Kyle Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep all three races in a weekend after winning Saturday's Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Doublemint Camry. Busch ...
Kyle Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep all three races in a weekend after winning Saturday's Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 Doublemint Camry.
Busch started 19th and led four times for a race-high 282 (of 500) laps at the half-mile track en route to victory lane, crossing the finish line 0.677 seconds ahead of fellow Camry driver David Reutimann.
It is Busch's fourth win in 11th NSCS starts at Bristol, and second straight summer race win at the track.
The 25-year-old Las Vegas native was also victorious in Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race and Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event at Bristol.
Reed Sorenson (15th), Martin Truex Jr. (17th), Joey Logano (18th) and Marcos Ambrose (20th) also posted top-20 finishes for Toyota at Bristol. Camry drivers Scott Speed (33rd), Denny Hamlin (34th), Kevin Conway (36th), Casey Mears (39th), Robby Gordon (40th), Todd Bodine (41st), Scott Riggs (42nd) and Michael McDowell (43rd) were also in the field
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Doublemint Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
What does it mean to pull off the weekend 'sweep?' "It means a lot. I'm out of breath. I've been screaming the whole time. Normally, you take your time to get your breath back, but I used it all up. Man, I can't say enough about this team, Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports earlier this week. Man, this Doublemint Camry was awesome today. What a great race car. It's the second time we ran it this year, and the second race for Doublemint, and we won for them. Again, I can't thank these guys enough. Flawless pit stops. We got beat just by the time line over there with Jimmie (Johnson) one time. Other than that, these guys were awesome. M&M's, Combos, Interstate Batteries, Toyota, of course. Sprint for the awesome series. I got a great cell phone. NOS Energy Drink is always good to me too. Marquis Jets. Gillette, of course, and all my loving fans. It's awesome."
What was your thought process on coming to the pits for tires at the end? "I knew the 00 (David Reutimann) jumped us. I was like,'I can't let any of these other guys jump us.' When we came out on the pit cycle, he was ahead of us. I had to try to run him down. Fortunately, I got past him there after the yellow, but yeah, with (Jamie) McMurray, I didn't want to get beat again with guys on tires and getting out in front me and me have to run them down and pass them later. It's good to come to the pits when we did. We were able to get our tires and actually, we beat them out of the pits by a mile. Really good pit stops by these guys. I can't thank Joe (Gibbs, team owner) and J.D. (Gibbs, team president) enough. This is awesome. I love the opportunity to come out here. I love Bristol and I love winning. And to do it for the first time ever in NASCAR, to sweep the weekend, man, that's pretty awesome. I don't know what to think. I've been trying to do this since I got to NASCAR, since I got my NASCAR career. Fortunately, tonight I was able to get it done, be the first one to do it. I'm the first in a lot of things."
What does it mean to gain spots in the point standings? "It's great. We had a strong car at Bristol. We knew we'd run well here. We were really looking forward to capitalizing and get ourselves jumped in front of the bubble spot. We didn't want to be back there where we were. It's still a tight point race here for the next two races. Atlanta is one of our struggle points, so hopefully with this week off, we can regroup a little bit, think about some things, really go to Atlanta and try to run fast. But then we go to Richmond, another one of my favorite places, so hopefully we can win again there."
DAVE ROGERS, crew chief, No. 18 Doublemint Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was your race tonight? "We're real proud of the entire 18 crew, the M&M's crew, Doublemint crew. We came off the truck really slow, and the car wasn't handling well at all, and just really proud of Kyle for sticking with us and giving us good feedback. We had great notes to go off from last night and this morning made a number of adjustments based on feedback we got, and the car was much better today and allowed Kyle to do what he needs to do."
J.D. GIBBS, team president, Joe Gibbs Racing
Does this win build momentum for the team? "Yeah, just the momentum you get from it. We had so many people here today, the Morris family, the Doublemint crew, so it was just encouraging to see them being able to celebrate with us. And obviously to cap it off, I sent off a few notes the past few days, and I've got to show you the one you sent me, it's kind of funny when you look at it. It was really a testament to Dave (Rogers) and Kyle (Busch) and all that crew and just working hard. I think it was fun to see it, and hopefully that bodes well for the Chase for us."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How are you feeling after tonight's race? "After you run 500 laps at Bristol, you're always going to be a little tired. My hat's off to everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota, Toyota Racing Development and Aaron's. I'll tell you, we had a really good car tonight, we were just a little bit short. All in all, my guys did a great job. They get all the credit. They had to work with two drivers this weekend and stepped up and did a great job."
What does this run say about your team? "We know we're capable of winning races, but unfortunately, since Chicago, we haven't done a whole lot right. My team is an excellent team and I made a lot of mistakes between Chicago race and now that hurt us. I'm proud of my guys for doing a great job. We got some good race tracks coming up for us, so we'll keep digging and see where it ends up."
How do you feel after tonight's race? "Yeah, I'm okay now. We had a good car, and it's just a total team effort. We had a great Aaron's Dream Machine, and Aric (Almirola) practiced the car the first part of practice and I was able to get in it, and we just adjusted on it some. So my team gets all the credit. I mean, we had a good race car, and we battled being loose at times through the center and loose on exit, and then we made the exit better but hurt the center, and that's kind of what ultimately got us at the end. It was a good race. I enjoyed racing the guys up front, Jamie (McMurray) and Kyle (Busch) and those guys. I feel really, really good about the finish, but I'm not feeling so hot right now, so I'm ready to go to sleep at some point. Maybe now."
Is your approach the rest of the season to keep improving the team? "That's all we can do. Unfortunately since we won Chicago, haven't done a whole lot right, and we've struggled and had some finishes that were just certainly not Chase worthy. We have to run like we ran tonight all the time almost in order to have a chance to get in. We're back a pretty good bit in the points, and I don't know if it's realistic shot or not, but we're just going to keep trying to run as good as we can. We don't have anything to lose, just go out there and try to win races and gamble on pit strategy and things like that to try to make things happen because you're either in or you're not. I'm proud of my guys, and as far as what we do the rest of the year as far as pit strategy and things, those will be Rodney Childers' (crew chief) call, but we'll just go out there and race as hard as we can and get all we can while we can."
How was your battle with Kyle Busch at the end of the race? "It's just me trying to stay ahead of him and getting back to the gas a little early. We got together, but we were just racing. It's no big deal. That's part of the deal. And if you race Kyle (Busch), you know you're going to get run into at some point. That's just kind of the way it is. So it's no big deal, we're just racing. But when he got by me, I just got loose, I made a mistake, and we were -- he was getting faster and we were getting tighter, so I think we were just prolonging the inevitable. You're out there leading a race, you've got to do all you can. Really he races clean, and we were just racing and got into us a little bit off of 2 over there, and hey, it's just part of the deal. No big deal, I just made a mistake, got a little loose up off the corner, got to the gas too quick, got too aggressive and he was there to pounce on it, and the rest is history."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 17th
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Busch's/Kingsford Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 18th
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 20th
How was your race tonight? "Our Home Depot Toyota was actually a top-10 car, but the speeding penalty killed us and we could never make it back up there. Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) and the guys worked hard on the car, and I feel bad about the penalty. They deserved a better finish tonight."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 34th
KEVIN CONWAY, No. 7 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 36th
CASEY MEARS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 39th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 07 SpeedFactory.TV Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 40th
TODD BODINE, No. 64 Little Joe's Autos Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Finishing Position: 41st
SCOTT RIGGS, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Finishing Position: 43rd
-source: toyota motorsports