Record-Setting Weekend for Kyle Busch at Indy
Over the past few years we've seen Kyle Busch become one of NASCAR's great all-time racers and by the time he calls it quits he may be up in the class of Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
Over the weekend he became the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep both the pole and the race in Xfinity and Sprint Cup races on the same weekend. And Sunday's win at the Brickyard was a statement victory.
Busch dominated the field by leading an Indy record 149 of 170 laps in a race that went 10 laps past beyond its scheduled distance because of a series of crashes at the end of the race. And on each restart Busch left the rest of the field in his dust. He finished more than two seconds ahead of second place Matt Kenseth.
It's Busch's second straight Sprint Cup victory at Indy, his fourth of the season and 38th of his Sprint Cup career.
Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson completed the Top 5.
Almost as big a story as Busch's incredible weekend was the side by side final lap around the Brickyard by Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon in likely their final race at the famous track. Thru their spotters, Stewart asked Gordon to join him in a salute to the fans in one of the true memorable moments in NASCAR history.
Stewart finished 11th while Gordon came in 13th while filling in for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the number 88 Chevy. Gordon is expected to drive the number 88 again next week at Pocono as Earnhardt continues to recover from a concussion.