Kyle Busch won stuck in fourth gear.
The NASCAR Cup Series took to the tricky triangle for a one-of-a-kind doubleheader. Kyle Larson came up half a lap short of the win on the first race. It was the other Kyle who put it together come Sunday. Despite all sorts of transmission problems, Kyle Busch got the win in the weekend’s second race.
The second race at Pocono doubleheader kicked off with a clean start. It was scheduled to run 350 miles but, Anthony Alfredo’s backup 38th car couldn’t survive the first one. His car hit the wall and his race was over as soon as it started.
Polesitter Chris Buescher got close to the wall and paid the price as he lost quite a few spots falling outside the top 10. Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell took the lead and was followed closely by Martin Truex Jr. Back in the middle of the top 10, Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez had a good fight for the lead but they both lost their spots to Kyle Busch.
McDowell hit the wall and only took him a handful of laps to get back into the top 10. By then, however, the stage was done. Truex held on to their lead and Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski sneaked into the top 3 thanks to some late pitstops.
Kyle Busch was Having Fun
Brad K took the lead for the start of stage 2. Kyle Busch was a couple of places behind, his car had looked solid all race long and he was having fun despite a few troubles with his shifter.
The number 18 took the lead halfway through the stage thanks to stops by Keselowski and his teammate Ryan Blaney. According to Busch himself, his car was “Good, good, good” on Saturday and on Sunday it was all “Rip and grip”. He was getting caught little by the rest of the pack and decided to hit the pitlane as soon as his fuel light came on.
At the end of the stage, William Byron managed to finish first. It was quite the feat as 20 laps aga he was inches away from being lapped by the M&Ms car. The final stage was up next.
50 to Go
The final stage was a tough one for some. Kyle Busch was definitely stuck at fourth gear and had to survive 50 more laps with revs higher than a kite in the summer sky. Others, such as Erik Jones kept their awful going. The driver of the 43 car piled up into the Cole Custer’s rear, causing a caution flag and sending both cars straight to the pits.
Bowman was on the lead halfway through the stage, He had to pit, however. As soon as he did, it was going to be a battle between Hamlin, himself, and Busch. Byron himself was saving fuel as well: “Max save, max save” said his crew chief. All they needed was enough gas to make it, behind them was none other than Kyle Busch.
Alex Bowman‘s race was done when he pitted a little late, late enough to never catch up. It was all up to Denny Hamlin and Busch. Number 11 only had a 4 seconds lead and it was decreasing with every turn of the wheels. Byron was ahead of them until he was told to pit with 3 to go.
Busch, who at this point had run almost had the race with a defective gearbox, took the lead as Hamlin’s Camry could take it no more and had to pit for a splash of fuel. The yellow, colorful, defective car, came in first.
What’s Next for NASCAR?
The greatest season ever continues to explore uncharted territories for the series. 4th of July Weekend will see the series stop at America’s Spa Francorchamps: Road America. The celebrations up East kick-off Friday with the Truck Series.
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