Kyle Busch has sold his Craftsman Truck Series team and manufacturing company, Rowdy Manufacturing, to Spire Motorsports.
The sale includes the assets of Busch’s race team, the 77,000-square-foot race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, and the chassis building operation (which is housed in the race shop). Kyle Busch Motorsports debuted in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2010.
“When we started the Truck Series team back in 2010, I never imagined that we would be able to win 100 races with 18 different drivers and that one day I’d be racing in the Cup Series alongside so many of the drivers that I once mentored at KBM,” Busch said. “I owe a lot of gratitude to so many people, starting with (wife) Samantha and my family, for believing in this dream that I had. It took countless hours by so many amazing people to make KBM the winningest team in Truck Series history.
“I will always appreciate everyone that walked through the doors and gave their all to make this such a successful organization. Not only has it been the people that were employed here, but it’s also the families that supported them while they worked long hours and traveled on the weekend, sacrificing time at home and missing family events. And I certainly can’t say enough thanks to Toyota for the first 13 years of support and to Chevrolet for stepping up to the plate this year. Due to their commitment and that of our great sponsors, we’ve been able to compete at the highest levels and hang a lot of banners.
“I’m at a different point in my life now than I was back in 2010. My family has grown, my Cup Series team changed this year, and our son’s racing schedule has become as demanding as my own. It’s important to me to be able to spend more time with my family and my No. 8 team at Richard Childress Racing. It’ll be hard to walk away from the amazing facility that we’ve built. I’ll miss walking the shop floor talking with our employees, hosting our fan days in the lobby, and spending countless hours there ensuring its success. However, I know at this point in my life and in my career that this is the correct decision.”
Kyle Busch Motorsports fields two full-time trucks, with Chase Purdy its primary driver in the No. 4 Chevrolet and the No. 51 split amongst various drivers. Busch was victorious in two of his five starts, including earning the organization’s 100th victory at Pocono Raceway.
In its tenure, Kyle Busch Motorsports has won seven owners’ championships and two drivers’ championships (Erik Jones 2015 and Christopher Bell 2017).
Spire Motorsports has fielded a Truck Series entry on a limited basis since last season. William Byron won for the team at Martinsville Speedway last year, and Kyle Larson was victorious at North Wilkesboro Speedway earlier this season (pictured top, with Byron’s KBM Truck).
“I’m confident that our assets and employees are in good hands moving forward,” Bush said. “I don’t see the winning ways changing at all. I’ve known the Spire guys for a long time and their recent investments in NASCAR show their commitment to success.”