Busch makes NASCAR history|Sweeps all three races at Bristol

Published 12:01 pm Sunday, August 22, 2010

By By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch made NASCAR history Saturday night with an unprecedented sweep of three national races in one week, completing the trifecta with a victory in the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch hoisted a broom in Victory Lane, where he made his third visit in four days. He also won the Nationwide race Friday night, and the Trucks race Wednesday night to become the first driver to complete the sweep in the 14 years since NASCAR has had three national series.
‘‘I’ve been trying to do this since I got to NASCAR,’’ said Busch, who has tried for a three-race sweep five times in his career.
The Cup victory, his third of the season and third in the last four at Bristol, was drama-free after another round in his ongoing feud with Brad Keselowski.
Busch admitted to intentionally wrecking Keselowski late in the Nationwide race, and he celebrated that win by mockingly rubbing his eyes like a crying baby as the crowd showered him with boos. Keselowski vowed revenge over the public address system, to the delight of the Bristol crowd.
The barbs continued all the way up to the start of the Cup race. As Busch was booed in pre-race introductions, he sarcastically told the crowd, ‘‘Aw, you’re so loving.’’
Keselowski was introduced moments later, taking the microphone and earning a thunderous cheer by saying, ‘‘I’m Brad Keselowski … Kyle Busch is (a jerk).’’
There was almost no chance of an on-track altercation, though, as the two hardly raced near each other for most of the night.
Keselowski did make it hard for Busch to pass him late in the race, when Keselowski was fighting hard not to go a lap down, but Busch made a clean move around him in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after several attempts.
‘‘Great job,’’ his team radioed after the pass.
‘‘I know,’’ Busch replied. ‘‘I have more class.’’
Crew chief Dave Rogers reiterated that after Busch completed the victory.
‘‘Some wise guys got introduced behind him, and he raced like a champion and handled it with class all day,’’ Rogers said.
David Reutimann rallied from a bout with food poisoning to finish second in a Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, and Jamie McMurray was third in a Chevrolet for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.
Clint Bowyer rallied from an early pit-road speeding penalty to finish fourth in a Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, and he moved a step closer to locking down the 12th and final spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Mark Martin, who started the night 35 points Bowyer in 13th place, finished 23rd.
Kasey Kahne was fifth in a Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, and Ryan Newman was sixth in a Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Juan Pablo Montoya, McMurray’s teammate, finished seventh despite damage to his car from contact that wrecked four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson. The pole-sitter, Johnson finished 35th.
Greg Biffle was eighth in a Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch was the highest finishing Dodge, and RFR’s Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.