Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Kyle Busch sweeps again at Bristol Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch sweeps again at Bristol Motor Speedway

That pattern repeated itself this week and Busch wound up fifth. He now has 20 Bristol wins across all three national series.

Only one driver has done it before, and it was Busch in 2010 at Bristol.

Kyle Busch secured a rare tripleheader sweep, steaming to his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. He holds five wins in his career and has a driver rating of 99.3 there.

"Man, Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight", replied Busch following the 500 lap race that saw 21 lead changes among six drivers. He now leads second-place Larson by 129 points. Busch went on to record his 10th stage victory of the season.

This turned into a two-man show between Busch and Jones. "And I felt lucky and fortunate to have got a victory here". Daniel was pretty strong coming on there before the caution came out.

"Bristol is such a special place for me", said Bayne. "We'll just give up on the rest of pit road not to get caught". But the auto was sideways loose. "I had a really good feeling about it".

"It was great", Busch said. I did what I could, but it just wasn't quite enough.

"Overall, it was a solid day".

"I'm proud of him". Although much of the early pre-race festivities were geared toward honoring Junior as he heads into retirement, it was another disappointing finish for the 88 team.

"We need to qualify well".

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Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. finished 21st, missing out on a chance to clinch the regular-season championship.

"I think we can [do it]", Busch said. "I made a mistake and hit the wall with about 50 to go and it kind of tightened my vehicle up a little too much".

Suarez and Sadler both enjoyed the ability to run the bottom groove in Turns 1 and 2 and the upper groove in Turns 3 and 4. It's again provided drivers some flexibility.

Jones conceded how hard it is to beat Busch anywhere, particularly at Bristol. I think everything happens or doesn't happen for a reason. "The track put on a show". Kenseth caught and passed Busch. Busch started from the pole and won the opening stage. He lost a position to eighth by the end of the stage. He has failed to finish four of the past five events, including a year ago when he led 256 laps and ended up in a wreck that followed a parts failure.

The No. 18 auto started from the 18th position, though that didn't faze it one bit. Especially this Bristol race. "I guess that's why it stings a little bit". Sponsors are very hard to come by, nearly every driver needs to find some sort of his funding on his own, and corporate America's current appetite is to back the young kids just breaking into the sport.

Allgaier had a strong vehicle from the outset. Now working on four consecutive top-10 finishes and two straight top three runs, Jones has moved to 15th in points in his rookie season. He then pitted for a flat tire and went two laps down. The No. 18 team led the final lap, after battling side-by-side with with the No. 42 vehicle for the final 10 laps.

Bayne sees Bristol as the flawless opportunity to join his teammate in the playoffs.

Qualifying was shortened to a single, 20-minute round. I wish I would have gotten the pole, like I said, but Erik is really good here at Bristol.

Busch is determined not to get caught speeding on pit road Saturday.

The veteran completed his sweep of the weekend, who had won the event in Xfinity and the Truck. Busch's crew chief, Adam Stevens called the No. 18 auto to pit road, giving up the playoff point, hoping to put him in the right position for the second half of the event. I was running with my tongue hanging out. "Obviously really excited to get the race going now and see what we can do". "We're ready to rock and roll".

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