NASCAR results at Pocono: Kyle Busch holds on to win after late-race delays

Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch (Getty Images)

A late-race red flag delayed the race at Pocono Raceway, overtime extended it, but in the end, nothing could stop Kyle Busch.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver held off the field in two late-race restarts to win the Gander Outdoors 400. It’s Busch’s sixth victory of 2018.

Busch appeared headed for an easy victory late in the race, but a frightening crash involving Bubba Wallace halted the action. Wallace escaped serious injury when his car lost its brakes and slammed into the wall.

“I’m OK. That was a huge hit. But I’m OK,” Wallace said. “There’s no feeling like being helpless going off into Turn 1. … I’ll be sore, I’ll be limping, but I’ll be OK.”

On the subsequent restart with three laps remaining, Busch held off a spirited challenge from JGR teammate Daniel Suarez, but hard racing back in the pack sent Aric Almirola spinning and brought on overtime.

In the overtime, Suarez again threatened Busch, but Erik Jones challenged Suarez, allowing Busch to pull away. Suarez finished second, while Jones dropped to fifth behind Alex Bowman and Kevin Harvick.

“Suarez man, I can’t say enough about my teammate,” Busch said. “He gave us a run for my money on those last two restarts.”

Harvick, who had the fastest car most of the race, encountered trouble late when he rubbed fenders with Almirola during a pit stop, damaging his left rear.

Busch’s victory is the 49th of his career, tying him with Tony Stewart for 12th on the all-time win list.

“Tony Stewart is one of the best all-time drivers, so it’s awesome to be able to tie him,” Busch said.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup results at Pocono

1. Kyle Busch
2. Daniel Suarez
3. Alex Bowman
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Erik Jones
6. William Byron
7. Chase Elliott
8. Ryan Newman
9. Kurt Busch
10. Denny Hamlin
11. Clint Bowyer
12. Ryan Blaney
13. Austin Dillon
14. AJ Allmendinger
15. Martin Truex Jr.
16. Michael McDowell
17. Jimmie Johnson
18. Matt Kenseth
19. David Ragan
20. Jamie McMurray
21. Paul Menard
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
23. Kyle Larson
24. Ty Dillon
25. Aric Almirola
26. Joey Logano
27. Matt DiBenedetto
28. JJ Yeley
29. Jeffrey Earnhardt
30. Kasey Kahne
31. Kyle Weatherman
32. Reed Sorenson
33. Bubba Wallace
34. Landon Cassill
35. Ross Chastain
36. Timmy Hill
37. Chris Buescher
38. Brad Keselowski
39. Corey LaJoie
40. BJ McLeod