The weekend belonged to Kyle Busch as he made a familiar stop in Victory Lane in two of NASCAR’s national series winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday (March 20, 2011)and the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday (March 19,2011), which gives him five consecutive wins at the .533-mile track.
After a caution on lap 429, Busch was able to hold off pole sitter Carl Edwards by .946-second for his first 2011 win and 20th career Sprint Cup win. A former Kansas Speedway winner, Busch’s last win, in the Sprint Cup Series, dates back to last fall at Bristol. Busch’s win gives the national series its fourth different winner in the first four races of the 2011 season.
The win for Busch moved him up eight positions to sixth place in the Cup Series point standings just 17 points behind his brother, Kurt Busch who took sole control of first place, one point ahead of Missouri native Edwards and 12 points ahead of the Stewart Haas Racing duo of Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman, who are tied for third. Kansas native Clint Bowyer finished 35th at Bristol and is currently 24th in points, 66 behind point leader Kurt Busch.
Also, the Kyle Busch machine was strong on Saturday as he won his 45th Nationwide Series race rolling past Kasey Kahne while leading 264 laps and becoming the first driver in the Nationwide Series history to led 10,000 laps approximately 2000 laps more than veteran Mark Martin.
Defending race winner Justin Allgaier moved up two spots to third place in the series point standings while Jason Leffler took over the series point lead from Reed Sorenson who finished a disappointing 34th at Bristol and is now fourth in the point standings. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. remains in second place, two points behind Leffler.
Danica Patrick, in her last race before taking a break to compete in the IndyCar Series, fell to ninth in the point standings, after finishing in 33rd. Patrick’s part-time NASCAR schedule, which includes the Oct. 8 Kansas Lottery 300, resumes on June 4th at Chicagoland.
Race fans will be able to see Kyle Busch and the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cups Series stars in action at Kansas Speedway on June 5 in the Kansas Speedway 400 and again on October 9 in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Tickets to all events at Kansas Speedway are now on sale by calling 866.460.RACE (7233) or by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and guests may bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.