NASCAR Brickyard 400 saw Kyle Busch cruising to victory in the Sprint Cup Series race from pole position following his Xfinity Series win from pole
Kyle Busch marched to back-to-back victories for the second year running at the Brickyard 400 as he swept the race weekend. It was an incident filled event as the race was red flagged following a six car pileup on lap 155 at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On his way to 38th career win, the American driver created history by becoming the first to win Xfinity Series race and Sprint Cup race from pole position on the same weekend.
He also set a Brickyard record for most laps led as he dominated like no other. Matt Kenseth finished second ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five. Busch had a spin in the #18 Toyota as his customary celebration while Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon drove abreast slowly acknowledging fans to mark their final appearances at the Brickyard. The heat on the asphalt touched 130 degrees as Stewart recovered from a speeding penalty to end up eleventh while Gordon finished two places down as he subbed for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Prior to his win at the Brickyard in 2015, Kyle Busch was known as a highly-talented driver who could pile up wins but couldn’t get to Victory Lane in major events. That changed as he followed up his Indy victory by navigating his way through the Chase and taking home the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with a victory in Miami.
In eleven career starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch secured victory once with four top fives, nine top tens and an average finish of 9.7. He also claimed the third-best driver rating (101.5) and fourth-best average running position (11.7) there before triumphing this Sunday with menacing pace. He led the first 26 laps before Brad Keselowski took over and held on for the next 14 laps.
Greg Biffle triggered the second caution flag on Lap 53 when he made contact with the wall. Logano being the only driver not to have pitted in the lead group inherited the lead on Lap 56. At green flag three laps later, Busch passed Logano and took the charge. He led 149 laps which is a record in itself. The race had seven different cautions which include the multiple car wreck that temporarily halted the race.
Busch made a brilliant restart following the seven minutes of red flag and at overtime took home the victory by finished 2.126 seconds clear of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. Kevin Harvick currently leads the championship by 24 points over Keselowski and the pumped up Kurt Busch.