Busch Scores First Victory In No. 8 NASCAR Chevy At Fontana 2023: Video4
Kyle Busch only recently turned his back on his Toyota-supported race team to take control of the No. 8 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1, and it only took two races for him to find Victory Lane once again. He took home the trophy in the Cup Series race at Fontana on February 26th, 2023.
Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 1 Camaro, led the most laps around the two-mile oval track in California, and did his best to valiantly hold off the No. 8 Camaro of Busch as the race wound down. However, Busch’s No. 8 Camaro completed the pass for good on Lap 180, stretching his lead to 2.998 seconds over second-place Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Camaro at the finish line.
“I can’t thank [team owners] Richard and Judy [Childress] enough, [teammate] Austin [Dillon] for calling me and getting me talking and getting me the opportunity to come over here to [Richard Childress Racing],” said Busch, who served a speeding penalty early in the race, but bounced back at the end. He went on, “You put yourself in a different situation and you’re able to reward your guys. It’s not about me always winning, but about the guys. I’ve worked with a lot of great people who’ve given me a lot of great opportunities in my career. It’s awesome to be able to reward them.”
Elliott’s second-place effort behind the wheel of the No. 9 NASCAR Chevy should certainly not be overlooked. Since Saturday’s qualifying session was rained out and the lineup was set by formula instead of on-track speed, Elliott’s No. 9 Camaro started 31st. Clearly, he had one of the fastest race cars in the field.
“Yeah, just really proud of our team,” Elliott said. “We obviously didn’t run very good there toward the end of the year last year, and just everybody really went to work hard over the winter to try and get better.”
As a reminder, Sunday’s racing events marked the finale of Auto Club Speedway as a two-mile oval asphalt. Much of its property has been sold off already, and there are unconfirmed plans in the works to configure it into a half-mile short track, although NASCAR recently stated that it is evaluating market interest in the area. As such, the future of NASCAR’s presence in Fontana is unclear.
|Finish||Start||Car Number||Driver||Team||Laps Run||Laps Led||Car|
|1||21||8||Kyle Busch||Lucas Oil Chevrolet||200||27||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|2||33||9||Chase Elliott||NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet||200||1||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|3||8||1||Ross Chastain||Kubota Chevrolet||200||91||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|4||7||99||Daniel Suarez||Freeway Insurance Chevrolet||200||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|5||10||4||Kevin Harvick||GEARWRENCH Ford||200||5||Ford Mustang|
|6||13||11||Denny Hamlin||Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota||200||11||Toyota TRD Camry|
|7||16||6||Brad Keselowski||Castrol Edge Ford||200||2||Ford Mustang|
|8||4||48||Alex Bowman||Ally Chevrolet||200||17||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|9||28||3||Austin Dillon||Dow Coatings Chevrolet||200||3||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|10||3||22||Joey Logano||AAA Southern California Ford||200||19||Ford Mustang|
|11||14||19||Martin Truex Jr||Reser's Fine Foods Toyota||200||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|12||2||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Ralphs/Tree Top Chevrolet||200||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|13||5||17||Chris Buescher||Pala Casino Ford||200||0||Ford Mustang|
|14||12||7||Corey LaJoie||NEGU Chevrolet||200||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|15||24||21||Harrison Burton||DEX Imaging Ford||200||0||Ford Mustang|
|16||23||54||Ty Gibbs #||Monster Energy Toyota||200||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|17||25||38||Todd Gilliland||Long John Silver's Ford||200||0||Ford Mustang|
|18||26||34||Michael McDowell||Horizon Hobby Ford||200||6||Ford Mustang|
|19||34||43||Erik Jones||Allegiant Chevrolet||200||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|20||31||14||Chase Briscoe||Rush Truck Centers/MobilDelvac Ford||200||0||Ford Mustang|
|21||29||31||Justin Haley||LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet||199||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|22||20||42||Noah Gragson #||Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet||199||1||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|23||22||15||JJ Yeley||ActOne Group Ford||199||0||Ford Mustang|
|24||30||78||BJ McLeod||American Hartford Gold Chevrolet||199||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|25||32||24||William Byron||RaptorTough.com Chevrolet||198||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|26||9||12||Ryan Blaney||Wurth Ford||196||16||Ford Mustang|
|27||11||51||Cody Ware||Biohaven Ford||195||0||Ford Mustang|
|28||19||2||Austin Cindric||Menards/Quaker State Ford||194||0||Ford Mustang|
|29||15||5||Kyle Larson||HendrickCars.com Chevrolet||185||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|30||18||23||Bubba Wallace||Leidos Toyota||172||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|31||36||77||Ty Dillon||NationsGuard Chevrolet||140||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
|32||1||20||Christopher Bell||Sirius XM Toyota||88||1||Toyota TRD Camry|
|33||27||41||Ryan Preece||HaasTooling.com Ford||87||0||Ford Mustang|
|34||35||45||Tyler Reddick||The Beast Unleashed Toyota||87||0||Toyota TRD Camry|
|35||17||10||Aric Almirola||Smithfield Ford||86||0||Ford Mustang|
|36||6||16||AJ Allmendinger||Farmsmart Chevrolet||75||0||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1|
# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver
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Congratulations to Kyle and RCR
Congratulations! Just think how many more wins and Championships Chevy would have if Hendricks hadn’t fired Kyle years ago? His numbers would be even more impressive!
RCR Baby! That’s was a great race. Reminiscent of 2019, when he also got a speedy penalty, but charged ahead for the win. Starting 2023 strong. Almost winning The Clash & Dayton a 500.
I was surprised how many fans braved the cold. I wore my thickest jacket.
KFB driving for RCR and Team Chevy? Hey, I’m on his bandwagon now! KFingB Let’s GO! #NASCAR