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Tricky Triangle Tamed After Kyle Busch Wins – Finally

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Kyle Busch won today’s Overton’s 40o at The Tricky Triangle, snapping a winless streak that dates back to last year’s Brickyard 400. And it couldn’t have come at a better time for Busch, needing to secure a spot in this year’s playoffs.

Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens had the combination of the right calls and the right timing today at Pocono.

Busch started the race right next to Martin Truex Jr, the same position he was when the two drivers tangled last week at Indianapolis. Truex spoke highly of the whole 18 team saying that he was glad that “he finally got one.”


On the first lap of the race, the 20 car of Matt Kenseth got sideways going into turn 3 on the inside of the 48 of Jimmie Johnson. They collected a handful of cars, including Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, and Chris Buescher. Ricky Stenhouse Jr just narrowly avoided the chaos and escaped unscathed.

During the green flag pit stops, both Chase Elliott and Erik Jones stalled coming out of their boxes, and the 11 of Denny Hamlin had a long pit stop with an issue on the right rear tire. Dale Earnhardt Jr was nabbed with a speeding penalty for entering the pits too fast.

On Lap 36, Daniel Suarez pits with a possible front tire issue, after he radioed in “we’ve gotta pit”. It was showing excessive wear – a good call by the 19 team to come in when he did.

Matt Kenseth stayed out during the stage 1 pit stops, and Busch beat Kevin Harvick off pit road.


Jimmie Johnson wrecked on lap 58 coming out of turn 3 after slight contact with his teammate Kasey Kahne.

Ryan Blaney was called into his pit box on lap 63 with a tire rub and goes a lap down after contact with Jones.

Jamie McMurray radioed in near lap 66 that he was smelling “oil” and seeing smoke in the cockpit. It was checked out on a later pit stop but all lines were found to be in good condition.

Clint Bowyer picked up the stage 2 win and earned 10 points towards his deficit in the standings,

He now sits just 17 points below the cut line, with Matt Kenseth just 17 points above.


Chase Elliott starts out the final stage with a tire going down and thought he had to pit. Turns out he was wrong.

Joey Logano saw his day go from bad to worse. After being nabbed for speeding, he served his pass-through penalty while stopping for fuel. That’s a double whammy on the 22 team.

Logano’s playoff hopes are slowly dwindling away, and with just 5 races to go until Chicagoland, he needs a miracle to pull off a berth.


The top 10 in Today’s Overton’s 400 at Pocono were as follows:

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski were your top 5.

Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Eric Jones, Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott round out the top 10.

Chase Elliott sits at 39 points above the cut line, with Jamie McMurray right above him at +38 points.

With the stage win today at The Tricky Triangle, Clint Bowyer is just 17 points below the cut line with a good chance to make the playoffs. He needs a good showing at Watkins Glen next week.

Joey Logano is 69 points below the drop off and has, and at this point, almost no chance of recovering himself without a guaranteed win in the next 5 races.

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