When Kyle Busch suffered a broken leg in an Xfinity Series crash earlier this year, he questioned for a brief period whether or not he’d ever race again. Not only is the younger Busch brother back racing, he’s now won four of the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races after driving to victory Sunday night at The Brickyard, much to the dismay of his competitors.
Busch was the fastest car on the track after a late-race restart which saw him battle briefly with Ford’s Joey Logano before powering ahead and taking the win. In third was Team Chevy’s Kevin Harvick, whose loss to Busch broke a string of 12 straight wins for the Bowtie brand at the track. The NASCAR field is glad to have Busch back, but as Logano said with a laugh post-race, he’s made their jobs a lot harder since his return.
“I’m glad he’s back and all but geez,” Logano said with a smile on his face. “He didn’t have to come back like that!”
“You come to Indy, and it’s all about the win,” Logano added. “You either win or finish last. It doesn’t really matter anywhere in-between. At least that’s the way I race when I come to a track like this. I feel like, at Daytona and Indy, it’s all about getting trophies and rings and making out with bricks.”
Apart from Busch’s win, the second biggest story to come out of Indy Sunday night was Jeff Gordon’s unfortunate result. The veteran was looking for his sixth ever victory on the 2.5-mile track, but his attempt was thwarted when he wrecked on Lap 50. Gordon swerved to avoid Clint Bowyer as his Toyota got loose, sending his No. 24 Chevrolet SS into wall at Turn 3.
“I was underneath Kasey Kahne and we were just racing for position,” Gordon said. “I saw Bowyer get sideways. I don’t know what caused it. Me and Kasey were trying to check up to avoid it. I don’t know if he got loose or we just both got loose together. Then I just lost control and got in the wall.”
The turn of events relegated Gordon’s car to the garage, putting him in 42nd as the checkered flag flew. Meanwhile Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson put Team Chevy in the top ten, finishing fourth, eighth and ninth, respectively.