Jul 11, 2011

Kyle Busch had a dominating weekend at Kentucky this past weekend, winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Thursday, finishing third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday and winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday. And he came out of Kentucky as the Sprint Cup point leader.

The wins marked Busch’s 98th and 99th career NASCAR victories.

“This is cool man,” said Busch. “It was certainly a fun night for us. Couldn’t be happier to be in victory lane. This one ranks right up there with the best of them. It’s good to know we’re figuring things out. I’m hoping No. 100 comes at Loudon next week.”

Busch won the Truck Series race on Thursday despite starting at the rear of the field for missing the driver’s meeting. But he quickly made his way to the front of the field to contend for the lead. Joey Coulter and Busch led the field to the final restart with five laps to go, but Coulter spun his tires and Busch took over the lead and drove away for the win. Parker Kligerman finished second, Brendan Gaughan was third with Todd Bodine and Jason White rounding out the top five.

Series points leader Johnny Sauter endured another tough night. He started on the pole and led 24 laps before a broken axle sent him to the garage with less than 25 laps to go. Sauter still managed to extend his points lead to 23 over rookie Cole Whitt when Whitt was collected in an incident after Ron Hornaday Jr. got loose coming out of turn four about halfway through the race, which also collected Josh Richards and John King.

Brad Keselowski kept it from being a clean sweep by Busch after saving enough fuel to win the Nationwide Series race Friday night.  Keselowski held off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Bush to earn his first Nationwide race win of the year. Kasey Kahne came home fourth and Elliot Sadler finished fifth and took over the points lead.

On Saturday night, Busch led 125 laps to become the first driver to win a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. David Reutimann got by Jimmie Johnson on the final restart for second, Ryan Newman was fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth.

Clint Bowyer fought a loose-handling car from the drop of the green flag at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night. After running deep in the field most of the race, on lap 262, he spun in turn two and slammed into the outside wall ending his night. Bowyer finished 35th and dropped outside of the top ten in the point standings to 12th place with no wins to put him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jamie McMurray’s bad luck continued with a 36th place finish at Kentucky after loosing an engine for the second time this season on lap 201. McMurray is currently 28th in the Cup standings.