Kyle Busch drove away from Joey Logano on Sunday’s final restart and was not seriously challenged over the final two laps, extending his winning streak to three races and snapping Chevrolet’s twelve-year string of victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch started ninth and led three times for nineteen laps in the Number-18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. His margin of victory over Logano was three-tenths of a second with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Junior and Denny Hamlin, one of Busch’s J-G-R teammates, completing the top five. Sunday’s win helped Busch sustain his rapid mid-season march toward a post-season berth.
After missing eleven races while recovering from injuries suffered during Speedweeks in February and then struggling with inconsistency in the first month back, Busch has now won four of his last five starts but still needs to reach the top thirty in the standings to be eligible for a post-season Chase berth. He’s climbed to thirty-second place and is just twenty-three points below the cutoff with six races left in the regular season. The last driver to win three straight Sprint Cup races is Jimmie Johnson, who actually put four wins in a row together during the 2007 Chase.
Pole sitter Carl Edwards, another one of Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, led only twenty laps of Sunday’s race and finished thirteenth … Busch’s victory was Toyota’s first Cup Series win at Indianapolis and gave the driver a weekend sweep at “The Brickyard.” He also won Saturday’s X-FINITY Series race … Matt DiBenedetto of B-K Racing was the highest-finishing rookie on Sunday. He placed thirty-second one day before celebrating his 24th birthday.