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.’’