Sunday, September 23, 2018

Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps the Weekend at Richmond Raceway

Joe Gibbs Racing Sweeps the Weekend at Richmond Raceway

Kyle Busch Wins #MENCS
Christopher Bell Wins #NXS

Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch talk on the grid
Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch talk on the grid during
qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity race at Pocono Raceway
on June 2, 2018 (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

There will probably be a huge party at the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) facility on Monday, as the organization and Toyota swept the weekend at Richmond Raceway for the second time in 2018.

Christopher Bell – #NASCAR Xfinity Series

Christopher Bell – NASCAR Xfinity Series

Christopher Bell kicked off the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with his win at Richmond Raceway. The checkered flag for the ‘ 250’ was his fifth win of the season.

“I’ll tell you what, buddy, that’s pretty cool,” Bell said. “It’s not very often that you get to win with a car that’s not a winning car, so we’ll take it. Just thank you to my pit crew for the awesome pit stops tonight. Jason Ratcliff [crew chief] did a great job making this thing better each and every time we hit the pit road. Man, I'm just pumped. To be able to sweep Richmond and to get five wins on top of that just couldn’t be happier.”

Bell also won the Xfinity Series race at Richmond in April. 

Kyle Busch – Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup Series

Kyle Busch – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Kevin Harvick started on pole while Kyle Busch had to go to the back of the field (39th) due to unapproved adjustments to his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota following qualifying. However, in the end, it was 2015 Champion, Busch who held off a hard-charging Harvick in the ‘Federated Auto Parts 400’ for the win at Richmond Raceway.

It was his sixth career victory at the ¾-mile track and the 50th win of his Cup Series career, tying Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for eleventh on the all-time list.

“It’s really good to have the win to be able to go into next week. I think anytime you can punch your ticket into the next round just makes it even better,” said Busch, who led 92 laps after starting from the rear of the field “The car wasn’t great early, but once we made some adjustments, the car really came to us and took off.” 

Busch also won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond in April.

Next Weekend

Next weekend remains prominent on all the playoff drivers' minds as four of the sixteen drivers will be eliminated. The third playoff race at Charlotte Motor Speedway offers additional question marks since it will be contested on a completely unknown circuit. The ‘Roval’ is part road course and part oval; a configuration that has never been utilized in the series.

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