SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Kyle Busch simply crushed the field on Sunday en route to his second-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, writing several new pages of history during the course of the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.
The defending Sprint Cup champion lead a track-record 149 of 170 laps, in a race that took two NASCAR Overtime attempts to complete, before claiming his second Brickyard 400 crown — the first driver to win the race in consecutive years since four-time Brickyard winner Jimmie Johnson did so in 2008 and 2009.
While the stories of the day were the return of Jeff Gordon and the farewell for Tony Stewart, Busch ultimately led from lap 62 all the way to the end of the event, surviving everything from green-flag pit stops to seven cautions in the final 40 laps before hoisting the famed “Silver Brick” trophy at the end of the journey.
After sweeping the poles for both Saturday’s XFINITY race as well as the Cup race, along with winning Saturday’s XFINITY race, the victory on Sunday makes Busch the first driver in NASCAR history to win both the XFINITY and Cup races from the pole in the same weekend.
“It’s so cool, because it hasn’t been done before,” Busch said of setting the record. “I’ve tried … and been successful at being able to do … a lot of different things that other people haven’t done before. I guess I give myself more chances than anyone because I run the most XFINITY races (of anyone in the field), but when it helps you win on Sundays then it makes all the time spent so worthwhile.”
Busch led by as many as five seconds at times, taking turns leading teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth — as well as Toyota stablemate Martin Truex Jr. — along the path to his 38th career Sprint Cup win and fourth of the season.
“I guess I didn’t expect it (to be that dominant), but as a driver you always hope for a car as good as the one we had today,” Busch said. “This Skittles Camry was awesome today, man. It was just so fast. We were able to get out front and stay out front, and not even some of my teammates could challenge us. We just had it hooked up. She was on rails all day long.”
“Adam Stevens and these guys at JGR are a phenomenal group, and I’m proud to be winning with them. It’s just fun to come out and have such a dominant car like we did today. They don’t come along like that very often, so I was just hoping I wouldn’t screw it up and thankfully, I made it all the way here (to victory lane).”