LAS VEGAS — After winning last Sunday’s Cup race at Phoenix, Denny Hamlin expressed surprise at the performance of his No. 11 Toyota. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, who finished sixth, wasn’t shocked at all.
“I thought that there would be big things that could come out of JGR this year, and we’re already seeing some of the fruits from that with Denny’s win in Phoenix,” Busch said Friday at Las Vegas. “. . . I congratulate Denny, and it’s funny, because we were at our team debrief on Friday (before the Phoenix race), and he was just complaining about how slow he was, he didn’t have any speed and this and that and everything else.
“And I said, ‘Just shut up. You’ll be fine. You’ll make it work.’ So, obviously, he did, and he was fine.”