Kyle Busch is looking to move on from his runner-up performance in New Hampshire as he seeks to defend his July Pocono win this Sunday.
If he wins at the 2.5-mile tri-oval, then he’ll become a second-time winner in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
Kyle Busch will so tie alongside Kevin Harvick with six wins of 2018.
Kyle Busch started off from 3rd where he struggled to turn with the steering as he ended 6th during the first segment.
He made up lost time from the first stage when he made his latest stop with four fresh tires & gained two spots.
Solid call by his Crew Chief Adam Stevens to wrap up that Ky. Busch’s stop as quickly as they can up to 4th behind Kurt Busch.
However, the No.18 car’s set-up still runs the same as it was during Stage 1 where he finished 6th towards the halfway point.
En route to the second stage break, the No.18 crew took the risk by making full adjustments with ample time before Kyle Busch restarted 11th.
He might’ve felt a little behind when it comes to picking up stage points.
But the race isn’t till over yet as the victory lane spot is still alive.
When the green flag waved at the start of Stage 3, Kyle Busch’s No.18 car began to work when he initially moved up to 6th then to 3rd after the conclusion of the green flag pit cycle.
After Clint Bowyer’s spin on Lap 246, Kyle Busch took advantage of the pits under caution when he jumped ahead of Kevin Harvick.
He tried to hold on his lead as much as he can until the checkered flag.
But unfortunately, Kevin Harvick tagged his left rear for the winning move with seven laps left that eventually cost him the win.
2018 Foxwoods Resort & Casino 301 Loop Data Statistics
- Start: 3rd
- Middle: 6th
- Finish: 2nd
- Highest Position: 1st
- Lowest Spot: 29th
- Average Run: 5th
- Pass Difference: 7
- Green Flag Passes: 43, Times Passed: 36
- Quality Passes: 40, 93%
- Fastest Lap: 28
- Top 15 Laps: 295, 98%
- Laps Led: 36, 12%
- Total Laps: 301
- Driver Rating: 118.4
Kyle Busch’s Pocono Raceway Recent Performances (July 2017-June 2018)
12 months ago, Kyle Busch clean swept the race from pole position to win at Pocono for the first time.
He happily ticked off Pocono as he’s only one place away from becoming the first driver to win at every NASCAR-sanctioned track he’s raced.
And that track he never won at is Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Luckily two months ago, Kyle Busch did win the Coca-Cola 600 over in Concord, NC for the first time which succeeded his fate.
A week after he won the Coca-Cola 600, Kyle Busch returned to Pocono as he started from 5th & came home two spots in 3rd.
- 27 Starts
- 4295 of 4710 Laps Completed, 91.2%
- 273 Laps Led
- One Win, 3.7%
- Six Top 5, 22.2%
- 12 Top 10, 44.4%
- Average Start: 11.4 & Finish: 17
- DNF: Five
- Average Driver Rating: 91.4
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 20 Starts
- 5468 of 5708 Laps Completed, 95.8%
- 984 Laps Led
- Five Wins, 25%
- 14 Top 5, 70%
- 16 Top 10, 80%
- Average Start: 8.1 & Finish: 7.8
- DNF: Two, Drivetrain (Dover) & Crash (Daytona 2).
- He currently leads the Drivers’ Standings with 844 Points.
- 25th, Daytona 500
- 7th, Atlanta
- 2nd, Las Vegas & Phoenix
- 3rd, Fontana
- 2nd, Martinsville
- 1st, Texas, Bristol & Richmond
- 13th, Talladega
- 35th, Dover
- 10th, Kansas
- 1st, Charlotte
- 3rd, Pocono
- 4th, Michigan
- 5th, Sonoma
- 1st, Chicagoland
- 33rd, Daytona 2
- 4th, Kentucky
- 2nd, New Hampshire
Kyle Busch fans feel very sorry for him when he lost the lead with only a few laps left.
His No.18 Toyota Camry performed very loose with not much turn through the first two stages.
Luckily his pit stop calls became one of the positives from Kyle Busch’s performance along with his speed during the final stage.
So great job to Crew Chief Adam Stevens and the No.18 crew members.
But Kyle Busch doesn’t like settling for the runner-up spot which hurts him a lot.
Anyways, jumping from New Hampshire to Pocono, Kyle Busch is the defending July Pocono race winner.
The pressure is always on when he came here 12 months ago who only settled runner-up or third place spots.
He clean swept from start to finish without any problems at all when winning his first Cup race at the tricky tri-oval.
Kyle Busch is hoping that the No.18 Toyota Camry is fast enough in a bid to defend & become a two-time Pocono Cup winner.
He’s dominant so far this season where he works hard on and off the race track.
Let’s see if Kyle Busch can keep Harvick down & cross the finish line ahead of his No.4 car this Sunday.
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