NASCAR diverged down two distinct paths this weekend, with the trucks and Cup being worked over by the Tricky Triangle of Pocono while the XFINITY cobbers paid a visit to Iowa Speedway. Kyle Busch became numbers-matching with his truck’s win and C. Bell made history by winning his third XFINTIY race in a row. The broken record hit repeat for Kyle Busch over on the Cup side at Pocono on Sunday.
Rowdy Busch Is Numbers Matching in Pocono
Kyle Busch made his NASCAR Camping World Trucks win record match the number of his truck on Saturday. Busch’s win Saturday was his 51st in the truck series. Todd Gilliland won the first stage and Stewart Friesen took his number 52 to the second stage win. Kyle Busch has an amazing record in the truck series, winning almost 35% of the 190 races he’s been in.
Erik Jones provided the most excitement of the day when he was tapped at the last minute to sub for a sick Kaz Grala in the Kyle Busch Motorsports Number 18. Because he was a sub, he had to start at the back. By the end of the second stage he was up the top five, and he battled Busch hard for the lead for the final few laps of the race. Jones finished the race in second while Dalton Sargeant took the GMS Racing Number 25 to a third place finish.
Bell 3-Peats with Iowa Speedway Win
The XFINTIY drivers gave fans a good race in the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon. There was action throughout the field with drivers battling for every position they could get. Then there was the youngster, Mr. C. Bell. Although Bell didn’t have to battle against an XFINITY legend like Brad Keselowski or Kyle Busch for this win, he did have to get it by coming from the back. By lap 53, Bell was in a battle for 7th with Daniel Hemric.
Cole Custer had a good show going as he won the first stage but then fell off some. C. Bell battled Custer hard for the final four laps of the second stage, ending up with the second stage win. Bell battled with Justin Allgaier for the final laps of the race, finally completing the pass of Allgaier on the last lap. Allgaier came in second while Kyle Benjamin took third. The win is Bell’s third in a row, the first driver since Dale Earnhardt, Jr to achieve that.
Kyle Busch Wins Again
Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono started out with Daniel Suarez being pushed up to the pole after both front row drivers were sent to the back of the field for failing pre-race inspection. The race had excitement throughout the pack, with door to door racing and cars loose over the tunnel turn all day.
The race also saw a number of drivers lose a tire. The scariest incident of the race, though, was when Bubba Wallace lost his brakes in the Number 43 and absolutely slammed the outside wallafter attempting to scrub off some speed by going through the grass.
Bubba’s wreck pushed the race into NASCAR Overtime. The checkered flag saw Kyle Busch winning his sixth Cup race of the year. Daniel Suárez topped off his great qualifying run with a second place finish and Alex Bowman had one of his best finishes with a third place finish.