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Kyle Busch Wins 6th Race Of Season At Pocono

July 30, 2018

LONG POND — Kyle Busch withstood a pair of late restarts to repeat as the winner of the Gander Outdoors 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.

Busch had a 1.5-second lead over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez with six laps to go in the 160-lap race when the caution came out for a hard crash by Bubba Wallace in Turn 1.

Wallace had a brake failure in his No. 43 Chevrolet, skidded onto the grass, then headed out of control toward the outside wall and slamming into it. After a few minutes, he got out of his car and sat down beside it, then gingerly walked to a waiting ambulance. He was checked out at the infield care center and released.

The race was red-flagged for 10 minutes, 10 seconds. When it resumed with three laps to go, Busch held off Suarez, Chase Elliott and Erik Jones on the restart.

However, on the final lap, the caution came out again when Aric Almirola spun, sending the race overtime

On the Lap 163 restart, Busch again held off Suarez and Jones. He won by 1.788 seconds.

It is Busch’s sixth victory of the season and 49th of his career. He also won the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race Saturday at Pocono, giving him a weekend sweep.

And, in June, he also won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race here.

Suarez finished second and Alex Bowman was third. Both efforts were career-bests.

Kevin Harvick was fourth and Jones wound up fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were William Byron, Elliott, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin.

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