Last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch continued to prove he is on a mission and is taking no prisoners along the way. Busch was forced to pit prematurely for fear he had a tire going down. Although this was an unplanned stopped, it became a pit strategy crucial to positioning him to win. Shortly after that stop, Busch was able to regain a spot on the lead lap with a slingshot move to pass race leader, Kevin Harvick. This was truly a race winning move, as a caution was brought out shortly after putting Busch in the lead position while all of the other drivers pitted. Busch remained in front of the field for the remainder of the race, and eventually was credited with the win when the race ended under caution after he took the white flag. Busch’s Chase hopes keep improving each week, as he has won three out of the last four races.
Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five. Leaving New Hampshire, Kevin Harvicks remains in the points lead over Joey Logano.
A special race was held Wednesday this week at Eldora Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series. The Mud Summer Classic is unique in that it’s the only time NASCAR drivers compete on dirt. After 150 laps around the half mile track, Christopher Bell captured the checkered flag.
In other NASCAR news, Kevin Harvick received the most votes won an ESPY Award for best driver.
This week, NASCAR visits one of racing’s most prestigious tracks and facilities, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Home track to drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Ryan Newman, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile, quad-oval superspeedway with nine degrees of banking in the turns. The Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 race is an iconic race, signified by the victor kissing the bricks making up the start finish line. Over 160 laps, drivers will have to master the new high drag package NASCAR unveiled a few weeks ago.
This week, the Fast Five for Indianapolis includes: Jeff Gordon, who has the most wins at this track and is the defending race winner; Jimmie Johnson, who has four wins at this track and is consistently strong at this track; Kevin Harvick, who is a top-rated driver for this track, Matt Kenseth, who has had fast cars and has had several top ten finishes at this track; and Kyle Busch, who almost cannot be stopped and has several runner-up finishes at Indy. In addition to the Fast Five, keep an eye on Kyle Larson as the dark horse.
Tune into the race Sunday at 3:00 on NBCSN.