Kyle Busch’s dad told his son this week not to question success, just embrace it.
“Just ride it as long as you can,” Busch said of his father’s words after winning the pole for Sunday’s Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway.
Busch has never won at Pocono, but he’s on one incredible roll. He’s won four of the past five Sprint Cup races including the last three in a row. Starting at the front Sunday can only help around the tricky, triangular layout at Pocono.
“I love that clean air up front,” Busch said. “I’ve had plenty of times when everything went wrong. This is all pretty sweet.”
“Things are sorting out really, really well. Why they’re sorting out that way, I don’t know. Hopefully this run has another 16 weeks in it.”
Busch’s final-round winning lap was 50.44 seconds (178.416 mph). This was Busch’s first pole since last fall at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick qualified second and Joey Logano third. Austin Dillon and Tony Stewart completed the top five.
Gordon not big on one-offs
Soon-to-retire Jeff Gordon was asked Friday if he’d consider driving the occasional one-off Sprint Cup race beyond this season.
In essence Gordon said probably not, and especially not a superspeedway.
“It’s total disruption of an organization to do a one-off race,” Gordon said. “I realize how disruptive it would be, so I probably wouldn’t do it.”
And if he could be convinced to make the occasional cameo appearance?
“If I did, it would probably be a short track like Martinsville,” Gordon replied.
Bowyer avoids speculation
There were questions swirling around the garage this weekend concerning the future of Michael Waltrip Racing after MWR investor Rob Kauffman chose to buy into Chip Ganassi Racing.
One of the questions is whether driver Clint Bowyer could end up leaving MWR for Ganassi after this season. Bowyer declined to address that Friday.
“You need to bear with us. There is obviously some change on the horizon,” Bowyer said. “We’ve got a new sponsor on the car (Maxwell House) This weekend. It’s a big deal to us.”
Yet Bowyer certainly didn’t dissuade reporters, either.
“There is obviously change on the horizon and we’re going to have to work on the future and see what that looks like,” Bowyer said.
Road course in the Chase?
Sprint Cup heads to the road course at Watkins Glen, N.Y., next. Martin Truex, Jr., who won the last race at Pocono Raceway, is intrigued by the possibility of adding a road-course race to the season-ending Chase.
“I really enjoy the road courses. I probably wouldn’t mind seeing one in the Chase,” Truex said. “If I had to pick I would lean toward Watkins Glen (over Sonoma) just because it seems like is such a wild-card race. It’s almost like a Talladega or Daytona of road courses because of the layout and the double-file restarts.”
Charity poker raises $57K-plus
A charity poker tournament at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino raised nearly $58,000 Thursday night, split evenly between the NASCAR Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.