NASCAR Recap: Jeff Kyle 400



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Kyle Busch’s tale of two seasons now includes the kissing of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch’s third straight win makes a top-30 finish in the standings (and the Chase status that comes with it) far more likely. But, the flying Skittle may not be the biggest winner of the weekend at Indi.

Win: Toyota

Kyle Busch won his third straight race to give Toyota its first win at Indianapolis. Four of the top seven cars were Toyota. Carl Edwards won the pole. David Ragan led some laps.

Toyota has also won on every kind of course imaginable and has teams trending upward as the Chase nears. The one thing Toyota hasn’t done is win a Sprint Cup. Maybe this is the year that changes.

Lose: Old Guard

Jeff Gordon finished next to last. Tony Stewart failed to rekindle mojo in his home state. Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish Jr. weren’t able to bring back any good vibes from their open wheel days.

The real story is Gordon. He arguably should have won the Sprint Cup last year. This year, the team looks totally different. Gordon’s Chase chances still look OK, but the No. 24 is running out of time to fix its issues. And if a few upsets occur between now and Richmond, Gordon may not even get a chance to make things happen in the Chase.

Draw: Team Penske

Joey Logano could have easily won. The same holds true for Brad Keselowski. The good news is they both keep putting up the kind of points days that teams need to move on in the Chase.

But Roger Penske is synonymous with success at the Brickyard. As many times as his team has kissed the bricks in open wheel competition, Penkse is 0-22 in the Brickyard 400. For a man as competitive as Penske, that has to be beyond frustrating.

The 2015 Sprint Cup season takes teams back to Pocono. Enjoy the week, an insert a random catchphrase here.