TMS Media Relations | Nov 01, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 1, 2014) – Kyle Busch completed the second leg of his attempt at a rare NASCAR tripleheader sweep Saturday by outdueling Joey Logano to win the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch (No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota), fresh off Friday night’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 win, completed the Nationwide Series/Camping World Truck Series sweep for the second time at Texas Motor Speedway and now sets his sights on Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 for the ultimate prize of the triple.
“I think it would be real special opportunity tomorrow (in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500),” Busch said. “It’s something special especially at another venue. I would cherish it probably as much as the first, if not as much. You don’t get many opportunities to capitalize on all three series.”
He earned a double sweep at Texas Motor Speedway in the fall of 2009 and nearly recorded the weekend triple, but he ran out of fuel in the lead with three laps to go and ultimately finished 11th. In 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway, he went on to become the first and currently only driver in NASCAR history to win all three top-tier races in the same weekend.
Busch extended his record for career Nationwide Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway by adding his seventh with a 1.562-second win over Logano (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford). It also was his seventh NNS victory of the season, 70th in his career and a milestone 100th for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The margin of victory between Busch and Logano, however, was not indicative of the dramatic battle between the two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veterans. Busch, who led six times for a race-high 116 laps, and Logano, who led five times for 59 laps, exchanged the lead six times over the final 85 laps in the 200-lap event before Busch took control late.
Busch held the lead with 20 to go and only relinquished it to Regan Smith (No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet) for the ensuing five laps during final green-flag pit stops. Busch beat Logano out of the pits and regained the lead on Lap 186 and then pulled away from Logano over the final 15 laps.
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Snap-On Ford) finished third for his third top-10 finish in as many career starts at Texas Motor Speedway. Rookie Chase Elliott (No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) finished fourth to extend his Nationwide Series championship lead to 48 points over Smith, his JR Motorsports who finished 11th. Matt Kenseth (No. 20 GameStop/Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Toyota) finished fifth to round out the top five.
Busch’s attempt to close out the weekend triple sweep begins at 2 p.m. CT Sunday with the start of the Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500. The 334-lap, 501-mile race will be televised live on ESPN and available on radio through PRN and SiriusXM nationally as well as locally on KRLD-AM 1080.
Tickets are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or at the Gate 4 ticket booth on race day.