Kyle Busch Snaps 36-Race Winless Streak, Breaks Through at Pocono Raceway

Kyle Busch Snaps 36-Race Winless Streak, Breaks Through at Pocono Raceway

Jul 30, 2017

By Brant James | USA Today Sports

LONG POND, Pa. -- Kyle Busch snapped a 36-race winless streak and finally found victory lane in 2017. Busch tapped leader Kevin Harvick out of the way on Lap 145 of a scheduled 160 and passed him for the lead in the Overton's 400. On fresher tires, Busch was able to build a five-second lead on the field and hold on for the win.

Both drivers were looking for their first career win at Pocono. The pole-sitter now has won at every active NASCAR track except Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch's victory also gave car manufacturer Toyota its 100th Cup win.

It also gave Busch a slot in the 16-driver playoff. Five races and three slots remain before the regular-season cutoff.

"Never thought this day would happen," Busch said after performing a series of burnouts at the start/finish line. "We had such an awesome race car. We've been fighting all year but something always seemed to go wrong -- just wasn't sure why or what was next.

"Man, this car was so good. This is something that I've been waiting for a long, long time.

"This is (an) important win for me in another way. This is my first win in a points race since my grandmother passed away. So, this one's for her. She's looking down on us and smiling down on us today."

Harvick was second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

Harvick said from victory lane that Busch's car was the class of the field all weekend and he was having trouble getting his car to stick in the turn.

 

 

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