As the competitors in NASCAR headed back to the short track at Bristol Motor Speedway, one name was on the lips of other drivers, media and fans throughout the weekend. Although he isn’t one of the most popular drivers among NASCAR fans, Kyle Busch proved that he is a force to be reckoned with after celebrating victories in all three top-series races at the famed World’s Fastest Half Mile.
Busch began his dominating performance at Bristol Motor Speedway after picking up both the pole and the race win for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 on Wednesday night. Despite leading 109 laps and winning both Stage 1 and 2 of this 200-lap race, Busch would still have to fight for the win as the laps wound down.
Forced to the back of the field after serving a pit road penalty to start the final stage of this race, Busch was able to utilize the high line to roar through the field and find himself back in the top 10 by lap 136. Nearly 30 laps later, Busch was chasing the coat tails of race leaders Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton.
Taking second from Sauter on Lap 163, Busch moved back into the lead four laps later, slicing and dicing through lap traffic. When Austin Wayne Self and Justin Haley tangled with five laps, the final restart left the field one more attempt to swipe the lead away from Busch. Despite an attempt from Crafton, the now five-time Bristol Truck Series winner pulled away during the Lap 201 overtime lap to win his first race of the weekend.
Food City 300
Busch followed up his Camping World Truck Series victory with his second victory of the weekend in Friday night’s Food City 300. Much like his victory in the UNOH 200, the win didn’t come easily to the No. 18 driver. In fact, Busch was once again bitten by a pit-road speeding penalty during the intermission after his Stage 1 win, forcing him to restart in 19th place.
Once again, Busch roared to the front in 58 laps to take the Stage 2 win and position himself for another victory on the .533-mile track. Busch would use this dominance to pick-up his second victory of the weekend and fifth XFINITY win of the season.
“At least I didn’t have to come through in the last stage, because everybody was pretty fast there tonight in the last stage,” said Busch. “I don’t know if I would have been able to make it all the way back up through there the way that I did in the Truck Series race.”
While celebrating this win, Busch also knew that sweeping the weekend was going to be a challenge – but one he was up for.
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
In a race fraught with tension, Kyle Busch pulled off the weekend sweep at the most popular short track in the mountains of Tennessee after winning the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. After grabbing the pole for the 500-lap race, Busch picked up the Stage 1 win, but he would have to stand up to a hard-charging Matt Kenseth, who would take the Stage 2 win away from the hard-working No. 18.
Although Kenseth gave Busch a run for his money, the three-time weekend winner diced through traffic on the final 79-lap green-flag run to cross the finish line 1.422 seconds ahead of Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Erik Jones.
Having accomplished the same feat at Bristol in 2010, Busch was the only driver in NASCAR history to achieve the three-series sweep in the same week at the same track. Now he’s the only driver to have done it twice.
“I put everything that I had left this weekend into this race,” said Busch. “I was running with my tongue hanging out. My arms were Jell-O and my throat hurt, but man it was awesome!”
Despite his winning streak weekend, Busch continues to trail point leader Martin Truex, Jr. in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points by more than 100 points going into Darlington. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for all the latest in NASCAR news.