Kyle Busch aiming for another trifecta at Bristol
Bristol, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Busch is pulling triple duty at Bristol Motor Speedway this week, in hopes of winning all three NASCAR national touring series races here for the second time in his career.
The Camping World Truck Series will run its scheduled 200-lap race at this 0.533-mile short track on Wednesday night. The Nationwide Series will compete here on Friday and the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday.
In August 2010, Busch won the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series races at Bristol on the same week, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to accomplish that feat. One year ago here, he took the checkered flag for the Nationwide and Truck events but finished 11th in the Sprint Cup race. He had to start from the rear of the field after he had wrecked in qualifying.
Busch has a record 16 NASCAR national touring series race wins at Bristol -- five in Sprint Cup, seven in Nationwide and four in the Truck Series.
"I love Bristol and getting back there running all three divisions is going to be fun," Busch said. "We would love to be able to repeat 2010 -- that would be amazing -- to do another trifecta."
In the spring of 2007, Bristol was resurfaced as well as reconfigured with the addition of variable banking. It produced more side-by-side racing and therefore lowered the amount of beating and banging among competitors. Fan response to the modified banking at Bristol was not favorable since the number of cautions in races there had significantly dropped.
The concrete surface at Bristol underwent a modification after the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competed there in March 2012. The top groove of the surface was grinded, with the intention of bringing back traditional racing at this famed track.
Bristol has 24-28 degrees of banking in all four of its turns. The lengths of the frontstretch and the backstretch are 650 feet.
This will be the 17th time the Truck Series competes here.
"Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the best racetracks on the circuit," Busch said. "All the fans love it because of the excitement. They get to see a lot of run-ins and close-quarter action. All the cars are packed on top of one another at a half-mile racetrack, with 43 lunatics running around in a tight circle -- or in the case of the trucks 30-something lunatics. It's a fun place, and I enjoy racing there in all three series."
Busch's six-race winning streak in trucks came to an end last Saturday at Michigan. The driver/owner of the No. 51 Toyota scored the victory in the 2013 season-finale at Homestead. He started off his 2014 schedule in the series by winning in each of his first five starts -- Daytona, Kansas, Charlotte, Dover and Kentucky. Busch finished fifth at Michigan. Johnny Sauter won there and took over the points lead.
Sauter holds a nine-point advantage over second-place and ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton, who is the defending series champion.
Thirty-eight teams are on the entry list for the UNOH 200.
Series: NASCAR Camping World. Date: Wednesday, Aug. 20. Race: UNOH 200. Site: Bristol Motor Speedway. Track: 0.533-mile oval. Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET. Laps: 200. Miles: 106.6. 2013 Winner: Kyle Busch. Television: FOX Sports 1. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.
08/20 10:23:36 ET