This is shaping up to be a pretty productive weekend at Dover International Speedway for Kyle Busch.
Busch followed up a victory in Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series race by holding off Trevor Bayne to win Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 Nationwide race.
Busch, who isn’t eligible for either the Truck or Nationwide titles, goes for a sweep Sunday in the Sprint Cup’s FedEx 400.
“If there was an opportunity to reverse the weekend schedule that would be good, with the Cup race first, Nationwide, then Trucks,” said Busch. “It seems like the last one is the hardest to win. So it will be tough (Sunday), with the best cars, drivers and crew chiefs.”
Busch beat Bayne by 1 second. Bayne had narrowed Busch’s lead to about three-tenths of a second with 25 laps remaining before Busch lost Bayne in lapped traffic.
“Once we got clear of (Bayne), we drove away,” said Busch. “We got our gap back and had him covered to the checkered flag.”
Pole-winner Joey Logano, pursuing his fifth straight Nationwide victory at Dover, finished third. A Logano victory would have tied a NASCAR record for consecutive triumphs at the same track, held by Dale Earnhardt (Daytona), Jack Ingram (South Boston) and Kyle Busch (Texas).
“We were going to put up five in a row, but we never had any good restarts on the inside,” said Logano. “All good things must come to an end. We’ll try again in the fall and in a few years we’ll be talking about five in a row again.”
Points-leader Regan Smith finished 10th. He leads runner-up Elliott Sadler (ninth) by four points.
The only other time a driver has swept three races in one weekend was in 2010, when Busch did it at Bristol.
“For what I’ve accomplished in my career, that ranks about first,” said Busch. “I haven’t won Daytona, the Coke 600, the Brickyard, the all-star race. So I’ve done nothing except for that.”
Busch also didn’t apologize for dominating races in series this weekend in which he’s not competing for titles. He’s won all four Truck races he’s run in this season.
“I know there are a lot of naysayers that say I don’t belong,” he said. “I’m a racer. Until the rules change, I’ll keep doing it until I can’t do it any more.”