By AMANDA VINCENT
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series last raced at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on June 5, Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch ended the day in victory lane for his first, and to this point only, win of the 2016 season. When the series races the track affectionately known as the “Tricky Triangle” again on Sunday in the Pennsylvania 400, Busch has a chance to claim a little piece of NASCAR history.
Busch is the only driver to finish on the lead lap in all 20 races, so far, this season, leaving him as the only driver with a chance to set a new record by finishing the first 21 races of the year on the lead lap. With a 16-place, lead-lap finish July 24 in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch tied a record set by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2012 of completing every lap through the first 20 races of a season.
So far, Busch has run 5,673 laps in the first 20 races. In that time, he has posted six top-fives and 15 top-10s, in addition to the win at Pocono from nearly two months ago.
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