Kyle Busch continued his remarkable string of success Sunday, winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a green-white-checker finish.
It was Busch’s fourth victory in five NASCAR Sprint Cup races since he came back from a broken leg and foot sustained at Daytona Beach, Fla., in February. Busch also swept the weekend at Indianapolis after winning Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.
The victory moved Busch to within 23 points of the 30th spot in the Sprint Cup standings. He needs to finish in the top 30 to qualify for the Chase.
Joey Logano came close to giving team owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR victory at Indianapolis, but finished second. Kevin Harvick was third and Martin Truex finished fourth.
The race came down to a final restart on the 163rd lap. Logano briefly nosed ahead of Busch but couldn’t hold the lead. Busch jumped ahead and stayed ahead throughout the final two overtime laps.
Three who mattered
Kyle Busch: He wins at Indianapolis for a first time, keeps his hot streak going and draws ever closer to a spot in the Chase.
Joey Logano: Runner-up finish is his fourth top-10 at Indy, but a Penske driver has still never won a NASCAR race at Indianapolis.
Jeff Gordon: Wrecks and finishes 42nd in the final race of his career at track near Pittsboro, Ind., the town he lived in as a teenager.
▪ The aerodynamic package used in the race apparently didn’t accomplish much more than keeping the interior of the cars extremely hot. Drafting wasn’t much different than in previous Brickyard races, drivers said.
▪ Harvick also wasn’t happy with how the package worked, sarcastically saying after the race that “our goal is more drafting and more pack racing, so we’ll see if we can get to that.”
▪ Logano wasn’t happy with finishing second. He said if you don’t win at Indianapolis, whether you finish second, last or anywhere between doesn’t matter.
They said it
“We’re a championship-contending team. Now we’ve got to be championship eligible.” – Busch.
Where: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network.
Radio: Motor Racing Network.