Kyle Busch Motorsports announced today that Jason Leffler will be the primary driver of the team's No. 18 Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2012 season. The veteran driver will be behind the wheel for at least 14 races this season, beginning with the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Dollar General, the nation's largest small-box retailer, will serve as the primary sponsor for Leffler's 14-race schedule.
Leffler has been a fixture in the NASCAR Nationwide Series throughout the last decade, finishing in the top 10 of the final point standings each of the last five seasons. In 292 career Nationwide Series starts, the 36-year-old driver has recorded two wins, eight poles, 42 top-five and 106 top-10 finishes.
In 46 career Truck Series starts, the California native has registered one win, 19 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes. Leffler's 10 career poles rank him 10th on the series all-time list. In 2002, he captured a series-leading eight poles, ranked second with 494 laps led and collected 11 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes en route to a fourth-place finish in the final Truck Series point standings.
"We are thrilled to have Leffler on board to drive the Dollar General Toyota this season," said Busch. "He's a pro behind the wheel and will be a great fit for the No. 18 Tundra."
In 2010, KBM's No. 18 Tundra became the first team since the Truck Series originated in 1995 to win an owner's championship in its inaugural season. In just two seasons of competition, the team has already visited Victory Lane 16 times and produced 32 top-five finishes in 50 starts. In 11 races with Dollar General as the primary sponsor, KBM has registered four wins - including its historic first victory at Nashville Superspeedway in 2010 - and eight top-five finishes.
KBM is still seeking sponsorship for the remaining eight races on the 2012 Truck Series schedule. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Butch Cox at (704) 662-0000 x221 or Butch.Cox@KyleBuschMotorsports.com.
- Kyle Busch Motorsports Press Release