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Here’s rooting for a Kyle Busch victory on Sunday

By admin | November 7, 2009


By Richard Allen

No driver has ever won three races in the top three NASCAR divisions over the course of the same weekend. Kyle Busch is near to doing just that.

On Friday night Busch won the Camping World Truck Series event at the Texas Motor Speedway. On Saturday afternoon the often controversial driver won the Nationwide Series race on the same track.

Even though Busch is not the most popular driver on the circuit, wouldn’t it be nice to have something to talk on Monday other than everyone else’s opinion that the race was boring and NASCAR’s opinion that it was incredibly exciting? Or, talking about a Busch clean sweep would surely be better than discussing the latest NASCAR rule change, Junior’s most recent failure, the empty grandstands or more Hendrick domination.

I am not a fan of Sprint Cup drivers racing in the lower divisions, at least not on a full time basis. However, since the deeds have already been done in the lower classes this weekend, we might as well root for a little history.

Busch has at least some chance of pulling off the three-peat. He has qualified 5th for the Dickies 500. But, his speed in final practice was not near the top of the charts, for what that is worth.

If Kyle Busch is able to win a third race in the course of one weekend it will be a remarkable feat. It will be a testament to his driving ability and the abilities of the teams he drives for.

But perhaps most importantly, it will give NASCAR enthusiasts a new subject to discuss on Monday morning. Then on Tuesday, we can go back to discussing whether or not the race was boring, the latest rule change, another Junior failure, empty grandstands and Hendrick dominance.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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One Response to “Here’s rooting for a Kyle Busch victory on Sunday”

  1. midasmicah Says:
    November 8th, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Rich, things have gotten so bad that I didn’t watch the truck or the Nationwide races and I doubt I will watch the Sprint cup riace unless just to check it out during commercials. The Nationion series is a joke. It used to be the AAA of nas$car. A place where young drivers could earn their stripes. Now it’s dominated by cup regulars. Next come Danica mania. It’s sprint cup lite. ARCA seems to be the proving ground for young drivers. I think nas$car is unfixable in it’s current state. It’ll take a lot for this fan of 25+years to come back. Good article though.

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