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No one could match the pace of Kyle Busch in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was quickest in the field from the drop of the green flag, and carried that speed throughout the 400 laps to claim his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series points win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sunday's marathon race gave a number of drivers to overcome mistakes and still claim top-10 finishes, but Busch never put a foot wrong. The race was his to lose from the beginning, and he wasn't going to let it go.
The night saw a pause in Kevin Harvick's domination, and put the Toyota contingent in charge in a dramatic change of fortunes from just the prior week. Chevrolet drivers also had a good night with Hendrick Motorsports and the Chip Ganassi Racing team all putting multiple drivers inside the top 10. The only Ford in the top five was Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski. It was definitely Kyle Busch and Toyota's night, and this week's race at Pocono Raceway will show how much staying power this swing in momentum has.
Kyle Busch – Busch dominated the early miles Sunday night in Charlotte, jumping out to the lead from pole, which turned out to be just the start of a highly successful evening for the former champion. He not only endured throughout the first 100 laps, claiming the first stage victory of the night, but continued that form across the rest the stages, too. That was more than