Kyle Busch searching for first win at Pocono today

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Pocono Raceway has been both decent and cruel over the years to Kyle Busch. He has six Top-10 finishes in 17 career Sprint Cup starts there, but has also suffered eight finishes of 22nd or worse.

The “Tricky Triangle” is also one of six tracks where he has never won a Cup race (the others being Martinsville, Charlotte, Kansas, Indianapolis, and Homestead-Miami).

However, he returns to Pocono for today’s 400 after finishing sixth there earlier this summer. On Friday, he made the most of an earlier draw and qualified on the outside of the front row. He believes that he’ll be in contention for a good result this afternoon if he can keep out of trouble.

“I feel like I’ve been pretty good here the last few times,” Busch said according to the Republican & Herald (Pottsville, Penn.). “Just unfortunate circumstances have eluded us from having good finishes here. Last year in the first race, we broke an engine. Second race, we had a brake rotor come apart.

“If we have good solid runs where I don’t speed on pit road or we don’t have mistakes on pit road, we don’t have something break or get crashed or whatnot, we do run well here. I wouldn’t say Top-5s are our norm here. But we should be able to run in the Top-5 and contend for those good finishes.”

Busch was also second-fastest in a Friday practice session, so expect him to have strong pace this afternoon. The question is whether it’ll be strong enough to keep up with pole sitter Jimmie Johnson, who won June’s Party in the Poconos 400 at the 2.5-mile oval.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.