Kyle Busch completed a monumental task with a monumental effort.
Busch swept every stage to win Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 and claim at least one Cup points victory at each of the 23 tracks on the circuit. He is the only full-time driver in Cup history to win on every track he has competed.
Busch led 377 of the 400 laps. His only issue all night was interference with his radio within the last 100 laps. Even that could not slow him on a night where he scored his fourth win of the season and 47th of his career.
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“This one’s very special,” Busch said to Fox in Victory Lane. “I don’t think there’s anything that can top Homestead, just with the meaning of what the championship is, but the Coca-Cola 600 – I’ve dreamt of this race since I was a kid and being able to win this race.”
Said Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin: “Their car looked exceptional from my standpoint. They were about a half a tenth faster. That’s too much to overcome in the long run, and we didn’t have a good enough long run to really run him back down anyway.”
Martin Truex Jr. finished after two pit road penalties. Hamlin placed third to make it a 1-2-3 finish for Toyota. Brad Keselowski placed fourth. Jimmie Johnson finished fifth.
Stage 1 winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 2 winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 3 winner: Kyle Busch
How Kyle Busch won: Let’s be honest, no one had a chance with how good Kyle Busch’s car was.
Who had a good race: Denny Hamlin’s third-place finish marked his fourth consecutive top-10 result in the Coke 600. … Jimmie Johnson’s fifth-place finish was his second top-five result of the season.
Who had a bad race: Kevin Harvick’s bid for a third consecutive points victory ended when he hit the wall to bring out the caution on Lap 85. He finished last in the 40-car field. It is the first time he’s finished last in a Cup race. … Defending Coca-Cola 600 winner Austin Dillon had a tire go down and went into the wall in the first stage. He needed several laps for repairs and finished 34th. … Ryan Blaney‘s night ended early because of a blown engine and placed 36th. … Ryan Newman was running fifth when he had a mechanical issue that sent him to the garage with less than 90 laps to go. He finished 35th.
Notable: Jimmie Johnson has now gone 36 races (a full Cup season) since his last series win.
Quote of the night: “At the end of the day, we ran second and he kicked everybody’s tail,’’ runner-up Martin Truex Jr. about winner Kyle Busch’s performance.
Next: The Cup Series is at Pocono Raceway at 2 p.m. June 3.