Some races, we see a great racer take a less than perfect car and will it to victory. Some races, a driver gets a great car and whips the field into submission. Kyle Busch can thank the guys at the shop at Joe Gibbs Racing for his dominating victory at the 2018 running of the Coca-Cola 600.
“Adam Stevens and everybody on this Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was just on it, and that M&M’s Camry was fast and wanted to stay up front, and it was pretty easy to do that with something driving so good,” said the race winner. “I could pretty much go anywhere I wanted. That thing was so racy. I’d just go to the middle, I’d go to the bottom, I’d just run wherever I wanted to. It was good and gripped up and felt really, really strong and comfortable wherever I needed to go.”
Busch was quick to hand out kudos to crew chief Adam Stevens and the team for putting him in a position to win. Kyle Busch now has four wins on the season, and while Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series with five, it’s Busch on top.
We talked about it last week with Harvick, and the 18 team for Kyle Busch demonstrates it again: it takes teamwork to win, even in a so-called “individual” sport. The drivers don’t turn wrenches. While it is up to them to make what they’ve been given work- and their feedback is valuable- the mechanics have to make it happen. How many times have we seen a struggling driver find new life when he starts driving for a better team. Think Clint Bowyer for reference.
So much for Ford stinking up the show. Busch’s teammate Denny Hamlin had a good showing with a third place run. Toyota ally Martin Truex Jr. finished second.
Have you ever competed knowing that you had the field covered? It’s a rush. Kyle Busch experienced that feeling Sunday. He set sail and easily made it to harbor without much of a threat from the competition.