RCR NXS Race Recap: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Jesse Love and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Team Showcase Speed at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Finish: 28th
Start: 4th
Points: 5th

“Our Whelen Chevrolet was fast today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We showed good speed in practice yesterday, and after qualifying fourth, I felt like we were in a position to go after a stage win. To start the race, we fired off with a loose balance, but Danny (Stockman, crew chief) adjusted to tighten up the car. The car then got too tight to run the top, but good on the bottom. We were setting ourselves up for the last pit stop when our power steering pump stopped working with 52 laps to go. From there, I just had to maintain, keep the car clean, and get the best possible finish for our No. 2 team. While it’s not the result we wanted, we will rebound from this and show up strong at Portland International Raceway next weekend.” -Jesse Love

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet Team Continue to Lead Points After Strong Showing at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Finish: 25th
Start: 8th
Points: 1st

“We had a good day going in our Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet. Our car went through major changes during the race. It fired off really loose everywhere especially on throttle. As the run continued in Stage 1, the balance was still free, but it got better, especially when I started to run on the top. After the first round of adjustments though, the handling went the opposite direction and was very tight when I moved off the bottom. I was sliding all the way to the wall when the car landed. The tightness continued through the rest of the race, but we were making gains on it. Everyone took scuff tires on the last pit stop and with the older tires, I was in a slide trying to stay off the No. 00. His right rear might have skimmed the wall, but then he doored me which ended up cutting down my right front. When I drove down into Turn 1 deep, I didn’t know my tire was down yet and at that point, my car wouldn’t turn, and we made contact. I hate it for everyone on this No. 21 team because we were going to finish inside the top-five or at least the top-10.” -Austin Hill

Kyle Busch Leads Laps Enroute to Sixth-Place Finish in the Rebel Bourbon/BetMGM Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Finish: 6th
Start: 2nd
Points: N/A

“We had a fast Rebel Bourbon/BetMGM Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and it’s a lot of fun to race these cars on Saturday afternoons. It’s just a shame we couldn’t get to Victory Lane for the BetMGM 300, especially after leading so many laps. Early on in the race we had decent grip compared to everybody else, but as we put tires on it each time we just seemed to get further and further away. We will have to take our Chevy back to the shop and work on it to try to and improve. I have a few ideas that could help some of the things I was fighting today in these RCR cars compared to some of the things I felt years ago racing the JGR cars. I appreciate Richard Childress and everyone at RCR for this opportunity. We led some laps and ran well but needed a little bit more.” -Kyle Busch

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