“Everyone’s Open to Sharing” – Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Crew Chief Hails Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing

Published 03/14/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 01: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, Adam Stevens, crew chief of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)


Joe Gibbs Racing hasn’t become one of NASCAR’s finest outfits without excruciating hard work. The likes of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr have all contributed to its successes in recent times.

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But ultimately, there are a lot of efforts that go on behind the scenes, which includes teams possibly gaining knowledge from one another to deliver results. Building on that, Busch’s crew chief Ben Beshore believes there is a sense of openness at JGR to share insights between the company’s teams.

Beshore stated, “You know it’s probably an 80-20 blend of that, 80% you’re focusing on your car and your driver. What he’s telling you and what you can do to fix those problems.

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“Honestly, if you see the #11’s running tenth all day and all of a sudden he drives to third, you wanna know what he did. So we’re definitely studying what they’re doing on air pressure or adjustments.”

We do a lot of notebook sharing even during the race, said Beshore

To attain certain competitiveness, drivers’ teams sometimes remain extremely discreet over their data analysis and relevant knowledge. But Beshore believes that at Joe Gibbs Racing, the idea is for the entire organization to continue growing as a whole.

He continued, “The great thing about Joe Gibbs Racing is everyone’s open to sharing what they’re working on, and what’s gonna make the car faster. And ultimately, that will make the whole company faster.”

“We do a lot of notebook sharing even during the race, and I’ve got engineers studying all that stuff too. So yeah, there’s a lot of information flowing both ways for sure.”

Kyle Busch and other JGR drivers have made a good start to the 2021 season

The organization’s lead driver comes in the form of Hamlin, who occupies the top spot in the drivers’ standings currently. Busch has also recovered in the last two races with respective finishes of 10th and 3rd, the latter most recently arriving at Las Vegas.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Bell has already won a race for them in 2021, with Truex Jr delivering effective finishes in addition as well.

Therefore, JGR definitely has been in the mix for finishing as winners in the opening five races of the season. Indeed, the outfit’s management will hope that all teams keep progressing to achieve the requisite objectives.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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