Michael Waltrip Racing responds to Kyle Busch’s comments about working together

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clint Bowyer’s response to Kyle Busch saying that Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip are “idiots” for not working more closely together?

“If we could get Kyle to work better with us, I think that it would be beneficial for sure,’’ Bowyer quipped Tuesday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup media tour.

Busch expressed his disappointment Monday that he has not seen as much collaboration between the two Toyota teams as he hoped. Toyota scored only two Cup victories last season – both by Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch won at Auto Club Speedway, and Hamlin won at Talladega.

Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, said Tuesday that the Toyota teams are working together in some areas.

“Some level of collaboration that makes sense,’’ Kauffman said. “You see that across all the different manufacturers. Are there areas where between Toyota, JGR and Michael Waltrip Racing can we collaborate … that make sense to improve our overall level of competition? I think absolutely. Do we do that right now? Yes. Do we do it incrementally. I think the answer also is yes.

“When the cars are finishing 1-2-3-4-5 every weekend, I think maybe we might collaborate less or re-think where we’re at. Until we have that quality problem, I think we have plenty to work on.’’

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.