LATE RACE BEWARE DROP BUSCH AT TOP FIVE
Camry TRDs battled for victory until a late warning reassembled the field
LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2022) — Kyle Busch had to settle for a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after leading and battling with Toyota teammate Martin Truex Jr. for victory with less than five rounds remaining. A late warning would bring the field to pit road and reassemble the field for NASCAR overtime where Busch would cross the line in fourth followed by Truex Jr. (eighth) and Christopher Bell (10th).
Toyota post-race recap
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Race 3 of 36 – 400.5 miles, 267 laps
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, Alex Bowman*
2nd, Kyle Larson*
3rd, Ross Chastain*
4th, KYLE BUSCH
5th, William Byron*
8th, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
10th, CHRISTOPHER BELL
13th, KURT BUSCH
25, BUBBA WALLACE
32nd, DENNY HAMLIN
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Ethel M Chocolates Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
Final position: 4th
So close to victory, but after the adversity that the team overcame yesterday’s spin and switched to a back-up car, was today still a good result?
“True testimony to everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. Really appreciate my guys from 18, but also 11, 19 and 20 – all for coming and participating. Everyone helped get us going today So really appreciate that Great Ethel M Chocolates Toyota Camry TRD today I mean I was quick at the end and just trying to do what I could to keep my head in there with (Martin) Truex (Jr.) I felt like I was finally walking away and we were getting to white or something, I don’t know what it was, but somehow it wasn’t supposed to be. Not our day. See you next week.”
You and the team have been through a lot of adversity over the weekend and in this race, can you explain the day to us?
“Just a great effort from everyone at Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing for all the hard work and my guys on team 18 and also 11, 19 and 20. They just did a really good job of getting us here today We had no choice, we had to be here, but they worked really hard all night and put in a lot of hours, so it was good and having the opportunity to get out and run for a winning was really good too, we tried to make the most of it, but luck just wasn’t on our side.
CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 DeWalt Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
Final position: 10th
After a pole start, then a spin during the event, how did you manage to get back into the top 10?
“I don’t know, I managed to get a decent finish so it’s good to get a top 10. The DeWalt Camry was fast and I felt like we were capable of racing for the win. 18 and 19 seemed to have had it before the yellow came out and I was just as good as them. Just put it all together.
After three very different race circuits to start this season, what do you think of the progress of the team working on this new Next Gen Camry TRD?
“I feel good. Our hardware is obviously very fast. I appreciate the racing product that we have. It seems like NASCAR is really heavy on the high-drag stuff and we always have draft races and that’s a low downforce I think it’s good, we just have to put everything in place as drivers.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry TRD, Joe Gibbs Racing
Final position: 32nd
What happened that ended your run early?
“We broke the transaxle. I just killed all the gears when I left pit road. We had the best car today. I just got back and I was working to get ahead and I made some mistakes.
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