Kyle Busch Wins Brickyard 400
You couldn’t have come up with a better weekend for Kyle Busch. A year after winning both Indy races, he came back to join Jimmie Johnson as the only back-to-back winner of the Brickyard, all the while leading a record 149 of 170 laps. Now that’s dominance.
Busch was quick to give credit to the car. “I’ve never had a dominant car like this,” he said. “This is obviously a special day and a special car.”
He’s probably right about that, as just two seconds after Busch crossed the finish line in his No. 18 Toyota Camry, Matt Kenseth—who won in New Hampshire just last week—was right on his heels in the other No. 20 Toyota Camry. Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota enjoyed three car finishes in the top five and Toyota itself celebrated three top four finishes.
Still, one shouldn’t put it all on the car. Busch not only won the Brickyard 400 for the Sprint Cup Series but also the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the Xfinity Series on Saturday, marking his second double-win at Indianapolis. Thanks to his good results, Toyota is now leading both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series manufacturers’ championships with as many wins as Ford and Chevrolet combined in the former and twice their wins in the latter.
It’ll be tough to stop Toyota’s momentum now—Chevy and Ford don’t seem to have the speed to keep up, and Penske’s strategy to try to stretch runs and make one fewer pit stop hasn’t worked so far. Nonetheless, anything can happen in racing.
The next race will take place at Pocono Raceway on July 31, where Kenseth is the defending race winner.
Tim Shults likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.