Kyle Busch went into this weekend at Kentucky Speedway hoping for a trifecta, but as Meatloaf said, “two out of three ain’t bad.”
Busch posted two wins and a third at Kentucky during its inaugural Sprint Cup race weekend: he won Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race in his own #18 Dollar General Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports, then jumped into the #18 NOS Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series, where he finished third.
Thanks to rain on Friday, Busch started on pole for the inaugural Cup race in the #18 M&Ms Toyota after leading the first practice session for the weekend. He led 125 of the 267 laps, holding off challenges throughout the race from Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and a late-race charge from David Reutimann, who finished second. Johnson, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.
JGR teammates Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano also had strong runs, finishing 11th and 14th respectively.
Busch’s 99thwin in NASCAR’s top three national series – 22nd in the Cup Series – put him on top of the Sprint Cup points standings with a four-point lead over Carl Edwards. Hamlin moved up one spot to 10th position, while Logano remained in 20th.
Get ready for tracing action at New Hampshire this coming weekend at joegibbsracing.com.