08-03-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Busch gets first win of season at Pocono

Sometimes destiny is just in the cards. It just might take a bit to reveal itself, as Kyle Busch can attest.

Busch had been winless this season, after coming off an impressive four-win year in 2016. Last year, Busch had tallied 17 top five finishes and 25 top 10 finishes in 36 races.

This year, although he started four races from the pole position, he was unable to convert any of those prime race starting positions into a first place finish and trophy, until Sunday.

In the Overton’s 400, Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series checkered flag at Pocono Raceway.

The 160-lap race featured 16 lead changes and five caution periods for 21 laps. But, when you start the race at the head of the pack, you put a lot of distractions in your rear view mirror.

Busch led 74 laps and collected his first win of the season and 39th career victory. Sunday’s start also marked Busch’s fifth pole position of the season.

Kevin Harvick finished in second place, earning his eighth top five finish of the year.

Martin Truex Jr. took third place. Truex led 31 circuits in Sunday’s race, the 21st of the season. Truex has three wins this season and picked up his eighth top five finish this season.

Denny Hamlin drove to a fourth place finish. Hamlin’s finish gave him his seventh top five of the year.  He led 18 laps.

Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five, after he led six laps, and tallied his 11th top five finish of the year.

Sixteen drivers finished the race on the lead lap.  Drivers who did not finish in the top five but led laps included: Clint Bowyer (5), Matt Kenseth (9), Austin Dillon (2), Erik Jones (4), and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (11).

Next up is Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at the Glen. Hamlin was the 2016 race winner at Watkins Glen International. After finishing fourth this week, you can be sure he’ll be on the hunt for a win.

MIS race fans, be sure to get your tickets to the Pure Michigan 400, scheduled for Sunday, August 13! Time is running out.

Top five local sports related events of the 2016-2017 school year

Each year in the summer, the annual Press Box anniversary article is published, which includes the top five most memorable moments that occurred on our local sports fields, courts, trails, and gym floors during the preceding school year.

It’s always difficult to winnow the list to five. There are so many players and people that make watching sports fun and so many great stories that come from the Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet sports teams.

Sports, like life, are about highs and lows and the stories that are created by both.  It’s about being reminded that not everyone finishes first and that it takes guts and determination and passion to continue playing or running or hitting when you know you will never be the superstar.

Sports are about hearing your name called as the emcee reads off the starting lineup. It’s also about sitting on the bench cheering your teammates on, watching from the sideline.