The team will field a full-time entry in the NASCAR ladder series
Kyle Busch Motorsports is the winningest NASCAR Truck Series team in history, with 90 wins. Now, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced on Thursday they plan to field a full-time entry in the lower NASCAR division.
Sammy Smith is set to run in the ARCA Menards Series for 2022. However, Smith is not currently scheduled to run all the events. Others drivers have not been announced.
The car will be the No. 18. TMC Transportation will continue their sponsorship of Smith be fitted on the KBM machine. Pilot Flying J will also be on the machine.
Smith is the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East champion. He won 3 of the 8 races en route to the title. He also ran three ARCA Menards Series events last year, bringing home a top-5 in two of them.
Kyle Busch Motorsports has previously entered late model races at various races across the country, notably the Snowball Derby. However, the team has made only a few ventures outside of the NASCAR Truck Series.
Kyle Busch comments
Toyota Racing Development has Smith in their driver pipeline. TRD has partnered with Kyle Busch to keep the pipeline in place.
“We’re looking forward to having an expanded role within the Toyota Racing Development program in 2022 and being reunited with Sammy,” Busch said.
He added, “He was able to win multiple races and a championship in the East Series last year and we’re confident that he’ll be able to continue his winning ways this year.”
“At TMC Transportation, we’ve always enjoyed racing, and we are excited for the opportunity to continue that history with Sammy Smith,” said Jason Webb, EVP, Asset Management for TMC.
Webb added, “Our iconic black and gold colors have been on the track for many years with Michael Annett and Sammy Swindell, so we’re looking forward to the opportunity to be on Sammy’s No. 18 Toyota after watching him have success in Super Late Models with TMC on the car.”
Smith will race every ARCA race that he’s eligible to race. The driver is currently just 17 years old.