Victory laps are always the best kind.
And it’s even better when a full camera crew is there to document it.
So earlier this month, when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch — the master of the Camry — and Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky with the 2015 Sprint Cup trophy, it served as both an exclamation point to a historic 2015 season and a prelude to a hopeful 2016.
Meanwhile, the pair brought an NBC camera crew to film an hour-long special that will air Saturday at 2 p.m., Eastern.
“The championship night was certainly the biggest moment of my career,” Busch said. “It’s something I dreamt of being able to accomplish since I was a little kid. It was my first championship, Toyota’s first championship, M&M’s first championship and the first championship for Joe Gibbs Racing in 10 years.”
During their visit, Busch and Gibbs toured TMMK while his No. 18 Camry sat on display in the plant, where about 600 team members gathered to hear Busch and Gibbs talk about a roller coaster 2015 season, in which the driver missed 11 races with an injury, but rallied to capture the title. The pair also met personally with 10 team members who won a drawing.
NBC also interviewed TMMK President Wil James for the special.
Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates will kick off the season on Sunday at the Daytona 500.
By Dan Nied