Kyle Busch recognizes the progress his driver Chandler Smith has done throughout the 2021 Truck Series season.
The rookie season in the NASCAR Truck Series did not start in the best way for Chandler Smith – he had the best finish of 9th in 5 races at the Daytona oval, which was only top 10 finish. However, at Richmond, he was able to make amends – he led some laps at the end of the race and in the end finished 4th as a result. The owner of his truck Kyle Busch acknowledged the improvements the young driver made.
“They [no.18] just need more runs like that (…),” Busch said.
The Kyle Busch Motorsports owner also added that Chandler Smith and the no.18 team were improving and making right steps forward.
“Obviously, it’s about being able to run well, do well when opportunity meets preparation, that’s what Joe [Gibbs] always says, that’s when you start to win. So, I feel like they’re working on that. I know it’s not due to lack of effort,” he remarked.
“So, they definitely had some bad luck, I’d say, as well too. I think Chandler’s learning as well, like at Atlanta. He thought he had a flat tire and it was just the truck that was on the splitter, so that killed the set of tires and they were a lap down on the green flag cycle and stuff like that.”
“Those things kind of hurt, but that’s experience, and he’s getting better. I feel like today having him get up front was beneficial, was a postitive, that was a morale boost for him. And to come home 4th was certainly good (…),” Kyle Busch said in the end.