Kyle Busch Sweeps Indianapolis
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on July 24, 2016 | 6:48 P.M. EST
Busch became the first driver to sweep both races from the pole in one weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kyle Busch completed the weekend sweep at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with another dominating performance in Sunday's Sprint Cup race.
Busch followed his dominating win in Saturday’s XFINITY Series race with a second straight victory in the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 on Sunday. He won both poles over the weekend and after his weekend sweep last year, Busch has taken the last four NASCAR races at the historic Brickyard.
“This Toyota was awesome today,” said Busch, who led a race record 149 laps on Sunday. “Man, it was just so fast and being able to get out front and stay out front, and not even some of my teammates could challenge us. We just had it hooked up, man. This thing was on rails.”
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had to survive the first double overtime since NASCAR’s new rules went into effect this year to take his fourth checkered flag of the 2016 season.
“It’s so cool because it hasn’t been done before," Busch said of the Indy streak. "I’ve tried and been successful at being able to do a lot of things that others haven’t been able to do before. I guess I give myself more chances than others because I run more of those races. It helps you and when it helps you win on Sunday, that’s what makes everything so worthwhile on those Saturday races."
Matt Kenseth finished second to give JGR a 1-2 finish.
“With him doing it outside, he did a spectacular job of still being beside Kyle when we got to Turn 1 and I wasn't up there as close as I was hoping to get, and he cleared him, I barely got under Joey (Logano), and I was really tight so I actually barely got by him and just barely held off the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and 11 (Denny Hamlin), Kenseth said about the final restart. “But got through the gears fine and got in position, just couldn't do anything when I got there.”
Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin both came back from pit road speeding penalties to finish third and fourth, respectively, with Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.
Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon and Paul Menard completed the first 10 finishers.
Tony Stewart finished 11th in his final Brickyard 400 while Jeff Gordon, filling in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., came home 13th.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Pocono Raceway next Sunday afternoon for the Pennsylvania 400.
How Busch Won: He was dominant for sure, but late race restarts were the key to Busch winning the race. Busch needed to outrun his competitors twice in the late going after two late race accidents triggered a double overtime but was able to pull away on the final start to a comfortable margin and raced to the finish line well ahead of JGR teammate Kenseth.
Who Else Had a Good Day: Kenseth tied his best Indianapolis finish and has come home second three times in his career…Johnson’s comeback broke a streak of six straight races not finishing in the top 10…Larson had his best Indy finish in career start number three.
Who Had a Bad Day: With only seven laps to go a number of drivers saw their day go really bad including Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., all caught in a huge crash after a restart….The wrecking wasn’t over as Trevor Bayne and Clint Bowyer got together to cause a caution to extend the race….Greg Biffle struggled all day and exited the race with a tire issue that sent him into the wall and out of the race…AJ Allmendinger’s frustrating season continued when he left the race with a blown engine….David Ragan had a tire go down and made hard contact with the wall to knock him out of the race
What Else Happened: The race was relatively uneventful for a good majority of the 400 miles, run on a sweltering hot afternoon. Things got jumbled up in the late going thanks to the lap 153 multi-car accident that brought out a red flag. Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman were involved in the incident on lap 164 and then thanks to the Bowyer-Bayne tangle, the race went 10 laps over its originally scheduled distance to lap 170.
Quote of the Day: “This was the most relaxing Brickyard weekend I’ve ever had,” Tony Stewart after his final Brickyard 400.
Notables: Busch led 91 percent of the laps run at Indianapolis over the weekend….Dillon scored his ninth top 10 of the season, which is as many as he had last year….Chris Buescher had his career-best Sprint Cup finish of 14th in his first Indianapolis start.
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