Kyle Busch’s winning streak continues, the most impressive accomplishment in the recent NASCAR history.
On Sunday’s Brickyard 400, the driver of No 18 notched up his 4th victory in 5 races. Busch held Joey Logano on a green-white checker restart.
Busch now falls in the same brackets with Jimmie Johnson for the series lead in wins after clinching the 4th title. Busch has taken part in 11 races less than Johnson due to a leg fracture he sustained at the season-opening of the Xfinity Series race at Daytona.
The injury is the reason Busch has not sealed a spot in the chase, though he’s a contender for making it to NASCAR’s post-season. Drivers must be in the top 30 to make the chase, and Busch is now at 23 points. He picked up 35 on the 30th place at Brickyard 400. With five more races to go before the chase, it is quite expected that Busch will fulfill the criteria.
“Oh my gosh. I just can’t believe this run right now,” Busch said. “I can’t believe what’s going on … It’s really a treat to win at Indy.”
On Lap 50 of Sunday’s 160-lap race, Jeff Gordon’s hopes of a fairytale win in Brickyard 400 for a record sixth time quickly disappeared as his No 24 Chevrolet in an evasive action bounced off teammate Kasey Kahne and suffered a massive damage after hitting the outside wall. Gordon and Formula One legend Michael Schumacher were tied for most victories at Brickyard 400.
Busch was second to race leader Kevin Harvick on a restart and capitalized by sticking to Harvick in turn one, then overtaking him in turn two. Logano then passed Harvick to become the winner’s final challenger. Busch finally took the lead with eight laps to the finishing line.
Since Bill Elliott won in a Dodge in 2002, this is the first time a non-Chevrolet driver won the race. Busch’s win is also Toyota’s first at Indianapolis.