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Monday, 31 July 2017 00:57

Kyle Busch Returns to Victory Lane in Pocono

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Kyle Busch Returns to Victory Lane in Pocono Bryan Nicodemus/CLNS Media

Busch snaps a 36-race winless streak with his first career victory at Pocono.

Kyle Busch won the Overton’s 400 from Pocono Raceway on Sunday for his first victory of 2017.

Busch dominated the first stage of the race, but he fell behind during the second and final stages.  After making his final pit stop, he was able to run down the leaders to get to victory lane.

Busch has run well this season, but had failed to reach victory lane before Sunday.  Busch said he was happy to finally return to victory lane after a 36-race winless streak.

“It’s pretty cool, finally being able to get the monkey off our back, get to Victory Lane this year,” Busch said.  “It feels really good to finally capitalize on finally having a fast car.”

Busch won for the first time at Pocono on Sunday, and the 39th time in his career.  Busch said he was happy to check another track off his list.

“We’ve been really close at a lot of these tracks to continually make history, but haven’t been able to do so this year,” Busch said.

“”Hopefully it just kind of snowballs from here and we’re able to continue with wins.”

Kevin Harvick finished second on Sunday after giving up the lead with 20 laps to go.  Harvick said his car wasn’t fast enough to hold off Busch on fresher tires.

“There was no battle, he was way faster than we were,” Harvick said.  “Got to us, got around us, gone.”

“He was in a league of his own there at the end.”

Unofficial results:

1. Kyle Busch

2. Kevin Harvick

3. Martin Truex Jr.

4. Denny Hamlin

5. Brad Keselowski

6. Clint Bowyer

7. Daniel Suarez

8. Erik Jones

9. Matt Kenseth

10. Chase Elliott

11. Kasey Kahne

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

13. Kurt Busch

14. Ryan Newman

15. Danica Patrick

16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

17. Ty Dillon

18. Michael McDowell

19. Paul Menard

20. Trevor Bayne

21. Austin Dillon

22. David Ragan

23. AJ Allmendinger

24. Cole Whitt

25. Corey LaJoie

26. Jamie McMurray

27. Joey Logano

28. Chris Buescher

29. Landon Cassill

30. Ryan Blaney

31. Gray Gaulding

32. Stephen Leicht

33. Kyle Larson

34. Derrike Cope

35. Jimmie Johnson

36. Jeffrey Earnhardt

37. Matt DiBenedetto

38. Aric Almirola

Bryan Nicodemus

My name is Bryan Nicodemus.  I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and I am currently a sophomore at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  I am majoring in Public Relations, and I hope to work in NASCAR someday.  Follow me on Twitter: @mmarkaholic55

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