Unable to contain himself, Kyle Busch let out an elated scream as his car entered Turn 3 on the 400th and final lap of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
From start to finish, Busch fashioned a dominating victory at the only active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series track at which he had never won a points event. That makes Busch the only driver in NASCAR history who has won at every Cup track at which he has started a race.
In winning for the fourth time this season and the 47th time in his career — 15th on the all-time victory list— Busch started from the pole, swept all three stages of the race, led 377 laps and extended his series lead to 67 points over 22nd-place finisher Joey Logano.
Alongside two sweeps at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Busch twice won races in all three of NASCAR’s top touring series in the same weekend, the unprecedented sweep of all active Cup tracks will maintain a special place in the pantheon of his successes.
There was no weakness at all on Sunday night, with Busch’s crew performing as flawlessly in the pits as the driver did on the asphalt. Truex, who rallied from two pit road penalties to run second attested to Busch’s dominance.
Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman, who came home sixth through ninth, were the only other drivers on the lead lap at the finish.
Kevin Harvick’s bid to win three straight Cup points races for the second time this season ended abruptly on Lap 83, when a flat left front tire sent Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas racing Ford into the Turn 3 wall.
A five-time winner in 2018, Harvick had worked his way up to fourth from his 39th-place starting position, with the deep-in-the-field start resulting from three pre-qualifying inspection failures on Thursday.
Harvick was chasing Kyle Larson for third when the tire went down and ended his day.