NASCAR | OVERTON’S 400
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LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Busch used a bump-and-run on Kevin Harvick to take the lead in the Overton’s 400 and then held on to snap a 36-race slide by winning at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
Busch won for the first time this season in the No. 18 Toyota and won for the first time ever at Pocono. Busch had led more than 1,000 laps this season entering the race.
He was racing for the lead last weekend in the Brickyard 400 when he wrecked with Martin Truex Jr., which led to a pit road altercation between members of both teams.
Busch won from the pole and gave Toyota its 100th Cup win since its 2007 debut.
Busch, the 2015 Cup champion, had never gone a full season without winning a race. Charlotte Motor Speedway is now the only track where he’s failed to win.
He also won his 176th career NASCAR race over the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck series.
‘‘We've all been fighting all year long and just wasn’t sure why,’’ Busch said. ‘‘This is something I've been waiting for for a long, long time. It’s been a frustrating year but an awesome day today.’’
Harvick finished second, followed by Truex, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski. Harvick, who hasn’t won in 34 career races at Pocono, said he had nothing for Busch down the stretch.
‘‘There was no battle. He was way faster than we were,’’ Harvick said.
An eight-car wreck on the first lap knocked Aric Almirola and Matt DiBenedetto out of the race. Matt Kenseth got loose and spun to trigger the accident.
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Joe Gibbs said he never considered disciplining Kyle Busch’s crew chief for his role in a confrontation with another team’s crew.
Gibbs was in a unique position this week when he suspended two crew members for Furniture Row Racing. The FRR members of Truex’s team were each suspended for three races because of the verbal altercation with crew chief Adam Stevens. JGR provides the pit crew for FRR as part of a technical alliance, giving them the authority to suspend members of a competing driver’s team.
FRR had front tire changer Chris Taylor and rear tire changer Lee Cunningham suspended.
Busch and Truex crashed while racing for the lead last week at Indianapolis, which led to the altercation.
Cunningham egged on Stevens on pit road after the accident, saying, ‘‘Tell Kyle way to go.’’
Taylor used profanity when he screamed at Stevens to get out of his team’s box.
Gibbs defended the decision to only discipline FRR’s crew.
‘‘Because of their actions and what they did,’’ Gibbs said Sunday at Pocono Raceway. ‘‘The video didn’t capture everything that happened there.’’
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