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Kyle Busch Sweeps Weekend at Bristol



One word describes Bristol weekend for Kyle Busch: domination. On Wednesday night he won the rain-delayed Trucks race. Friday night, he wins in Xfinity. And on Saturday night, he drove to victory in the Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race. This tripleheader sweep is nothing short of historic and awe-inspiring.

Saturday night descended on the east Tennessee short track with one overarching question; can Kyle sweep the weekend again? In 2010, he accomplished this feat but has not won 3 races in a weekend since.

After late contact with Kyle Larson, Busch won Stage 1. Stage 2 ended up going to Matt Kenseth, with Kyle finishing 8th. Erik Jones, who started the night on pole, proved to be a serious threat all night. The Michigan rookie would lead a race-high 260 laps.

Kyle would set sail for victory lane at the start of the final stage. He appeared unstoppable in this 250 lap stint, racing his way by Kenseth, and eventually by Jones. In the end, Kyle would lead 156 laps, and earn 20 Playoff points.

On both Wednesday and Friday, Busch had to battle back from mid-race pit road speeding penalties. Luckily, he had no such issue on Saturday. Kenseth was busted for speeding but would rally back to finish 4th. The top 10 drivers were Busch, Jones, Denny Hamlin, Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Blaney.

Notable Numerology from Saturday’s Race

This race had added significance for several drivers. It was career start number 600 for Kurt Busch and number 450 for younger brother Kyle. This marked Kyle’s 40th career Cup series win, a feat only ever accomplished by 17 drivers. Across all 3 national series, Kyle Busch has 180 wins.

This coming week is an off weekend for the Cup Series. However, the Xfinity Series is in action on Sunday at Road America.  The next Cup race will be the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. It will air on Sunday, September 3, on NBCSN, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.