Buddy Kofoid – No. 51 Mobil 1 Tundra TRD Professional Tenting World Vehicles Bristol Dust Preview

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The Beat on Buddy the Dirt Driver::

  • Toyota Racing Development dirt star Buddy Kofoid will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut behind the wheel of the #51 Tundra TRD Pro in Saturday’s Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol, Tennessee Motor Speedway. Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil, a longtime partner of KBM who also sponsors Kofoid’s Keith Kunz Motorsports, will serve as the main sponsor on its Toyota for the Truck Series’ second annual visit to the dirty half-mile Oval.

  • Kofoid won the 2021 USAC Midget National Championship on the back of six wins in that streak, including two triumphs on his way to winning the USAC Indiana Midget Week title. The rising star also scored nine feature wins in the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series, won the Trophy Cup Sprint Car Race at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California and won the first two nights of the Wild Wing Shootout at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley .

  • The 20-year-old California rider has made a strong start to the 2022 dirt season. Kofoid passed Kyle Larson to win his qualifying night feature and finished fourth in the A Feature at the Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Center on Saturday night. He scored two wins in the first three events of the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget schedule, including Toyota’s 400th National Dirt Midget win on March 25 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After four events in the USAC Midget National championship standings, the reigning champion sits second in points standings. Last Saturday he won the Weldon Sterner Memorial 410 Sprint Car Feature at Lincoln (Pa.) Speedway.

  • In addition to his time on dirt, Kofoid has gained pavement experience in over 10 late model events over the past year, highlighted by a third place finish in the Pro Late Model division at the All-American 400 at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway . Tenn. last October. Kofoid returned to the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway two weeks ago, where he finished sixth in the Pro Late Model opener on the track’s opening night in 2022.

  • Kofoid follows in the footsteps of other TRD dirt drivers who made their Truck Series debuts for KBM. Christopher Bell finished fifth in his series debut at Iowa Speedway in June 2019 and Logan Seavey finished eighth at Eldora Speedway in July 2018.

  • Mardy Lindley returns to KBM for his second season at the front of the No. 51 Team pits. In addition to this year’s win with Corey Heim at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the No. 51 team notched up three wins, two with Busch and one with Martin Truex Jr, in Lindley’s first season as crew chief at KBM. Before joining KBM, Lindley managed his drivers to 32 wins and four championships in the ARCA Menards Series East since 2013, including back-to-back titles with Sam Mayer the past two seasons. Additionally, he won the 2020 ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown Championship with Mayer. At the wheel, the second-generation driver won eleven races in the Pro Cup Series from 2000 to 2006 and was crowned series champion in 2001. Lindley called the shots for Martin Truex Jr.’s dominant win at last year’s Bristol Dirt Race as he led 105 of 150 laps en route to his first Truck Series triumph of his career. Lindley also had a top 10 finish with Brian Brown at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway last July.
  • Team #51 currently sits fifth in the Owner’s Championship standings. After five events, they are just 28 points behind the No. 99 team but are currently in the playoffs’ owner territory due to Corey Heim’s win in Atlanta. After Heim was involved in an accident and finished 32nd in the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the No. 51 team has bounced back by finishing third or better in each of the last four events.
  • For the Bristol Dirt Race, Kofoid is set to race the same chassis, KBM-12, that Martin Truex Jr. led 105 laps en route to victory in last year’s inaugural Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at The Last Great Colosseum. In addition to Truex’s victory on the Bristol Dirt, KBM had two wins as the Truck Series raced at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Bubba Wallace won at Eldora in 2014 and Christopher Bell was victorious in 2015.