By: Kyle Brandt – Senior Writer
August 14, 2012
MOORESVILLE, NC– On Tuesday afternoon, Kyle Busch Motorsports announced the release of Jason Leffler- who has piloted their No. 18 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series for most of the 2012 season.
After losing his Nationwide Series ride with Turner Motorsports after the 2011 season, Jason Leffler was tabbed to pilot the successful No. 18 Toyota Tundra for the 2012 Camping World Truck Series season.
Considering the past success of the team, Leffler entered the season believing that he was primed for a breakout year with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Through nine races this season however, Leffler has mustered only one top-five finish- a statistic that team owner, Kyle Busch, believes is “not up to the standards we’ve become accustomed to.”
We owe it to our manufacturer and our sponsors to produce better results,” cited Busch in a statement. “”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.”
Kyle’s older brother, Kurt Busch, has been tabbed to pilot the No. 18 truck this coming weekend at Michigan International Speedway, but a replacement for the races Leffler was scheduled to drive has yet to be announced.
Brian Scott, a full-time driver in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, will drive the No. 18 in four more races this season, and Drew Herring is tabbed to make his series debut in the truck at Iowa.
Kyle Brandt is the Senior Writer for RubbingsRacing.com and can be followed on Twitter for the latest NASCAR news, opinions and analysis: @KyleBrandt_.