Tuesday, May 24

Kyle Busch ­– No. 18 DEWALT Toyota Camry TRD Preview – Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway

No. 18 DEWALT Toyota Camry TRD News and Notes:

  • BUSCH AT PHOENIX: The two-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion has three victories at Phoenix Raceway, including back-to-back wins in November 2018 and March 2019, as well as 12 top-five finishes and 23 top 10’s. Busch also has 11 Xfinity Series wins and two Truck Series wins on his resume at the one-mile track.
  • DEWALT TOUGH: Busch and the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team will have a new look this weekend as they welcome DEWALT aboard their Toyota Camry TRD. Although this will be Busch’s first race in the DEWALT brand, this will mark DEWALT’s eighth season on track with JGR.
  • WEEKEND REWIND: The NCS made its third stop of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Busch, a Vegas native, had the odds stacked against him after his No. 18 Toyota Camry TRD suffered a flat tire in practice, which forced the No. 18 team to a backup car. After nine hours of work by the JGR team to prepare the alternative car, Busch put on a show as he had some of the fastest lap times of the day in the race. In the final stage, Busch looked poised to win, as he had led 49 laps, until a caution came out and varying pit road strategies put Busch behind three Hendrick Motorsport cars. Busch got blocked on the final restart and crossed the finish line in fourth position.
  • JGR AT PHOENIX: In 135 combined starts at Phoenix, JGR has earned seven NCS victories at Phoenix, 43 top-five finishes, 73 top-10s and 2,661 laps led.  The championship-winning organization has won six pole awards with an average start of 11.5 an average finish of 12.8. 
  • RACE INFO: The Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 13, 2022. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.

 

From the Cockpit:

Kyle Busch: “I’ve enjoyed racing at Phoenix, so looking forward to heading there this weekend in out DEWALT Toyota Camry TRD. We were able to test out there in January and we were a bit off of where I was expecting. But since the season started, everyone at JGR and TRD have worked really hard and I think we’ve improved in a lot of areas with the new car. We had really good speed in the race on Sunday [at Vegas], so I’m hoping our cars are fast in Phoenix and we can take some of the things we learned in the test there and apply them to what we’ve learned about the car over the last few races and have a shot at the win there.”

 

Busch’s Career NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Phoenix Raceway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

33

3

12

23

4

1,190

10.4

10.8

 

Busch’s 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

3

0

1

2

0

77

16.7

8.0

 

Busch’s Career NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

609

59

229

340

32

18,358

12.1

13.6

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