Although it’s been a disappointing season for Joe Gibbs Racing in many ways, the perennial powerhouse organization may be in the best position it’s been in all year heading to Road America. On Sunday at Nashville, JGR’s drivers combined to lead 250 and 300 laps and the organization founded and owned by Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs placed two drivers in the top eight. This certainly wasn’t the result JGR wanted, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the JGR bunch as a whole displayed the most speed it’s displayed at any track all season.
Like other organizations, JGR seems to be getting a handle little by little on this year’s new Next Generation Cup Series car. “I think as we all continue to learn and grow, the good teams will be the good teams everywhere,” Kyle Busch said. “But you know, it is kind of patchy right now with just getting an understanding built around this car.” Even though JGR – which has gone to Victory Lane three times over 17 races this season – seems to be improving, Busch isn’t overly confident about Sunday’s race at Road America in light of the organization’s struggles earlier this season on the road courses at Circuit of The Americas and Sonoma.
“I would say both road course events so far this year were not our strong suit,” Busch said. “Why we missed it? I don't know. If I could answer that, we wouldn't struggle. We wouldn't have been bad.”