Kyle Busch Adds Five NASCAR Truck Series Races to Already Packed 2021 Schedule

Published 02/10/2021, 12:24 AM EST
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Zombie Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Kyle Busch is going to be a very busy bee in the 2021 NASCAR season. Aside from racing in the 2021 Cup season on a full-time basis, he is competing in five NASCAR Truck Series races. This is in addition to the five Xfinity Series races that he will contest in the same year.

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The Kyle Busch Motorsports team has confirmed that the driver/owner will drive the #51 truck in five races. Busch’s Truck Series season begins on March 5 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A couple of weeks later, the 35-year-old heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In the month of April, Busch will take the reins at the Richmond Raceway on the 17. Then, he will wrap up his season with races at Kansas and Pocono on May 1 and June 26.

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Of course, these will not be the only races that Busch participates in. As mentioned before, the 2015 and 2019 Cup champion will participate in five Xfinity races. On this occasion, he will link up with the Joe Gibbs Racing team.

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – NOVEMBER 01: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Can Kyle Busch handle such a packed schedule?

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Obviously, handling 36 races and an additional 10 races across three series is no easy task. However, if Kyle Busch believed that he could do it, then no one can judge him better than himself. Admittedly, at the age of 35, there could be a very slight danger that it could place a strain on his body.

If that happens, it could potentially compromise his 2021 Cup Series season. At a time when Busch is seeking redemption for not defending his crown, a slip up could prove costly.

On the bright side, Kyle Busch will be acutely aware that he is not fighting for the Xfinity or Truck Series crowns. This is more of a sideline gig, where he is simply making one-off appearances in both series.

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