NASCAR in Brief: Kyle Busch matches Hornaday for career Truck Series wins
Kyle Busch matches Hornaday for career Truck Series wins
LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Busch stood on the window ledge of his truck, raised his arms in triumph and then slapped an appropriate number on the roof for a record-tying celebration.
Driving the No. 51 Toyota, Busch won his 51st career race in Trucks — matching the series record.
Busch held off Erik Jones down the stretch to win the NASCAR Trucks race Saturday at Pocono Raceway and tie the record for most career wins in the series.
“It’s kind of funny the way the numbers work out, isn’t it?” Busch said.
Busch matched NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Ron Hornaday Jr. on the list with 51 wins. Hornaday needed 296 starts to reach his 51st win; Busch won his in just his 145th career start. Hornaday made 360 career starts and failed to win a race in his last three seasons.
Busch also won for the 191st time over the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series.
“It’s been a true testament just to the people I’ve worked with and the race teams I’ve been able to score wins with over the course of my career,” Busch said. “It certainly comes from a lot of great people and getting the job done.”
Double DQ: Harvick, Busch flunk Pocono Raceway inspection
LONG POND, Pa. — Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch shared laughs side-by-side on a podium only days after they tangled on a bump-and-run on the track.
The front row starters were connected again when their cars failed post-qualifying inspection and the times were disallowed.
Harvick had turned a lap of 177.750 mph on Saturday to briefly win the pole and Busch was a few ticks behind him at Pocono but they’ll start at the rear of the field.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suarez is the pole winner at Pocono. He’s the first Mexican to win a pole in the Cup series.
But over 400 miles on a 2 1/2-mile triangle track, there’s ample time for Harvick and Busch to race their way to the front.
“I’ve screwed it up here a lot,” said Harvick, who could pin this screw up on his team.
Harvick, the 2014 Cup champion, has 43 career wins but has yet to win a Cup race at Pocono or Kentucky Speedway. Harvick is 0 for 8 at Kentucky and 0 for 35 at Pocono. He’s getting close on the 2 1/2-mile triangle track — Harvick has two runner-up finishes and two fourths in his last four races.
Busch then leaned over and needled Harvick that he’d have to win at Charlotte on the new road course to complete the series sweep. Busch has won at every active Cup track on the schedule but some critics believe the milestone won’t count until he wins on the new layout.
“That’s fair,” Harvick said.
Harvick had been a favorite to get that coveted checkered flag in the No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. He leads the series with six wins and is coming off a win last week at New Hampshire.
Christopher Bell races 3rd straight NASCAR Xfinity victory
AMES, Iowa — Christopher Bell made history Saturday at Iowa Speedway — even though nearly everything that could go against him did down the stretch.
Bell moved back out front in overtime to win a wild NASCAR Xfinity series race on Newton’s bull ring, becoming the first series regular with three straight victories since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1999.
Coming off victories in Kentucky and New Hampshire, Bell led 94 of 257 laps. He broke a tie with Cup driver Kyle Larson for the series season victory lead with four.
“When it’s your day, it’s your day,” Bell said. “I’ll take them any way I can get them, man.”
Bell fell back to fourth in the first attempt at overtime before a red flag halted the race. He retook control in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 car, going low to beat Justin Allgaier —the winner of the June race at Iowa.
Allgaier was second, followed by Kyle Benjamin and Ross Chastain.