Kyle Busch Motorsports was forced to replace Christopher Bell after Joe Gibbs Racing announced that he’d be driving the no. 20 Toyota Supra. Bell was the first driver to be announced as a piece included in the highly-anticipated debut of the Super aero kit.
Todd Gilliland turned 18 years old in the middle of the 2018 season, but his performance in the latter half of that season was severely underwhelming. Toyota Racing Development has a systemic issue in their discernment process relating to advancing drivers too quickly. Erik Jones was a stark example. Kyle Busch deserves credit when he chooses successful drivers and deserves criticism when he doesn’t. Harrison Burton competed part-time in the 51 truck in 2016 and 2017. His finishing results were severely inconsistent though.
His performance didn’t warrant a promotion to full-time in 2019. First, he never competed in a full season of ARCA competition. Secondly, he needed at least one season to run Part-time to gain experience driving on speedway tracks, or those that are 1.5 miles in length or longer. His maiden voyage was underwhelming at best. Luckily, he’s found success in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he won his third race in his Rookie Season at Texas Motor Speedway.