Busch Finishes Strong at Phoenix
Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M'S Thank You Fans Toyota Camry
Race Recap for the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale
Date: Nov. 6, 2022
Event: NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500k (Round 36 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Phoenix Raceway (1-mile oval)
Format: 312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/115 laps/122 laps)
Start/Finish: 22nd/7th (Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Point Standing: 13th (2,224 points)
Champion: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Race Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
● Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Thank You Fans Toyota Camry, finished seventh in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale from Phoenix Raceway.
● Busch started 22nd, and moved up to 16th by lap 14. He radioed to interim crew chief Seth Chavka to tell him that he needed more rear attachment all the way through corner exit.
● The two-time Cup Series champion fell to 20th by lap 119 after a slow pit stop, but Busch battled back over the next run and finished 16th in Stage 2.
●The M&M’S Thank You Fans driver restarted 16th for Stage 2 and was able to take off over two separate restarts, as he found himself all the way up to the seventh spot by lap 218.
● The caution waved with late in the race and Busch came to pit road on lap 269, where Busch came off pit road in seventh.
● The race went green for the final 30 laps as Busch brought home a solid seventh place run in his final ride in the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Thank You Fans Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“It was an emotional day for a lot of reasons. I’m just thankful for everyone at Mars, Interstate Batteries, Toyota, and everyone who supported our program for the last 15 years. The Gibbs family is in my prayers and I’m thankful to them for everything they’ve done for me in my time here.”
The 2023 season begins with a non-points exhibition race Feb. 5 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before kicking off its 36-race slate of points-paying events with the 65th Daytona 500 on Feb. 19 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, both on FOX. Each event will be live and can also be heard on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.