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Race Recap for the Go Bowling at The Glen

Date: Aug. 4, 2019
Event: Go Bowling at The Glen (Round 22 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (2.45-mile, 7-turn road course)
Format: 90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Start/Finish: 3rd / 11th (Running, completed 90 of 90 laps)
Point Standing: 1st with 851 points

Race Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

● Kyle Busch started third and finished fourth, earning seven bonus points.

● The No. 18 M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Toyota driver spun on lap one and dropped back to the 10th position but was able to continue with minimal damage to the racecar’s left front.

● Busch re-entered the top-five on lap 13 and gained one additional position before the end of the first stage on lap 20.

● At the break, Busch reported the M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Toyota was loose in turns two and three but tight everywhere else.

● Crew chief Adam Stevens brought Busch to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments on lap 21, but a speeding penalty forced the No. 18 to come back down pit road.

● The team elected to make a second stop before the race went back to green to repair damage to the nose of the racecar.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

● Busch started 26th and finished 18th.

● The Las Vegas native restarted at the back of the field in 26th on lap 24 but quickly began to advance his position.

 Busch was back in the top-15 by lap 32, and when the caution came out on lap 34 he told the team he was still too tight throughout the seven-turn course.

 Busch pitted with several other cars on lap 35 for four tires, fuel and adjustments and returned to the track in 25th.

 With four laps remaining in the second stage, green-flag racing resumed and Busch gained seven spots to finish 18th. 

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 41-90):

● Busch started 17th and finished 11th.

● The M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Toyota driver stayed on track at the stage break and restarted 17th on lap 43.

● Busch was back in the top-10 on lap 51 and continued to advance his position to reach eighth on lap 56.

● On lap 63 the yellow flag waved again, just as Busch was involved in an incident with the No. 43.

● The No. 18 team pitted twice under caution, for repairs and radio issues, but remained on the lead lap and restarted in 29th with 25 laps to go.

● Busch drove his M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Toyota from 17th to 11th in the final 15 laps, just missing out on a top-10 finish.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

“I thought we had a really good shot of turning our luck around this weekend with our M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Toyota, but we’ll add this to the list of races at Watkins Glen that didn’t quite go our way. Our Camry was really strong in practice, but we were just too tight when the race started. And with pit strategy and other events happening on track, we never got a chance to get back up front and contend for a win. But with the day we had, an 11th-place finish isn’t that bad.”

Next Up: The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.