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Kyle Busch ends Hendrick win streak at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Busch got here by means of within the clutch. Even when he raced with out one.

Busch busted Hendrick Motorsports’ profitable streak and denied the group a shot at NASCAR historical past when he raced to his second victory of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Busch took a damaged Toyota to victory lane.

Busch, runner-up in Saturday’s opening Pocono race, bumped into bother early when a leak within the transmission left the automobile caught in fourth gear. He wanted an help from a Joe Gibbs Racing crew member who slid within the passenger’s aspect window on one pit cease and tried to pry the stick again into gear.

“I’m going to need a push truck to get to Victory Lane because I have no clutch,” Busch stated on the radio.

Busch was unfastened early and sang a couple of bars of “Fly Like An Eagle” over the radio. His 59th profession Cup victory will go down as one among Busch’s biggest hits. NASCAR’s profession wins chief in all sequence has 100 in Xfinity and 61 in Trucks.

The 2 1/2-mile tri-oval wreaked havoc on gas and William Byron and Denny Hamlin all noticed their shot at the checkered flag disappear over the ultimate 5 laps after they ran out of gasoline.

“Sometimes these races aren’t always won by the fastest car,” Busch stated.

Hamlin pale to 14th.

“Fuel mileage got us the last two weeks,” Hamlin stated. “We can’t see the checkered right now.”

Kyle Larson, whose blown tire on the final lap value him a win Saturday, was second for Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick had gained six straight Cup races, together with Alex Bowman’s victory Saturday within the first race of Pocono’s doubleheader.

Hendrick was attempting to change into the primary staff since NASCAR’s fashionable period started in 1972 to win seven straight races.

“Seemed like every point of the race, everything that happened in the race, nothing went my way,” Larson stated. “Restarts, just guys messing up in front of me, me getting shuffled out of the groove, bad lane choices on my part, everything didn’t go my way.”

Bowman began the streak in May at Dover and Chase Elliott adopted the subsequent week at Texas. Larson then ripped off three straight factors victories at Charlotte, Sonoma and final week at Nashville — and squeezed within the $1 million All-Star race for 4 wins, complete — all whereas Hendrick Motorsports turned the winningest group in NASCAR historical past.

Brad Keselowski was third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Bubba Wallace was fifth in his greatest end of the season for Michael Jordan’s 23IX staff.


Larson met with 40 college students at the Urban Youth Racing School and he introduced plans to race within the college’s go-kart race in August in Philadelphia.

The Philly-based program that creates alternatives in racing for minorities developed a deeper relationship with Larson after he was suspended final season for utilizing a slur throughout an iRacing occasion. Larson usually calls or Zooms with the scholars and acquired the college racing simulators.

“Just having that relationship where they can pick up the phone and call me if they have questions about iRacing or something is pretty neat,” Larson stated. “It’s a closer friendship, relationship with them. I think all of them look up to me and I think that’s great to be there for them whenever they need me.”

NASCAR made a $70,000 donation on Sunday to the college.

UYRS founder Anthony Martin stated Larson and different NASCAR drivers will compete Aug. 7 in a go-kart grand prix close to the college’s location in Philly.

“A lot of our students have never been to a race before, so to actually come see it up close, be a part of it, smell the gas, hear the sounds are very important,” Martin stated. “Actually being here is a lot different than seeing it on television.”


NASCAR heads to Road America in rural Wisconsin, one of many new street course occasions on the 2021 schedule.

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