May 31, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT
In the spirit of the casino that abuts the backstretch of Dover International Speedway, Kyle Busch rolled the dice and doubled up with a win in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Buckle Up 200 Presented by Click It Or Ticket.
Busch’s win Saturday made him 2-for-2 for the weekend, having dominated in his victory Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
It was Busch’s 134th career win across all three NASCAR pro series, and his 66th in the Nationwide circuit (Friday’s win was his 39th in the Truck series).
It was also Busch’s third win of the season in the NNS.
“The last 30, 40 laps there, I was just holding on, trying to hold those guys at bay,” Busch told ESPN after the race. “This car was pretty awesome. I didn’t think it was (in practice), but it was.”
Busch will go for a weekend sweep and his 30th Sprint Cup win in Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks. Busch is the only driver to have ever accomplished a weekend sweep in NASCAR history, having done so at Bristol in August 2010.
“We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, but we unloaded fast and I think we’ll be alright (Sunday),” Busch said.
Busch’s victory prevented former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano from earning a record-tying fifth consecutive NNS race win at the all-concrete Monster Mile – in his Monster Energy-sponsored Toyota Camry, coincidentally.
“I felt if we had clean air, we would have won the race today,” Logano said. “We just weren’t able to get up there, so we got beat. It’s kinda frustrating. It’s going to take me another couple years to get back in this position again, so we’ll have to start again in the fall (race at Dover). … Unfortunately, we didn’t get into victory lane this time, but we’ll try again next time.”
“This Nationwide Series is so tough this season that you have to be on your game every single lap, and I felt we did that this weekend, but it stinks to be that close,” Bayne said. “You want to get greedy and just ask for that much more.”
Elliott Sadler is second in the standings, four points behind Smith, followed by former points leader Chase Elliott (-22), Bayne (-27) and Dillon (-27).
Here’s the unofficial result of Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket:
1 Kyle Busch
2 Trevor Bayne
3 Joey Logano
4 Matt Kenseth
5 Chase Elliott
6 Kyle Larson
7 Brian Scott
8 Ty Dillon
9 Elliott Sadler
10 Regan Smith
13 Ryan Sieg
17 Joe Nemechek
18 Jeff Green
21 Timmy Hill
22 Mike Bliss
23 Joey Gase
24 Derrike Cope
25 Josh Reaume
27 Ryan Reed
28 J.J. Yeley
31 Cale Conley
32 Mike Harmon
33 Josh Wise
34 Matt Carter
36 Todd Bodine
38 Ryan Ellis
39 Matt Dibenedetto
40 Blake Koch
We’ll be back with more updates shortly.
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