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Race Recap

Apr 26 - 2020
Read Time 3 Min

Busch, Suárez lead Toyota at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway

Daniel Suárez scored his first iRacing top 10 finish today at Talladega Superspeedway.Busch, Suárez lead Toyota at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway

Kyle Busch and Daniel Suárez drove to top 10 finishes at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon.

After an early major crash that affected the strategy of Toyota drivers Erik Jones, Timmy Hill and Christopher Bell, the middle portions of the race went green allowing for green flag pit stops for the first time. 

Kyle Busch led Toyota with an eighth-place finish.
The race was headed to a green flag end before Jeff Gordon went for a spin late bringing out the caution. The yellow flag allowed for the field to regroup and set the stage for a wild finish. After another wreck which collected Jones for a second time, a green-white-checkered finish was guaranteed. Several Toyota drivers made runs late and at the checkered flag Kyle Busch led the Camry charge with an eighth-place finish, while Daniel Suárez crossed the line in 10th – his first top 10 in the ProInvitational Series events. Hill continued his strong run in the series with an 11th-place run, while Christopher Bell recovered from an early race accident to finish 13th.
Parker Kligerman had another strong run before settling for a 16th-place finish.

“Early on in the race, we decided to have a little bit of the lay back strategy with the Interstate Batteries Camry and see if we could miss some of those wrecks that we knew were going to happen,” said Busch after the race. “We hadn’t made more than six-to-eight laps under green in any of the practice races, so we figured it was going to happen. Guys actually did a pretty good job. It single-filed out a little bit, then there was one wreck that spread the field into two packs, and we were in the lower pack. All-in-all, we had our pit stops and got through those pretty clean and was able to get back towards the front there. Then another kind of split up happened and we got caught up in that crash with Jeff Gordon and a couple other guys. I came to pit road and fixed our minor damage. We didn’t want to use our reset yet. There were still 12 laps to go, so we figured we were going to crash again. Lo and behold, they did crash again. There was a caution, but by then it was too late. We were going to start too far back and not have a chance to run back though there. End up there at the end with just not quite a fast enough car to contend with the leaders. I got my brother (Kurt Busch) behind me, which was good to help us salvage a top 10 finish.”

Kyle Busch

Next weekend, the ProInvitational Series heads to the Monster – Dover International Speedway.