“Kyle and I, we look at race cars and racing the same way”, Stevens said. “But, you know, we definitely would like to get to Victory Lane there for sure”. That matched the modern-era (post-1971) record of four straight victories now shared by eight drivers, most recently Jimmie Johnson in 2007. Just like his disrespect of the guitar trophy at Nashville years ago, just like his disrespect of Dale Jr.at Richmond in 2008, just like every other instance in his life, Busch has shown that he has no respect for the sport he races in. Really, the rest of the JGR brigade starting only 7th, 8th and 11th is a bigger surprise than if they were all in the top five. With 92 career Sprint Cup Series victories (third all-time), Gordon fervently wants to be part of this year’s Chase in his final racing season.
“Having Brexton, obviously he’s a great inspiration to me and my wife”, Busch said. “Especially at a place I have yet to win at, so I would love to cross that one off the list”.
At one time Denny Hamlin was simply unbeatable at Pocono and while he enters this weekend at generous 12-1 odds, he still should be one of the drivers to beat on Sunday. Like I said, I knew we had some speed. The auto seems to be settling in, maybe I’m getting used to it. In six races since the win, Truex has had two top five runs and finishes of 2th, 17th, 38th and 42nd. Harvick doesn’t own a win at Pocono but does own seven top 5 finishes in 29 career starts.
Daytona 500 victor Joey Logano finished second in a Ford.
Soon-to-retire Jeff Gordon was asked if he’d consider driving the occasional one-off Sprint Cup race beyond this season.
“Hopefully (today), we’ll work on it a little more, get it fine-tuned and ready for Sunday”. Busch has four wins on the year, and has won the last three races.
Juan Pablo Montoya leads by 42 points over Graham Rahal, with Dixon an additional six points back in third place.
Busch made a triumphant return to the truck series, pulling away on the final laps Saturday to win the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway. “It’s a different kind of racetrack”, Kyle Petty said about Pocono.
“When I put a fan club together, our largest number of members were from Pennsylvania by state”. Physically. And see him bounce back and do what he’s done. Jones posted a time of 54.151s (166.202mph) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval to pip Busch by three hundredths of a second and pick up his sixth pole in 29 Truck Series starts – his first-ever at Pocono – and his fourth pole of the 2015 season. But he got back on track last week at Indianapolis, finishing fourth in the Brickyard 400. He maintains he’ll race Busch hard even though he’s his boss. Saying, ‘Man, you’ve got to start doing this, you’ve got to do that.
“I have no interest in coming to the Truck Series and wrecking someone on objective”, he insisted. “You need to bear with us”.
For the streak to continue, Busch will have to do it at a track that has been feast or starvation for him. While his crew was working on the Tundra, Crafton fumed, blaming Keselowski for the wreck to the point of accusing the 2012 Sprint Cup champion of deliberately trying to help Reddick win the Truck Series title.
“This has been an outstanding return”, stated Busch, who gained the second-tier Xfinity Series race Saturday.