Kyle Busch Becomes First Driver To Sweep Truck, Nationwide, Cup Races In A Weekend
Kyle Busch raced his way in to the pages of the NASCAR history books by using a dominating drive to claim the IRWIN Tools Night Race on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After victories in Wednesday’s O’Reilly 200 and Friday’s Food City 250, the NASCAR world waited to see if Busch, who had come this far several times before, could finally make his mark.
That question was answered when Busch drove to his third victory in four days. Using a broom to “sweep” in victory lane, Busch talked about what it meant to sweep the weekend.
“It means a lot, I’ve been screaming the whole time,” he said. “I can’t say enough about this team. What a great race car. I can’t think these guys enough, they were awesome.
“I love coming out here. I love Bristol. To be the first to sweep a weekend in NASCAR is great. I’ve been trying to do this since I started my NASCAR career. I’m the first. I’m first in a lot of things,” he added with a laugh.
“It is great. We had a strong car at Bristol, we knew we would run well here. It is cool to be here [in victory lane], three nights on this weekend. We had a fast car, coming through the field was fun, thinking about how to work traffic.”
Several drivers, including runner-up David Reutimann and third place finisher Jamie McMurray, challenged Busch in the late going, but the Las Vegas native never gave up any ground.
Reutimann, who had to have Aric Almirola practice his car on Friday due to illness, talked about the close racing at the front of the pack.
“We had a great car and Aric practiced it for me. We got together, but we were racing. That was part of the deal. When you race Kyle, you know you will get together at some point. When you are leading the race, you do what you can. But he really did race us clean.”
Unfortunately for McMurray, pit road miscues, including a slide through his stall and a stuck lug nut, hurt his chances of winning.
“We qualified well, but had an issue with a lug nut. We had a fast car and we were able to drive up to the lead. The race track is very raceable…You just have to worry about getting caught up in someone else’s mess.”
When asked what he thought about Busch’s Bristol race week, McMurray expressed his appreciation for the accomplishment.
“It is pretty remarkable what he has done this weekend, especially with owning his own truck team. It is amazing what they have done in Nationwide, too. He has a feel for this place. It is impressive what Kyle has been able to do.”
Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson led 175 circuits, but after contact with Juan Pablo Montoya in the middle stages of the race, Johnson was forced to head to the garage to repair damage to his machine. He was relegated to a 35th place finish.
Points leader Kevin Harvick finished 14th.