DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch was in the right place at the right time in Tuesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch was trailing leader Ryan Blaney and second place Chase Elliott as the pair entered the final chicane on the speedway’s road course. Blaney took a wide arc entering and Elliott took advantage of the extra room to get beside Blaney. Elliott couldn’t make the turn however and slammed into the door of Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang, sending him into a slow spin into the outside wall.
Elliott however was trapped behind Blaney’s spinning car and Busch was able to pass both of them and beat Elliott to the checkered flag.
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“I kind of felt like there was an interesting opportunity there that was presenting itself,” said Busch. “I think they were pushing each other a little bit, kind of messing each other up more so than being able to run clean laps. I wasn’t sure if Chase was going to push the issue and push back on Blaney and knock him through the turn and make him miss the exit or what was going to happen. The both of them had to make the turtles, if you will. They just got together and started crashing. When that started happening, I was hoping they were going to wreck long enough that I could get up in there and get by them, we could win the thing.”
Blaney was obviously disappointed.
“Personally, he wasn’t going to make the corner,” said Blaney of Elliott, who is one of his best friends. “It was going to be very hard for him to do it. Just a shame that we ended up getting turned around. Am I going to make the same move if we’re in the same position two weeks from now? Hell, yeah. I mean, why not? But I told him if you’re going to make a move like that, make sure you at least win the race. Don’t hand it to the third-place guy.”
Elliott explained his move after the race.
“Obviously coming into a tight corner there, I drove in so hard, you know, and I was to the right, my angle was really bad,” said Elliott, the defending Cup Series Champion. “I just had to stop really to try to make the corner. At that point we were side-by-side trying to stay off the curb. We both know that the curb, you don’t want to hit any more of it than you have to. Yeah, I hate it. I certainly don’t want to wreck him out of anybody. And more than anything, hate neither one of us won. Hate to hand it to somebody else like that.”
Wednesday at Daytona the Cup Series will have an afternoon practice session followed by Daytona 500 qualifying under the lights at 7:30 p.m.
Kyle Larson Wins NASCAR All Star Race
Kyle Larson held off teammate Chase Elliott and Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR All Star race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The victory was Larson’s second in the event, Hendrick Motorsports 10th and 2nd in-a-row. Chase Elliott won the event last year.
“That restart just worked out perfect where Chase kind of got choked up and I was able to get to his back bumper and push him past the 12 to get him a little bit clearer, and he kind of shaded left a little bit much, and I poked through the outside and had about — almost all fours but both right sides above where we had been running and I kind of eyeballed it under yellow and I was like, you know what, we have a 10-lap run and there’s no points on the line, I’m going to go for it if I get the chance, and if I wreck, I wreck. But I think there will be enough grip. It worked out there was,” Larson explained about the final restart where he eventually took the lead.
Keselowski finished second and was thrilled to be able to do that considering Larson was coming off wins at Charlotte and Sonoma. .
“It feels like just to run second to the Hendrick cars right now is kind of an accomplishment,” said Keselowski. “They’re just stupid fast, and I had him off of Turn 4 but they just have so much speed. He just motored right on back by me.”
Elliott finished third followed by Joey Logano in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.
Kyle Larson dominates Coca Cola 600
CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson led 327-of-400 laps and picked up his second victory of the year Sunday winning the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“My car was really, really good,” remarked Larson after the race. “I didn’t have many complaints tonight, but I just think with the grip in the track and all that, my teammates were just as good as I was.”
The victory was the eighth of Larson’s career and the 269th for Hendrick Motorsports, the most Cup Series wins for a single organization.
“From really humble beginnings and not having money to buy tires and riding in the back of a truck in Trenton, New Jersey, to watch a modified race to today, I was thinking out there on pit road hoping it wasn’t going to be a caution and we could get it done tonight, how fortunate I’ve been to have the talent that’s been at our organization,” reflected Hendrick.
That talent was on display Sunday night when four of the top five cars were Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets, including Chase Elliott who finished second.
“We absolutely got beat tonight, no question,” said Elliott matter of factly. “They (Larson and the No. 5 team) did a better job. The only thing you can do is just look for more opportunities, be excited for another chance, and fortunately we have that next week, next Sunday, and the Sunday after that.”
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch spoiled the Hendrick party by finishing third in the M&M’s Toyota followed by HMS’ William Byron in fourth and Alex Bowman in fifth.
Larson moved up one spot in the Driver’s standings and trails leader Denny Hamlin by 76-points heading into next Sunday’s race on the road course at Sonoma.
NASCAR Charlotte Notebook: Gibbs wins Xfinity Series race; Larson wins Cup Series pole position
CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs took the lead on a restart with 7-laps to go and held off Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Gibbs had a hand in the caution preceding the restart when he got together with Chase Briscoe coming off turn two, sending Briscoe into a spin who remarkably didn’t hit anything.
“I just want to say sorry to them,” remarked Gibbs about the incident with Briscoe. “This is awesome, I’ll take it. It’s definitely nice to win on an oval in my hometown.”
Briscoe wasn’t mad at Gibbs about the incident, he was more frustrated about losing the lead after some late race adjustments.
“We just made the wrong adjustment there at the end, we were too tight,” said Briscoe. “I felt like he was going to get me either way. I don’t know if he got into me or got aero loose or what. It’s definitely frustrating we ended up sixth. Felt like we were going to, for sure, be second at worse.”
Team Penske’s Austin Cindric finished second followed by Gibbs’ JGR teammate Harrison Burton in third.
The race was slowed by 10-caution flags for 51-laps including four over the last 66-laps. There were 12-lead changes among seven drivers.
Kyle Larson Wins Cup Series Pole:
Kyle Larson led a Hendrick Motorsports barrage in qualifying for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Larson’s fast lap of 180.282 mph (29.953-seconds) put the No. 5 Chevy on the pole and led the HMS squad, who all qualified in the top 7.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr will start second in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet. Stenhouse turned a lap of 180.240 mph (29.960) to earn the spot on the outside of the front row.
HMS teammates Chase Elliott and William Byron will start on row two after turning quick laps of 180.186 (29.969) and 180.180 (29.970) respectively.