Race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee finally brought Kyle Busch the victory that the past three speedways have refused him. This win might have been expected considering Busch’s history at Bristol, but for him it must have been a huge sigh of relief. Winning the Jeff Byrd 500 netted Busch his first win of the season and fifth career Sprint Cup Series victory at Bristol. What is it about the Vegas-born Busch and Tennessee?
The excitement for Busch doesn’t stop there. He captured his second consecutive weekend sweep by winning the Nationwide Series race the previous day at Bristol. In August of last year, Busch made history by becoming the first driver to win three national series races (Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck Series) at the same track on the same weekend.
While Busch finally got his victory, his brother Kurt took over the Sprint Cup Series lead by a point, moving Carl Edward to the No. 2 spot. So far this season, we have had four race weekends and have seen four different drivers claim victory.
Can we make it five for five this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California? Last October’s Sprint Cup Series race was won by Tony Stewart, who is third in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Jimmie Johnson, who placed third in Bristol, is the defending champion of Sunday’s Auto Club 500. Will one of these two drivers see another victory at Auto Club Speedway so soon? Fontana should bring fans yet another exciting weekend of racing starting with the Royal Purple 300 Nationwide Series race Saturday followed by the Auto Club 400 on Sunday.