Busch Wacked: Why Triple Threat Weekend Expectations Come Up Short for Shrub

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2008

Three series, three states, one driver.

Kyle Busch made history this weekend, as the twenty three year old competed in the Craftsman Truck Series race in Texas, the Nationwide Series race in Nashville, and the Sprint Cup race in Pocono.

You have to know "The Showstopper" had high expectations going into all three events, especially with the success he's had this season.

Flying from Long Pond, Pennsylvania to Texas for a Friday night race under the lights, Busch said after his second place finish that his truck simply wasn't under him. 

However, it would prove to be the brightest moment in the twenty three year old's weekend.

Saturday saw Busch return to Pocono and crash his primary Cup car, forcing his team to pull out the backup while he flew to Nashville for Nationwide Series qualifying.  A strong fifth place starting spot, however, couldn't keep Busch from a flat tire late in the race.  He finished twentieth.

However, Busch's biggest disappointment came in the Cup series race when he crashed on lap 46, making contact with Jamie McMurray in turn three.  The front nose of the car was severely damaged. 

While Busch came back into the race more than 80 laps later, his day got worse when he spun out on lap 177 coming out of turn one. It would solidify his 43rd place finish.

Rowdy lost 121 points to Jeff Burton, which leaves him leading the points by less than thirty points.  Coming into the race, Busch needed only 19 points to have a entire race lead over second place.

The end of the season will only tell if tackling all three series in three different states was worth it after all.