Kyle Busch to Feature Non-Profit on No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra in NASCAR Xfinity Series
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (Feb. 27, 2019) – The No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra Kyle Busch will race this weekend in the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will prominently feature the 1st Foundation, a 100-percent volunteer organization that provides assistance to those arriving first on the scene in foreign and domestic conflicts.
Working with Special Operations Forces and Law Enforcement Operations, the 1st Foundation administers grants for continuing education, specialized equipment, and training for those in need. The non-profit also helps with medical bills and access to PTSD programs, as well as college scholarships to those operators and their families in need of assistance through their Gold Star Family Programs. 1st Foundation board members cover all administrative costs, allowing every dollar donated to be utilized for its core mission.
“The time, effort and sacrifice our veterans have made is exceptional, and the dedication they put into their roles defending our country can sometimes make their transition to civilian life a challenge,” said Landon Ash, executive director of the 1st Foundation and founder of Birmingham, Alabama-based Xtreme Concepts, the parent company of iK9. “The 1st Foundation helps ease that challenge in a variety of ways, and it’s a part of our never-ending commitment to those who serve.”
The 1st Foundation also ensures our K9 heroes are rewarded for their service and dedication by placing retired military dogs requiring rehabilitation with veterans in need of companionship, helping both reacclimate to civilian life. The 1st Foundation also supplies service dogs to veterans in need, all of which are trained to Veteran Affairs standards. Additionally, 1st Foundation provides K9s to police departments, ultimately making our communities a safer place.
To assist the cause of 1st Foundation, please visit 1stfoundation.com/donate. Residents of Alabama can go a step further by purchasing a specialized 1st Foundation license plate for their personal vehicles through the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website.
Busch, the all-time leader in Xfinity Series victories with a whopping 92 career wins, will carry a 1st Foundation license plate on his No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra with his nickname “ROWDY” emblazoned on the tag.
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES OVERVIEW
Event: Boyd Gaming 300 (Round 3 of 33)
Date: March 2, 2019
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Layout: 1.5-mile oval
Kyle Busch Notes of Interest
● This weekend’s Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the third event of the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule and the first with Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing.
● Las Vegas marks the first of seven Xfinity Series races Busch will run in 2019. He will drive the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra in four straight races – Las Vegas, ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth – before returning to the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Aug. 3 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. His final two Xfinity Series races of 2019 will be Aug. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Sept. 14 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
● In 14 career Xfinity Series starts at Las Vegas, Busch has a win, two poles and four top-five and five top-10 finishes with a total of 521 laps led.
● Busch dominated in his lone Xfinity Series win at Las Vegas, which came in the 2016 Boyd Gaming 300. He started from the pole and led twice for a race-high 199 laps. Busch led the first 54 laps and gave up the lead for only one lap to Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., during a scheduled, green-flag pit stop before leading the final 145 laps. It was his 78th career Xfinity Series victory.
● Busch is the all-time leader in Xfinity Series victories with a whopping 92 career wins, 43 more than next-best Mark Martin (49 wins). Busch broke Martin’s record on Aug. 26, 2011 when he won the Food City 250 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
● Busch made his Xfinity Series debut on May 24, 2003 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He started fifth and finished second in the Carquest Auto Parts 300. Busch’s first Xfinity Series win came on May 14, 2004 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway in the Funai 250.
● The 2019 season marks Busch’s 17th year of Xfinity Series competition. In addition to his 92 wins, he earned the 2009 Xfinity Series championship, has scored 65 poles, logged 211 top-five and 249 top-10 finishes, and has led a total of 18,954 laps in 345 career starts.
KYLE BUSCH, DRIVER OF THE NO. 18 IK9 TOYOTA SUPRA
What can be expected in your first Xfinity Series race of this year Saturday at Las Vegas?
“Las Vegas is a track that means a lot to me. It’s home and it’s where I got my start, so I always look forward to getting back there to race, catch up with old friends, and just be back in familiar territory. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success in the Xfinity Series and a few years back we were able to add Vegas to the list of tracks where we’ve won. Every win is special, but it always means more when you can be successful at a track that is personally significant. We had a few rough outings on the way to that win, but when the pieces finally came together, it was a great feeling. I felt good going into last year’s race, but we never quite got the handling right, so I’m hoping we can make up for that this weekend in the iK9 Toyota Supra and come away with another win.”
This will be the first of four consecutive Xfinity Series races in the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra. Is it easier to build up momentum when you’re racing each week as opposed to having breaks in between events?
“Each of these tracks is unique in their own way, but any momentum we can carry from one event to the next is going to be a benefit. This will be the first race where I get to work with Ben (Beshore) as my crew chief on the Xfinity Series side of things and it’s always good to have a familiar face up on the box. He and the team have had a great start to the season so far, and we just need to keep that going and put on a good show for everyone at iK9. It’s great to see a new partner come in and commit the way they have to this program, and I’m excited to have a few chances to take them to victory lane.”