Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kyle Busch Returns to Victory Lane in Pocono

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Kyle Busch won the Overton’s 400 from Pocono Raceway on Sunday for his first victory of 2017.

Busch dominated the first stage of the race, but he fell behind during the second and final stages.  After making his final pit stop, he was able to run down the leaders to get to victory lane.

Busch has run well this season, but had failed to reach victory lane before Sunday.  Busch said he was happy to finally return to victory lane after a 36-race winless streak.

“It’s pretty cool, finally being able to get the monkey off our back, get to Victory Lane this year,” Busch said.  “It feels really good to finally capitalize on finally having a fast car.”

Busch won for the first time at Pocono on Sunday, and the 39th time in his career.  Busch said he was happy to check another track off his list.

“We’ve been really close at a lot of these tracks to continually make history, but haven’t been able to do so this year,” Busch said.

“”Hopefully it just kind of snowballs from here and we’re able to continue with wins.”

Kevin Harvick finished second on Sunday after giving up the lead with 20 laps to go.  Harvick said his car wasn’t fast enough to hold off Busch on fresher tires.

“There was no battle, he was way faster than we were,” Harvick said.  “Got to us, got around us, gone.”

“He was in a league of his own there at the end.”

Unofficial results:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Brad Keselowski
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Daniel Suarez
8. Erik Jones
9. Matt Kenseth
10. Chase Elliott
11. Kasey Kahne
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
13. Kurt Busch
14. Ryan Newman
15. Danica Patrick
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17. Ty Dillon
18. Michael McDowell
19. Paul Menard
20. Trevor Bayne
21. Austin Dillon
22. David Ragan
23. AJ Allmendinger
24. Cole Whitt
25. Corey LaJoie
26. Jamie McMurray
27. Joey Logano
28. Chris Buescher
29. Landon Cassill
30. Ryan Blaney
31. Gray Gaulding
32. Stephen Leicht
33. Kyle Larson
34. Derrike Cope
35. Jimmie Johnson
36. Jeffrey Earnhardt
37. Matt DiBenedetto
38. Aric Almirola

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