Busch had never finished higher than third in NASCAR’s biggest race Sunday entering, but found himself outside to get a two-lap shoot out at the end of this season’s Daytona 500.
He also teammate Denny Hamlin worked together on a few restarts to make certain both drivers got lined up on the floor, saying,”Here at restrictor plates, even whenever you have guys that way up front, you attempt to come together as far as possible, and situation kept presenting itself, plus it was what it had been.
“I would much rather see a JGR automobile ‑‑ no crime, but I would much rather see a JGR car in Victory Lane more than anybody else. So I felt as though keeping our strength in numbers lined up was definitely going to function as best we can be.”
Teamwork on then off the table, Then on again
But with this restart, the No. 1 1 chosen to put team-work race and apart because of it. Hamlin edged and then yet another wreck attracted the flag straight out. Hamlin was currently the race pioneer.
“It is first and foremost to attempt and be certain we at least get yourself a JGR car to Victory Lane. Instead, they (Hamlin) didn’t desire to perform it the previous restart, but then since he got the guide, he WIShed to complete it again.
“You know, it is what it is. Only at least we got a JGR car in Victory Lane. That is the big picture. That is what matters, and we move on.”
“That one restart at which Denny wanted to race, so I shot the floor because I felt just like using the 14 behind me, and also the 14 was pretty fast, and also the 2-2 was behind himI felt that way would definitely be ‑‑ no, you were externally, it had been the 34. I felt just like this was definitely going to be quite a very good lane for me to take front of, and they came out of two plus they all spread out, which is when the 14 got jumped, and then the 1 1 had the lead because he had been ahead at the moment. So kind of cost .
“And he then wanted to go back into team-mate preservation mode again. Kind of funny how it swaps back and forth a little bit, but it’s what it is.”
Hamlin was placed 2nd behind by busch, his 500 finish thus far. He also won the next stage and also leaves Daytona International Speedway third in the standings, but this afternoon was roughly anyone: J.D. Gibbs.
“It is obviously very, very good, and also a boost of confidence and also everything for everybody included with Joe and all of things that Joe and the family had gone through over the past couple of weeks.
“And losing J.D…. it undoubtedly is quite a bittersweet problem for myself because I would have rather have been the one to win the race and also become in Victory Lane and observing with my team with everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and being part of the J.D. celebration, but entire, you realize, you couldn’t be more thrilled for most of the 500 people back in Joe Gibbs Racing that respected and understood and obviously looked up to J.D. for that person he was for the connections he gave all of us.”