Kyle Busch stayed in front of Kevin Harvick the last 24 laps after the final restart.Leading a total of 116 of the 334 laps.Busch hadn’t won in the first six races,but had finished second three times,two of those races were runners up to rival Kevin Harvick. Harvick who dropped back as far as 27th place and a lap behind the leader, got a penalty for an extra man over the wall when a tire got loose in the pit,but managed to bounce back,getting his lap back and picking up a solid top 10 finish,all in all a good day.
“We did overcome a lot. … We had a pathetic day on pit road, two days on pit road, because of pit guns,” Harvick said. “When you have a pit gun problem like we have multiple times and been able to overcome it and then today we couldn’t overcome it. Time after time you can’t get the lug nuts tight because the pit guns don’t work.”
Jamie McMurray finished third, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top 5, Blaney had just come off of a XFinity win the day previously.Stewart Haas had another strong performance,as all three of their drivers finished in the top 10.
“They were probably just a tick faster overall, but I just had to make sure to do everything I could to hit all my marks and everything to focus on making sure that I did the right things to block his air a little bit,” Busch said.
The first stage ended under caution after Martin Truex blew a right front tire, shooting up the track and slamming hard into the outer wall. Truex, finished last on the day.A seven car pileup in stage 2, eliminated a number of good drivers,including Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin,it all began when Denny Hamlin spun out trying to avoid a slowing Aric Almirola.