With the NASCAR Nationwide Series becoming as competitive as the Sprint Cup Series it meant a lot for Kyle Busch to get the sweep over the weekend at the Royal Purple 300 and the Auto Club 400, NASCAR’s only Southern California appearance of the year.
It’s the second time Kyle accomplishes this feat at the speedway, with the first taking place in 2010 when he won the Camping World Truck Series followed by the Nationwide Series, but falling short of winning the Sprint Cup race that year.
Busch, nicknamed “Rowdy” by his peers for his aggressive driving style during the Nationwide Series Saturday races, owns his team and is the team’s driver. The young Busch has recorded more wins in the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series than any other driver, and has done it in the shortest time frame in NASCAR history. So far his wins total 25 in the Sprint Cup Series, 54 in the Nationwide Series and 30 wins in the Camping World Truck Series during his 8 years as a professional driver. While most drivers think they’re fortunate to drive in one series, Busch drives in as many races as possible.
“It wasn’t easy either day,” said Busch about last weekend’s Royal Purple 300 and Auto Club NASCAR Sprint Cup races. “We had to battle all the way until the last lap on both races. I was just happy and lucky to be in that position,” he said. “The fans saw what happened at the end of the Sprint Cup race, I was in third place behind Denny Hamlin and Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano wrecked into each other on the last lap and I took advantage of the win.”
Hamlin was flown by helicopter to the hospital for observations following the crash.
On Saturday, Sam Hornish Jr., gave Busch a run for the money during the Nationwide Series Purple Cup race. But Hornish, who drives in the series full-time and leads overall in points going into week 5 of the 36 race schedule, came up short.
Busch currently holds the modern-era record for most race wins in a season across the top three NASCAR series with twenty-five wins, accomplished in 2010. On August 21, 2010, Busch became the first driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top three touring series in the same weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. He also holds the record for the most NASCAR Nationwide Series wins with 54, surpassing Mark Martin’s 49.
In Sprint Cup standings, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., is in first place followed in order by the 2012 defending champion Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edward and Greg Biffle. In one of the most competitive sports, Busch, who says he wants to win a championship more than hold all the records, is currently 6th in the points standings with 31 races left on the schedule.