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


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.’’

IMSA race at Daytona: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info, more

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IMSA start times: For the first time in more than five months, Daytona International Speedway will have a sports car race as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series returns to the same place it left off today (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

After being sidelined by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the premier sports car circuit will wave the green again on its 2020 season today. But instead of the annual 24-hour endurance classic, Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 will be a “sprint race” around the 3.56-mile road course.

Here are the details for IMSA’s second race of the season at Daytona (all times are ET):

IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona race information

TV: 6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports App and TrackPass

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com, as well as Sirius Channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours, 40 minutes around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 88 degrees with a 51% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the 26 cars entered in Saturday’s race.

IMSA weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

11 a.m. — WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In

1 p.m. — Garages open; pit lane equipment setup

6:15-7:15 p.m. — First practice WeatherTech Championship (all classes)

9:30 p.m. — Garages close

IMSA weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

8 a.m. — Garages open

8:45 a.m. — Fuel rig inspection

10:15 a,m — 11:30 am — Practice (restricted by classes: 10:15-10:45 a.m., GTD Silver/Bronze; 10:30-11:30 a.m., DPi/GTLM; 10:45-11:15, GTD all drivers)

1:55 p.m. — GTD qualifying

2:20 p.m. — GTLM qualifying

2:45 p.m. — DPi qualifying

6 p.m. — Formation laps

6:10 p.m. — IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona (2 hours, 40 minutes)

11:30 p.m. — Garages close