Toyota drive Kyle Busch ended his winless streak in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with a stunning drive to first place at Pocono. A combination of a pole start and a slightly non-conventional strategy put Busch in the position to capitalize and take the win.
“We didn’t really outsmart anyone today. We just kind of played our race and our own strategy and thought about it a little differently than others, and it worked out for us,” stated Busch. Sure enough after pitting on lap 135, Busch’s fresh tires gave him the grip he needed to work his way back up to the front. His closest rival, Kevin Harvick, showed the potential to take the win, but after a light tap on the rear, Busch found his way through on lap 144.
“I got in there and was loose all the way through the corner on entry and just kept holding the brake down, holding the brake down, holding the brake down and finally, I’m sure he thought I was going to go and I didn’t accelerate.” said Harvick who finished second. Current championship leader Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the podium falling back one position from where he started.
The number 24 car of Chase Elliott took the final top ten spot making him the best finisher with Chevrolet power. Elliott put in a decent drive improving on his start position by three places. Chevy powered drivers just outside the top ten included Kasey Kahne in eleventh and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in twelfth, of which the latter managed to secure his position from twenty-third on the grid at the start.