Race Recap for the Toyota 200
Date: May 21, 2020
Event: Toyota 200 (Round 5 of 33)
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Location: Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile oval)
Format: 147-laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 147 laps)
Start / Finish: 26th / 2nd (Completed 147 of 147 laps)
Race Winner: Chase Briscoe
Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)
- Kyle Busch and the No. 54 M&M Thank You Heroes Toyota Supra started Thursday’s race at Darlington Raceway from the 26th position and finished stage one in the fourth place
- With no practice or qualifying, Busch rolled off from the 26th position and moved up to fifth before the competition caution flag flew on lap 15.
- Under the caution flag crew chief Jacob Canter called Busch to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to help the front turn better. The race restarted on lap 24 with Busch in the fifth spot.
- On lap 29, Busch got a Darlington stripe causing minor damage. Four laps later a caution flag flew for debris on the racetrack. Busch informed his crew chief that he was a little too loose to compete with the leaders.
- Busch restart fifth on lap 39 and was able to move up to fourth by the end of the stage.
- Under the stage caution, Canter summoned his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. A super-fast pit stop by the M&M’s pit road allowed Busch to rocket to the lead for the stage two restart.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)
- Busch started the second stage from the point position and lead all 45 laps in stage 2
- While leading the Toyota 200, Busch informed his crew chief that he was just too loose and needed an adjustment on the next stop.
- Under the second stage caution, Busch brought his Supra down pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. Unfortunately, NASCAR busted Busch for speeding on pit road and he was forced to restart 21st
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-147)
- Busch started the final stage 21st and finished the race in the second position.
- Busch slowly worked his way through the field and was listed fifth when the final caution flag flew on lap 131.
- Busch once again brought his No. 54 M&M’s Thank You Heroes Toyota Supra down pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments. Another solid stop by the M&M pit crew saw Busch restart third with 10 laps remaining in the race.
- On the restart, Busch jumped to second and battled with Chase Briscoe during the final two laps. They would swap the lead coming to the white. However, Briscoe was able to grab the lead coming off turn 4. Busch finished the race second.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 54 M&M’s Thank You Heroes Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
“You always like to come out on the better end of it of course, but the real mission today was thanking our heroes and I appreciate Mars/Wrigley Confectionary and all their associates for the red, white and blue Supra here today with M&M’s on it. It was a lot of fun to be able to give back to our heroes. Had a good showing and put on a little bit of an exciting show there at the end. I knew being on the inside going into one wasn’t good, but he (Chase Briscoe) got such a bad run off of four that I had no choice. I thought about blitzing the outside of three and four, but I knew that he would just go in on the bottom and slide up to the top and plug it for me. I didn’t really know what to do so I just tried what I tried and it wasn’t going to be enough. We weren’t close enough. He was super loose, but I had no way of getting close enough to him anyways. We’ll take second I guess, have no other choice, right? Topped the list or maybe I already did that for the most second-place finishes. I might have beat Mark Martin for second-place finishes so that’s something I guess.”
Next Up: The team now heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Alsco 300 on Monday, May 25, 2020. Busch will be back behind the wheel of the No. 54 Toyota Supra. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with live coverage provided by SiriusXM, PRN and FS1.