August 02, 2017
By: Meghan Caffrey
Since I joined SECTV in November, I have had the opportunity to cover more types of sporting events than I could’ve ever imagined. On Sunday, I experienced yet another first. Mike Hodrick and I headed out to Pocono Raceway to cover the Overton’s 400. NASCAR baby! I had never covered, let alone gone to, a NASCAR race before this and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
Sunday’s race proved to be an exciting one! Kyle Busch made his way to Victory Lane after waiting a career-long 36 races to do so. He finished the Overton’s 400 6.178 seconds before second place finisher, Kevin Harvick. In doing so, Busch checked Pocono Raceway off his list of the now 22 of 23 active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tracks he’s won on. The 23rd track being Charlotte Motor Speedway, though, he did point out there is an “asterisk” that comes with Charlotte. Busch did win the All-Star race there, but it was a non-point paying event. So now, he’s just waiting for that “official” win.
Another driver who would certainly love to grab a checkered flag in Charlotte is North Carolina native, Corey LaJoie. The rookie sported the number 23 BK Racing Toyota Sunday afternoon, which was painted in Phantoms orange and black. It was a very proud moment for Phantoms co-owners Jim and Rob Brooks to sponsor the race car. LaJoie ended up finishing in the Overton’s 400 25th out of the 38 drivers.