Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch Open Up on Their Cup Race at Watkins Glen

Published 08/10/2021, 5:22 PM EDT
Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) inspects damage to his car after a collision with driver Denny Hamlin (not seen) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


During the NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International, Kyle Larson won ahead of teammate Chase Elliott and three of the four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. Martin Truex Jr led the trio, with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin behind him. Meanwhile, Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron separated the JGR trio from their teammate, Christopher Bell.

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Speaking after the race, Truex Jr said, “It was quite a battle. James (Small, crew chief) did a great job with our Reser’s Fine Foods Camry to get track position to put us where we needed to be. We didn’t quite have the speed on the longer runs to take advantage of that track position.”

While they tried hard to gun for the win, they were still, unfortunately, a little way behind Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott on the road course front. While trying to hunt down the Hendrick pair, he used up his tires, and they simply rabbited away.

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What did Kyle Busch say about his race?

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Meanwhile, teammate Kyle Busch said, “We just didn’t quite have what we needed. That was not fun. The guys gave me a pretty decent Snickers Camry. Just not quite where we needed it and not quite good enough. Just couldn’t really hang on during the long runs. We’d lose too much time off the corners and be too slick.

“Fought hard all day. A lot of green flag action today and a lot of long runs. As much as I workout, I’m out of shape.”

Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) pits during a cation after a collision with driver Denny Hamlin (not seen) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Gibbs Racing duo have already qualified for the playoffs, so this and the next three races are merely a formality for them. However, their teammate Denny Hamlin will be desperate to reach Victory Lane at least once this season. His season is a stark contrast to last year, when he rivaled Kevin Harvick for the most wins in the season.

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