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Hamlin to drive KBM's No. 18 at Martinsville

October 21, 2011, Team Release, NASCAR.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Friday that Denny Hamlin will drive the team's No. 18 Tundra in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville on Saturday, Oct. 29. Toyota and Traxxas will serve as co-primary sponsors for the 200-lap race.

"I've wanted to drive one of Kyle's trucks for a long time," Hamlin said. "He has one of the most successful programs out there and I couldn't pass this opportunity up. The Martinsville truck race is always an exciting one and I look forward to being a part of it."

Hamlin has won four Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville, including three of the past four, and has finished in the top-five in eight of his 12 Cup Series starts.

The 30-year-old driver has posted five top-10 finishes in 11 career Camping World Truck Series starts, including two top-10s in four starts at Martinsville. His career-best result behind the wheel of a truck was a third-place finish in the 2008 E-Z Go 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

KBM's No. 18 Tundra has finished third or better in each of its three starts at Martinsville, including a runner-up finish by its owner-driver in this year's Kroger 250. In last year's Kroger 200, Busch captured the pole, led 28 laps and finished second. Brian Ickler scored a career-best-tying third-place finish in the 2010 spring race.