It sounds like insanity. In a weekend of 90-degree temperatures, Kyle Busch will drive in the Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series before heading home Sunday.
Busch says it’s just the opposite.
“It keeps me sane,’’ Busch said after he and his Toyota truck finished first Friday at the Lucas Oil 200. “It’s fun to go out there and raceinstead of running up and down pit road or sitting on the pit box.’’
Busch jokes about being a “finely trained athletic machine.’’ But he will need incredible endurance in order to attempt, much less excel, in all these races at Dover International Speedway.
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He beat out second-place Matt Crafton and third-place Ryan Blaney for the victory and he’s talking about a sweep of the weekend’s three races. He’ll have to drive through the pack in Saturday’s Nationwide race, where he’ll start 33rd, but he was third in qualifying Friday for Sunday’s Sprint Cup FedEx 400.
Busch led 50 of 200 laps during the truck race, making a green-flag pit stop that helped him turn a half-second deficit into a six-second lead.
He is convinced there’s a carryover value in driving this track in a variety of vehicles.
“I know this – it’s going to be hot and slick,’’ Busch said of the concrete racing surface. “You’re going to be sliding.’’
Busch is wary of all the little things that have cost him races over the years – blown tires, fuel trouble, etc. – and he suddenly brought up the camera rope in Concord last Sunday that ripped up his car.
“Hey, if something is going to fall out of the sky and hit my car’’ he deadpanned. “Oh wait, it happened!’’