Kyle Busch did not just win the Pocono 500 this weekend, he absolutely dominated it.His performance was even mor dominant that that of Denny Hamlin a year ago. It’s been 51 races since Kurt Busch last won a race, but since the arrival of Pat Tryson on top of his pitbox he has just got stronger and stronger.
A resurgent Dale Earnhardt Jr started from pole position, with Kurt Buschon the outside of the front row, and with Earnhardt holding the crucial 12th spot in the championship, and Busch chasing it, fireworks were expected, although neither driver could afford a DNF.
Bush led early, and really throughout the day was never matched by anyone. Earnhardt braved it out with a very loose car, but after a front shock absorber change, an inspired call by crew chief Tony Eury Jr, Earnhardt was back on the pace and went from the back to the front, leading for a while, before being passed by Busch to finish a strong second, ahead of last years dominant winner Denny Hamlin.
With Busch winning it was not enough for Earnhardt Jr to hang on to 12th in the points, with Bush now occupying that position.