Camry driver Kyle Busch claimed his first victory of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) in Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
Busch led 177 laps (of 312) in today’s race after starting from the fourth position at the on-mile desert oval.The victory is the third MENCS win for Busch at ISM Raceway. Busch also won the 2018 fall event at the speedway. With the sweep of the race weekend at ISM Raceway it marks the 12th overall MENCS/NXS sweep for Busch in a Toyota.
The win marks the 199th for Busch across the three national NASCAR series – 52 MENCS, 94 NXS and 53 NGOTS. It’s also the 48th MENCS victory for Busch behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry. Next weekend Busch will battle in both the MENCS and NXS race where he will attempt to reach an impressive 200 total NASCAR victories.
Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota drivers Martin Truex Jr. (second) and Denny Hamlin (fifth) also earned top-10 finishes in the race.
“This Skittles Camry was awesome today. The guys did a great job - Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the boys. All through practice we worked on this thing each and every time and never gave up on it. Just kept trying to fine tune it and make it better and better each and every time,” ~ Kyle Busch, No. 18 Skittles Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
“Might as well set your goals high, go out there and achieve. Let's set it at a hundred and see if we can't get there. That would certainly put us up there with the top guys, being one of the best of the best. But overall that's a long ways to go. You got to win a lot of races, a lot of years, to be able to tally up that many,” ~ Kyle Busch, No. 18 Skittles Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
“The car was really fast there at the end. Just a good day overall for our Bass Pro Camry. Everybody at JGR and TRD and everybody back at the shop are really doing a good job. Our boys in the pits did a good job today as well, so thanks to Cole (Pearn, crew chief). James (Small, engineer) and all the guys, we’re starting to click. We’re a little bit off on Fridays and that’s getting us behind, but I feel like each weekend as the weekend goes, we’re getting a little strong and a little stronger. Two second places is pretty decent. We’ll just keep chipping away at it. Had a fun day today and congrats to Kyle (Busch) and those guys,” ~ Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing