Jun 27, 2014, 10:54 PM EDT
It was a great goal — while it lasted.
Kyle Busch came into Kentucky Speedway with a feeling he could potentially win all three races there — Thursday’s Camping World Truck Series, Friday’s Nationwide Series and Saturday’s Sprint Cup main event — this weekend.
He got off on the right foot by winning the Truck race (his fifth in as many starts this season and 40th out of 120 career starts in the series).
But a poor restart on older tires with five laps remaining in Friday’s NNS race ended Busch’s hope to continue the sweep on into Saturday’s race as Kevin Harvick passed him by en route to the win, and Brad Keselowski also passed Busch with two laps left, relegating Busch to a third-place finish — certainly not the finish he envisioned coming into the race.
Busch is the only driver in NASCAR history to ever pull off a three-race weekend sweep — the so-called “Triple” — having done so at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2010.
But even though he came up short of making it two-thirds of the way through the weekend with back-to-back wins, Busch still has Saturday night’s Cup race to potentially rally back for at least two wins in the weekend.
And given how likely he is upset for failing to win Friday night’s race, an upset Busch makes for a more motivated Busch, which could mean he may very well wind up being unstoppable in Saturday’s Cup event.
As rock star Meatloaf sang in one of his biggest hits, “Two out of three ain’t bad.”
That very possibly could be Kyle’s mantra Saturday.
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