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