Raphaël Lessard Back On Track With Kyle Busch Motorsports

april 30, 2019

Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce (Quebec, Canada), April 30th, 2019. Raphaël Lessard will be back on a track with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for his second of three races in his 2019 NASCAR truck program, after discovering the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck series in Martinsville, Virginia, USA, last March. Raphaël Lessard will be making his first visit on the one-mile oval of the Dover International Speedway behind the wheel of the Toyota Tundra No. 46 FRL Express | Spectra Premium.

This third level in NASCAR exposes the young phenomenon a mix of experienced as well as younger drivers who are also learning the trade, as he discussed after the Martinsville race. "My team and I learned a lot in Martinsville. After setting the 9th-quickest time in practice and qualifying 7th, we are confident we can do well again at Dover", said the young rider.

Testing at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN)

Two days of testing with the Kyle Busch Motorsport team on April 10th and 11th gave Raphael Lessard a much better understanding of how to extract more speed from his Toyota Tundra No. 46 FRL Express | Spectra Premium pickup truck.

"I am very happy to find myself in Dover, the quickest track I have raced on so far. I feel much more prepared than I did during my first truck race with Kyle Busch's team in Martinsville last March. I learned a lot during the two days of testing in Bristol, working on key issues like optimising corner entry, on exit and on the following straight, something that Kyle Busch and his team are the best in NASCAR at.

What is happening to me is extraordinary and I want to once again thank my parents and our partners, as well as the whole team that helps me improve my performance at each outing", explains Raphael Lessard.

Working with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and other satellite teams as part of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) driver development program, Raphael Lessard has achieved remarkable results over his three seasons in top level racing: 10 wins, 23 top-5, 23 top-10, four top positions for the start, and the 2016 CARS Super Late Model Series champion title. In addition to the three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races, the Raphaël Lessard Racing is working to add K&N, ARCA and other NASCAR-related races to its program.

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Photo Credits: Nigel Kinrade