Race Recap for the Gander RV 400
Date: May 6, 2019
Event: Gander RV 400 (Round 11 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (120 laps/120 laps/160 laps)
Start/Finish: 22nd/10th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 1st (460 points, 5 ahead of second)
Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120):
● Kyle Busch started 22nd and finished 11th.
● Busch was able to move up three spots to 19th in the first lap before reporting he was tight center off and real tight in traffic.
● After a competition caution on lap 40, the No. 18 PEDIGREE Toyota Camry crew added fuel, changed four tires and made a left-rear wedge adjustment, then sent Busch back to the track in the 13th spot.
● Busch worked his way up to 11th by the time the yellow flag flew on lap 106. His pit crew again changed four tires, added fuel and made a right-rear wedge adjustment to try to loosen up the car. Thanks to a quick stop, Busch restarted in the top-10.
● At the conclusion of Stage 1, Busch was in the 11th position and reporting the car was still tight.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240):
● Busch started ninth and finished eighth.
● The 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion continued to radio the No. 18 PEDIGREE Toyota crew that the car was tight in the center, center exit and all around.
● During a green-flag pit stop on lap 183 Busch brought the car down for four tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment and was up to eighth by lap 197.
● At the end of Stage 2, the No. 18 PEDIGREE Toyota was eighth and Busch was reporting that the car started good but by the end it was really tight. The crew went to work on the car, adding four fresh tires and fuel and making adjustments.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 241-400):
● Busch started seventh and finished 10th.
● After 10 laps, Busch brushed the outside wall and radioed that he had some smoke coming from the right rear. He continued to race in the eighth spot before the yellow came out, and he brought the car down pit road on lap 265.
● The pit crew went to work pulling out the right-rear fender, putting on four tires, filling the Toyota Camry with fuel and making several wedge and trackbar adjustments to send the car back out 15th on lap 269.
● As the race went under 100 laps left to go, Busch worked his way up to 13th.
● After a quick four-tire and fuel pit stop under green, Busch wheeled the No. 18 PEDIGREE Toyota into the top-10 by lap 349.
● Busch spent the final 50 laps in the 10th position, which he maintained to the conclusion of the event.
● Busch earned three bonus points for finishing eighth in Stage 2.
● Busch led one time for one lap.
● Busch remains the championship leader after Dover with a five-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 PEDIGREE® Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“I kind of thought we were off as a program, but obviously the No. 19 won the race. We were probably going to end up about eighth, but then I got into the wall at the start of the last stage, so after that I was just sort of hanging on with my Pedigree Camry. It would have been nice to run better. It would have been nice to lead laps. When you run better you have something to hang your hat on. So, we obviously have some work to do before we come back here in the fall.”
Next Up: The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Digital Ally 400 on Saturday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.