Kyle Busch, driving the #18 Skittles Toyota, takes the victory for the 22nd Annual Crown Royal presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch led 19 of the 164 laps, four laps over the scheduled distance giving himself and manufacturer Toyota their first win at Indy finishing 0.332 seconds ahead of second place finisher Joey Logano after a green-white-checker dash to the finish.
Ky. Busch has 33 career wins in 374 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including four victories in the 2015 season and his third win in a row. With four victories Busch is tie with Jimmie Johnson for the series lead in wins.
Ky. Busch is making a comeback after injuries sustained during the season-opening XFinity Series race at Daytona in February causing him to miss the first 11 races of the 2015 season. Busch received a waiver from NASCAR to remain eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup but Busch needed to be in the top-30 in the point’s standings. Busch is now in 32nd position up from 35th prior to the start of the race gaining 35 points, 23 points out with five races remaining in the regular season.
“I just can’t believe this run right now, I just can’t believe what’s going on,” said Busch in victory lane. “Everybody’s going to be tasting the rainbow tonight, that’s for sure. This Skittles Camry was awesome, I knew you just get us out front and we could drive away our car was really, really good today, Adam Stevens and these boys, they dialed her right in again today.”
“It’s really a treat to win here at Indy, and I appreciate all the fans I’ve got, all the fans that NASCAR has. And Toyota has now captured a win at every single active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race track.”
Ky. Busch took the lead for the final time racing Kevin Harvick for first on the restart, Busch cleared Harvick before exiting Turn 1; Busch moved around the track so Harvick couldn’t draft leaving Harvick to fall into the open clutches of Logano but the #22 couldn’t make the pass before the caution came out again.
With another restart looming before the drivers Busch chose the inside line with Logano behind him as Harvick would restart second with Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin to the rear on the outside. Harvick spun his tires on the restart giving Busch and Logano a clear path, Busch would clear Logano coming out of Turn 1 as Trevor Bayne wrecked behind the leaders.
With a G-W-C restart Busch chose the inside line again with Martin Truex Jr. pushing with Logano on the outside with Harvick pushing. Busch made the car stick and remained in the top position clearing Logano coming into Turn 1; Busch would drive to the weekend sweep with Logano close behind.
“I guess Kyle’s back,” said Logano after the race. “Second hurts… qualified second, finished second but there is no trophy for second.”
NASCAR used a track-specific rules package Sunday that was designed to improve the action on the track. Indy has proved difficult to pass with the heavier stock cars on the Brickyard. But the low-drag package didn’t appear to be an improvement. Drivers complained much of the weekend that the turbulence was too strong when their cars would close in on another car.
Something that was not considered was the increased temperatures inside the car due to the aerodynamic package trapped air inside the cockpit. It was clear that many drivers were physically drained at the end of Saturday race and equally apparent after Sunday’s race. Temperatures in the cockpit were in excess of over 140 degrees.
The next race will be the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway, the Tricky Triangle, qualifying for the race will begin at 4:45 p.m. ET with coverage on NBCSP beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET. Race coverage will be Sunday, Aug. 2, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.