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.’’
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.