Race Recap for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Date: July 21, 2019
Event: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (Round 20 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon(1.058-mile oval)
Format: 301 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/151 laps)
Start/Finish: 2nd/8th (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)
Point Standing: 2nd (780 points, three points behind leader)
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Aric Almirola of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):
● Kyle Busch started second and finished first, earning 10 bonus points and one playoff point.
● Busch took the lead on the first lap of the race and radioed on lap 16 that the Interstate Batteries Camry was loose on entry in turns one and two.
● The driver of the No. 18 fell back to the third position on lap 36 after a battle with the No. 2 in traffic. He told the team his Interstate Batteries Toyota was now “plowing tight.”
● The Interstate Batteries Toyota team pitted under the first caution of the race on lap 46 for four tires, fuel and adjustments, and returned to the track in the third position.
● Busch took the lead once again on the lap-50 restart and held the top position until the end of Stage 1.
● At the conclusion of the first stage, the Las Vegas native visited pit road for right-side tires and fuel.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):
● Busch started first and finished fifth, earning six bonus points.
● The Interstate Batteries Toyota restarted first for the start of Stage 2.
● Busch maintained the lead until the third caution of the day on lap 111. He pitted for left-side tires and fuel and was the first driver off pit road. With three cars staying on track under the caution, Busch restarted fourth on lap 116.
● The Interstate Batteries driver once again took the lead on the restart and led for 23 laps until the next caution on lap 138.
● Busch pitted from the lead on lap 140 for right-side tires and fuel, saying the balance of his Toyota Camry was good.
● With several cars staying on track, Busch lined up 10th for the lap-143 restart.
● Busch made his way up to eighth and was in the midst of a three-wide battle when the field was brought back under yellow on lap 146.
● After restarting eighth, Busch moved up to fifth in the final four laps of Stage 2.
● Crew chief Adam Stevens called the Interstate Batteries driver to pit road at the break for four tires, fuel and repairs to the right-rear quarter panel that was causing a tire rub.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 151-301):
● Busch started 17th and finished eighth.
● The No. 18 was the third car off pit road, but various pit strategies being utilized placed it 17th for the start of the final stage on lap 157.
● Busch re-entered the top-10 on lap 165.
● While running seventh on lap 214, Busch got into the outside wall after getting loose and brought out the caution. He came to pit road for four tires, fuel and repairs.
● Busch’s Interstate Batteries team got him back on track in 14th for the lap-218 restart.
● The Interstate Batteries driver drove back into the top-10 on lap 226 and settled into the seventh position until the caution came out on lap 266.
● Busch pitted under yellow for four tires and fuel on lap 267. He returned to the track in the 10th position.
● The 34-year-old driver was able to advance to the eighth position during the final 28-lap green-flag run of the race to earn his 17th top-10 finish of 2019.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“We had a good car all day with our Interstate Batteries Camry. Just got into it on a restart I guess with the 42 (Kyle Larson), and that got us damage and got us behind the eight ball. We would have been on strategy with where the 11 (Denny Hamlin) was the whole rest of the day, but we had to fix damage and we weren’t able to run back through the field like we used to.”
Next Up: The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Gander RV 400 on Sunday, July 28 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.