Kyle Busch: Tackling a Texas Trifecta

Written by  Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:34
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For just the second time this season, Kyle Busch will compete in all three of NASCAR's top three divisions, something he has done numerous times throughout his career. Busch, who in August of 2010 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway became the only driver ever to sweep all three races in the same weekend, will begin his attempt at a Texas Motor Speedway trifecta driving the No. 18 Dollar General Tundra in the WinStar World Casino 350 Friday night.


Busch, who attempted the trifecta for the first time this year in August at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., wasn't able to bring home a victory, but qualified in the top five and finished in the top 10 in all three races. He was nearly triumphant in his Truck Series return, running out front for a total of 75 laps before surrendering the lead to rookie Ty Dillon with six laps remaining, and recording his 19th career runner-up finish in NASCAR's third division. The following day, the Las Vegas native captured Kyle Busch Motorsports' (KBM) first Nationwide Series pole in his No. 54 Monster Energy Camry and brought home a seventh-place finish in the race. He completed the weekend leading 66 laps and finishing sixth in the Sprint Cup Series race.


Texas has been a track where the 27-year-old driver has recorded multiple victories in both the Truck and Nationwide Series and has been knocking on the door of victory in the Sprint Cup Series. He produced back-to-back Truck Series victories in the fall race in 2009 and 2010 and won five straight Nationwide Series races from April of 2008 to April of 2010. In the Sprint Cup Series, he has yet to visit victory lane at "The Great American Speedway," but has recorded four top-five finishes across 14 starts and twice has led over 150 laps.


Busch has been knocking on the door of victory in all three series recently. He finished second in the Cup Series event last weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, was leading at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in the Nationwide Series until he ran out of fuel entering the final turn on the final lap and in his lone Truck Series start this season was leading with six laps remaining at Atlanta. This could be the weekend when the talented wheelman knocks down the door old-west style and rides out of Fort Worth with a Texas-sized trifecta.



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