Busch takes Cup vic­tory at Pocono.

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kyle Busch watched the num­ber of laps he's led this sea­son tick, tick, tick as it crossed 1,000, and he only re­ally cared about the lap he hadn't led: the last one.

"We've had speed. We've been right there," Busch said. "We've been able to do what we should be do­ing and that's run­ning up front."

For all that time up front, Busch also had the long­est los­ing streak of his ca­reer, a rare re­ces­sion over his time build­ing a re­sume even NASCAR Hall of Famers would envy, with the 2015 Cup cham­pi­onship, 176 wins over three se­ries and an elite ride for Joe Gibbs Rac­ing.

He can add two more feats to the list — 13 straight years with a Cup win and his first check­ered flag at Pocono.

Busch used a bumpand-run on Kevin Har­vick to take the lead with 16 laps left and held on to snap a 36-race los­ing streak and win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Race­way on Sun­day.

"I never thought this day would hap­pen," Busch said.

Busch won from the pole and gave Toy­ota its 100th Cup win since its 2007 de­but. Busch had Toy­ota's first Cup win in March 2008 at At­lanta Mo­tor Speed­way.

Busch had never gone a full sea­son with­out win­ning a race. Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way is now the only track where he's failed to win a Cup points race.

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