With five drivers who qualified for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs currently on the outside looking in where the 2021 playoff picture is concerned, it’s fair to assume that there’s a great deal of angst right now among several of the sport’s top dogs.
One of the drivers looking to get things turned around in a hurry is Las Vegas native and two-time Cup champion Kyle Busch, who is in his first Cup season with crew chief Ben Beshore calling the shots for his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team. After three races with Beshore atop the pit box, Busch is 18th in the standings. His best finish so far has been a 10-place result this past weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Busch would obviously love a better outcome this weekend in his hometown.
“Having a new crew chief and some new crew members this year definitely does present new challenges,” Busch said. “Working with Ben has been great so far. We’ve had some fast race cars and things haven’t turned out like we had hoped in those races because of circumstances. Ben and I worked together when he was the engineer on my car from 2015 to 2018. I feel like he’s got a good knack for the car and does a good job, and I’ve enjoyed working with him so far as we learn each other. So, we’ll keep learning each other, and I hope we can get our Toyota running up front and challenging for a win.”