Kyle Busch Motorsports and driver Jason Leffler have decided to part ways heading into the race weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
In a team release on the NASCAR website, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced the decision to part ways with Leffler for the remainder of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Season. Team owner Kyle Busch said that the way things happened were not Leffler’s fault but that the team has to produce better results.
“How things have played out this season are not Jason’s fault,” said Busch in the statement. “We’ve had some bad luck and a few other misfortunate happenings– but when it comes down to it, the No, 18 team has not performed to the standards we’ve become accustomed to and we owe it to our manufacturer and our sponsors to produce better results.”
Busch also mentioned that the team is making the proper changes now in the season than at the end because it will allow the team to make the necessary changes it needs to make for next year.
“Beginning to make these changes now, instead of waiting until the end of the season, it will allow us to evaluate where our program stands as we begin working towards becoming a championship-contending team once again in 2013,” said Busch.
Heading into the race weekend at Michigan, Kurt Busch will be behind the wheel of the No.18 truck for the VFW 200 on Saturday. Kyle Busch Motorsports has also signed Brian Scott to race the No.18 truck at Bristol. Drew Herring is set to race for the team in September as well as NASCAR Mexico Series champion German Quiroga set to race for the team in select races beginning in October.
Busch mentions that Leffler represented the team very well despite the outcome.
“Jason represented KBM and all of our sponsors very well and we wish him the best of luck,” said Busch.