Kyle Busch to Race for Spire, Hendrick Motorsports Back Rajah Caruth for 2024

Published 02/07/2024, 10:33 AM EST

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Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch will be racing for Spire Motorsports in Craftsman Truck Series 2024. Busch will be driving the No.7 Chevrolet Camaro truck. Spire also announced their third driver for the season, Rajah Caruth who will pilot the No.71 truck. This announcement makes the three-team lineup complete for Spire for the 2024 season.

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Caruth will be running in 10 Truck races in his schedule with the backing of HendrickCars.com as his primary sponsor. Kyle’s Busch sold his Truck Series team, Kyle Busch Motorsports to Spire last year and now will be racing under the new owners of KBM for the 2024 Truck Series. Busch’s racing schedule with Spire is yet to be revealed by the team and is expected to be updated soon.

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Spire Motorsports fields three Chevrolet Silverado teams in the Craftsman Truck Series. The No. 71 and No.77 are their full-time entries, whereas the No.7 truck runs a partial schedule. With Chase Prudy already roped in for full-time duty for the No.77 truck, they have now added Rajah Caruth to pilot the No.71 Chevrolet Silverado. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch will be sharing a partial schedule in the No.7 ride alongside Corey La Joie for the 2024 Truck Series.

Caruth who has been making steady progress in ARCA Menards and the Truck Series will now be racing a full schedule for the team in the 2024 season. The 21-year-old was feeling special after securing his full-time ride with Spire but it was with the support of HMS, Caruth made his dream come true. Penning down an emotional note in the press release he said, “I’m usually a pretty stoic guy, emotionally, but it’s hard not to tear up a little bit thinking about this opportunity.

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“I just feel really blessed to be able to drive for Spire Motorsports and to be able to have Chad (Walter) come with me. I’m flattered to have the support of HendrickCars.com and, of course, Mr H and the whole Hendrick family. It’s a dream to be here and to have a full season and to have a place where I can grow is pretty special.”

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Caruth during the 2023 season featured under the GMS Racing banner and was partnered with his crew chief, Chad Walter. Luckily for him, Walter will also join him as his chief at Spire for 2024 season.

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Chad Walter did not want to miss an opportunity to re-join Caruth at Spire

For NASCAR drivers, the crew chiefs play a vital role in their development and progress for the entire season. The chemistry between the two can make or break their objectives. When Caruth decided to make the switch to Spire, he was joined by his chief, Walter, who wouldn’t miss an opportunity to work with the rising star.

Personally, that kid, Rajah, has changed my life(…) He works hard and he wants to get better. I’ve worked with some really good drivers in my past, but Rajah really stands out. He goes about things the right way and his passion for this has really made an impact on me. I jumped at the opportunity to work with him again. It’s kind of a crazy business we work in but when I found out that this could come to fruition – that we could do this again together – there was no other option for me.” Walter said.

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Caruth has featured in 25 Truck Series races in his career and is yet to register his first win. Hopefully, the backing of HMS and a full schedule under Spire will allow him to reach his milestones for 2024.

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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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