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Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell eye sturdy runs at 2021 Cup Sequence title
The one lively driver to carry a couple of NASCAR Cup Sequence title, Kyle Busch acknowledges the challenges he faces in making an attempt to win a 3rd, given the energy of the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets this yr.
Although Busch has superior to the Championship 4 race in 5 of the seven Playoffs carried out below the elimination format, he sees no margin for error for his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota workforce on this yr’s postseason run.
“The Hendrick guys, clearly they’re sturdy,” Busch mentioned. “Look, we’ve had our years of dominance the place you guys have in all probability requested these guys, ‘The place are these guys beating you—why is Toyota higher?’
“I get it, but it surely’s only a factor the place we’ve set to work arduous with what we’ve acquired. Sadly, we really feel as if we have now to be good so as to have the ability to compete with them. They don’t need to be good, they usually’re nonetheless going to be quick. We wouldn’t be shut if we weren’t good.
“That lends itself to a a lot tighter field that we’ve acquired to race in.”
JGR teammate Christopher Bell enters the playoffs tied for twelfth within the standings, sporting the 5 playoff factors he earned by successful the second race of the season on the Daytona Worldwide Speedway Highway Course.
Accordingly, Bell is a protracted shot to win the championship in his sophomore season—and his first within the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. However Bell stays undeterred by his underdog standing.
“It’s best to wager on me as a result of the tracks within the playoffs are all actually good race tracks for us,” Bell mentioned. “That’s primary. Quantity two, we’ve undoubtedly been getting higher over the course of the season. We haven’t put all of it collectively but to be a championship-caliber workforce, however I believe we’re undoubtedly headed in that route.
“ Spherical 1 of the playoffs, that must be a very, actually good spherical for us. Darlington, Richmond, Bristol—we’ve been to 2 of these race tracks thus far this yr, they usually’ve been two of our greatest races this yr, and Bristol’s an awesome race observe for Joe Gibbs Racing and an awesome race observe for me.
“Wanting ahead, then we have now the Charlotte Roval (cutoff race within the Spherical of 12), a highway course that we must be extraordinarily sturdy at. Then Texas, I nearly received at Texas final yr within the Cup Sequence. I believe the trail is there. We simply need to see if we are able to execute and proceed to get higher.”