Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch earned a trifecta of sorts this weekend at Kentucky Speedway – not winning all three races, but taking home finishes of first, second and third in NASCAR’s top three series.
After winning Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at the 1.5-mile track, Busch drove the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry to a third-place finish in Friday night’s Nationwide Series John R. Elliott HERO Campaign presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 300, behind winner Kevin Harvick and runner-up Brad Keselowski. Keselowski took the checkered flag Saturday night in the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400, followed by Busch in second in the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota.
“We were a lot better than we’ve been all year long and that’s a testament to what the guys did overnight fixing this M&M’s Toyota Camry into what I could drive today and making it fast,” said Busch. “We had good speed, so I was real proud of that effort. I got so loose there at the end – the loosest I’ve gotten all day and the loosest I’ve been in traffic all day too. I just couldn’t hold on and couldn’t keep it where I wanted it, and was sliding all over the place and just trying not to wreck basically.”
Busch led 38 laps in Friday’s Nationwide Series race and 31 in the Cup Series race on Saturday – the only driver not employed by Team Penske to lead laps (Keselowski led 199 laps and former JGR driver Joey Logano led 37).
Matt Kenseth, who ran both the Nationwide and Cup Series races this weekend, came home fourth in No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the Quaker State 400 but got caught up in an accident in the Nationwide Series race, finishing 36th in the No. 20 Resers Toyota. Denny Hamlin brought out the first caution flag of the night on Saturday, finishing 42nd in the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota after an accident in Turn 4.
Elliott Sadler’s 10th-place finish in Friday night’s Nationwide Series race put the driver of the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota back on top of the points standings, four ahead of rookie Chase Elliott and eight ahead of Regan Smith.
The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series head back to Daytona International Speedway for this weekend’s action – the Subway Firecracker 250 for the Nationwide Series on Friday, July 4th and the Coke Zero 400 for the Cup Series on Saturday, July 5th. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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