Kyle Busch won Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway -- defending his race win at the track from one year ago. It is his 17th career NSCS win and 13th victory in a Toyota Camry. Busch started on the...
Kyle Busch won Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway -- defending his race win at the track from one year ago. It is his 17th career NSCS win and 13th victory in a Toyota Camry.
Busch started on the pole and led 226 (of 400) laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 18 M&M's Camry at the three- quarter-mile oval. He led 221 of the first 229 laps.
It is the 24th NSCS victory for Toyota since the start of the 2007 season.
Martin Truex Jr. (seventh) and Marcos Ambrose (ninth) also posted top-10 finishes for Toyota Saturday night.
Camry drivers Denny Hamlin (11th), David Reutimann (15th), Joey Logano (16th), Brian Vickers (20th), Robby Gordon (28th), Scott Speed (35th), Reed Sorenson (41st), Tony Raines (42nd) and Joe Nemechek (43rd) were also in the field.
The victory enabled Busch to climb two spots to third in the unofficial NSCS point standings following Richmond, 109 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. Hamlin (seventh), Truex (14th) and Logano (17th) are also in the top-20 in points.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How did you come back win the race? "I don't know man. Dave Rogers (crew chief) -- I can't thank Dave enough. It's just unbelievable to be back in victory lane. A lot of people doubted what we were doing, but I never did. I got to say thanks to M&M's, of course all these guys that do so much work on this team. I want to thank the fans. Birthday weekend. Always great to have all their support."
How did you get to the front on the last restart? "I don't know. I don't even remember what happened. Where was I? Was I on the outside? I just drove it down into turn one and hope it stuck. I drove it too far and I got it pointed just in time and had a major drive up off the corner, and I knew I needed to baby it into turn three and try to get a good launch off of turn four, as well. Finally, got to clear Jeff (Gordon) and got down to the bottom and set sail from there. Those guys got racing. It's the best thing when you get out front and see the guys behind you racing and let you lead out there. I can't thank M & M's enough. They've been behind me so much. They're on my truck program. So, it's now on the truck boys to go after one tomorrow in Kansas."
What happened to your race car during the middle of the race? "I don't know, but I don't care. It came back at the end. For some reason, we kind of fell behind there a little bit there in the mid-stages of the race. These guys on this M&M's Camry team have done such an awesome job. Can't thank Dave Rogers (crew chief) enough. What an awesome guy he is. He's made this team what it is this year and these guys have dug in really hard and given that extra effort. This is what it is going to take. It's going to take these guys pulling hard and for me driving hard to get to victory lane more often in order to get to the Chase -- in order to beat 48 (Jimmie Johnson) in the Chase. We've got a lot going for us."
Can you keep this momentum going? "I certainly hope so. We have a tough race track next week coming up in Darlington. Then we go to Dover, one of my favorites again and then we get to go to Charlotte, my favorite. Never won a Cup race there, so maybe we can change that this year. Dave's (Rogers, crew chief) brought a lot to the team. He's got a lot going on. The engineering group and everybody's really been working hard. Got to thank Joe (Gibbs) and J.D. (Gibbs) for giving Dave (Rogers) the go-ahead and everything he needs in order to make this program possible and then again these guys for all their hard work. They don't get to see the limelight; they get to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
What changed in your car that enabled you to drive to the front? "I cannot get over how bad our NAPA Toyota was at the start of the race. And then Pat (Tryson, crew chief) started adjusting on it and bam -- it came to life. In the history of my career, I've never had a car turn around that well. It was a fun night. We may have adjusted on the track bar a little too much at the end, but it still drove off the corners really well. I cannot get over how our night changed. Tryson and the team did an awesome job for me. It was an awesome night."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kingsford/Bush's Baked Beans Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 9th
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 11th
How do you feel after the race? "I feel all right. It's a shame we had such a bad car. That was a struggle. We got up towards right there at the top-five within 100 (laps) to go. Our car just wouldn't go on restarts -- it was bottoming out too bad. I just couldn't go anywhere. It's a shame. I know we're better than that. I know I'm better than that. It was a tough day. Just keep building."
Are you frustrated? "It's frustrating because, like I told Mike (Ford, crew chief), I should be able to run top-10 here running around on my feet. For us to finish where we did -- pretty disappointing."
What issues did you face in the race? "Our car just slammed the race track all day long. Just couldn't figure it out. In practice it was doing it too. I thought we had the stuff to get it fixed and we didn't. Just were off."
Did you have the same issues all weekend? "The car was exactly the same all weekend, right when we unloaded. It was terrible and slow and we ended terrible and slow. For a lot of guys, it's a decent finish and it's a good finish. For us, it's a short track and it's unacceptable."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
Are you happy with tonight's result? "That wasn't really the result we wanted. We had a very good Aaron's Dream Machine early on, but it just got tighter and harder to turn the center as the race went on. Just disappointed. We were so good early I was hoping to finish a little better than we did. That said, we brought home a clean car with a top-15 finish. Hopefully we can do a little better next week."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 16th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 BAMvip.com/James Otto/Whitney Duncan Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 28th
REED SORENSON, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 41st
TONY RAINES, No. 64 Gunselman Motorsports Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 43rd
-source: toyota motorsports