Kyle Busch: JGR success no surprise

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.

Joey Logano (L), driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, talks to Kyle Busch (R), driver of the #18 M&M's Ms. Brown Toyota, after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

“And I said, ‘Just shut up. You’ll be fine. You’ll make it work.’ So, obviously, he did, and he was fine.”