CHARLOTTE (WSLS 10 SPORTS) - You can't kick off NASCAR Media Tour week without talking about last year's winner--Kyle Busch. Busch broke his leg in the Xfinity race at Daytona and eventually returned to win his first Sprint Cup title. Day one of the Media tour included hearing from Joe Gibbs racing about Kyle's amazing comeback.
"Things just worked our way, you know. We won four out of five weeks through the summer. We went into the chase and we ran consistent throughout the chase, all the way down all the way through Homestead. (covered with video) ...and then we do what we needed to do and won that final race at Homestead and was able to win the Championship, so... just a... you know season to remember for sure," explained the new Cup Champion, Kyle Busch.
His teammates were equally impressed with both is comeback, and his performances when he returned.
"For him to be out for long time and come back in this new system and be able to still win a championship... so it was a very interesting year. But I think from a company perspective like I said in there... I feel like we're all really really competitive. I thought it was really a huge accomplishment for all four teams to win multiple races. I thought that was huge and I'm glad that one of the got the championship, "says Gibbs teammate Matt Kenseth.
"For him to just *dominate* Homestead basically I think it's spectacular. It shows he's physically and mentally tough. He's got a ton of confidence and (on cam) he can get it done and it's a motivator to me, "explains teammate Carl Edwards.
While the JGR team is preparing for another season on the track, the retired jeff Gordon is getting ready for his new role as part of the Fox Sports Broadcast team.
"I've been having thoughts about getting out of the car for a while ... I had many conversations with Rick Hendrick and I think when the conversation really went to the point of 'absolutely this is going to happen' you know... I always thought that there was an opportunity for me in TV... If they were interested I was certainly interested," says the legendary four-time champion.
Finally, the big announcement from NASCAR earlier in the day was the Xfinity and Truck series will now have a playoff elimination format similar to that of the Sprint Cup series.