Kyle Busch was able to win for the second straight day, this time in the top tier – Sprint Cup. He was able to win on Sunday because of a speeding penalty by Jimmie Johnson on pit road that cost him any chance at winning the race on the final pit stops.
“I just had too much forward bite leaving the pit box and got going too fast and got busted,” Johnson said on the situation.
Johnson was clocked at 40.09 mph out of the pit box. The speed limit is 35 mph. Those are crucial mistakes that you can’t make and Johnson usually does a good job with it.
“Unfortunately for those guys, they got busted for speeding and we weren’t able to beat them outright and race them around the end of the race,” Busch said. “I’m going on a limb to say we could beat them today with or without the penalty.”
I’m going to have to disagree with Busch on that. I don’t think that Busch would’ve beat Johnson on Sunday. Johnson had the dominant car all race, leading 225 laps to Busch’s 131 laps. Johnson did end up finishing sixteenth, though.
Jeff Burton finished in second, Matt Kenseth finished in third, Denny Hamlin finished in fourth and David Reutimann finished in fifth.
This was the second win on the season for Busch as his other win came at Richmond International Speedway two weeks ago.
Kevin Harvick finished in seventh place, and is still the overall points leader. Busch moves up to second place after the victory today, making him only 69 points behind Harvick.
Vickers, not racing because of the blood clots in the legs/lungs, moved down seven spots to 27th and is now 610 points behind Harvick. Johnson moved down from second to fourth place and is now 131 points behind Harvick.
Busch led the last 35 laps and Johnson lost the lead with 38 laps to go because of the speeding penalty.
Next race will be next week, with the NASCAR Sprint Showdown and then the All-Star race on Saturday, May 22nd. The Sprint Showdown will be at 7:30 EST and the All-Star race will be at 9:00 EST.