It was a strong night for Joe Gibbs Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Kyle Busch earning an impressive second-place finish in the Bank of America 500, while Denny Hamlin crossed the finish line in ninth, and Joey Logano took the checkered flag in 12th.
Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with an 11th-place finish today in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Meanwhile teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano would finish 16th and 29th respectively.
Kyle Busch started his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota in the third position and quickly jumped up into the second spot following the drop of the green flag. The car would become loose just a few laps later however and cause him to drift back to sixth by the time the first caution came out. Busch would restart the race in the 14th position following that first caution, but was able to make his way forward to the front of the field once again. A two-tire pit stop would allow Busch to take the lead on lap 86 and pick up an important bonus point toward his overall standings in the point race. A few laps into the run the car would become extremely loose however and Busch would drop back to run fifth. Like many others Busch would battle the handle on the car as it shifted from loose to tight much of the day, but despite those challenges he would run top-five much of the race. Crew chief Dave Rogers would make the call for a two-tire change when a caution came out with 27 laps to go. Unfortunately the No. 18 Camry would suddenly become extremely tight and Busch would lose several positions on the ensuing restart. He was running in 10th when the day’s final caution came out to create a green-white-checker finish. The M&Ms crew would make another two-tire stop in hopes that the fresher tires would give the team an advantage over the final two laps, but this time the car would go extremely loose and Busch was forced to hang on for an 11th-place finish.
Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with a sixth-place finish in today’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, while Denny Hamlin finished 18th and Joey Logano was 29th.
Kyle Busch started the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota from the fifth position and was able to race inside the top five for much of the day. Busch was able to lead a lap and pick up the important bonus point for doing so during a round of green flag pit stops on lap 113. The Interstate Batteries Camry would remain inside the top ten for most of the second half of the race despite Busch having to battle changing conditions to his car. Busch would run fourth when the green flag waived for the final restart of the day on lap 366 and he was able to quickly maneuver around Kasey Kahne to take the third spot. Suddenly Busch would find that his 18 car had become extremely loose however and he would spend the final 30 laps battling to remain at the front of the field. Busch would do an outstanding job and brought his Camry across the finish line in the sixth position.
Max Gresham finished third in the Dover 150 at Dover International Speedway Friday and in the process captured the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship.
“To be a NASCAR champion is the biggest thing and about the only thing that I wanted to do when I started racing,” said Gresham after the event. “Hopefully, there are more to come in the future. This one is as sweet as can be right now.”
Max Gresham rolled to a seventh-place finish as rain and wrecking cut short the New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday.
The event, which was started under threatening skies, came to a sudden conclusion when Scott Bouley pounded the Turn 2 inside retaining wall on Lap 70. Persistent rain during the ensuing caution flag curtailed the race on Lap 78, well short of its scheduled 125-lap distance.