November 8, 2009
As Yogi Berra would say, it was déjà vu all over again for Kyle Busch as he took the checkered flag at the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway.
"Four in a row at Texas, baby!" Busch shouted after crossing the finish line, referring to his fourth straight Nationwide series win at the track.
It was also his eighth NNS victory of the year and his 29th career victory out of 171 starts in the series.
The win also propelled him even further ahead of second-place Carl Edwards in his quest for the Nationwide series championship, increasing his lead to 272 points with two races to go.
By finishing 15th or better next week at Phoenix International Raceway, Busch can lock up his first championship title in a major NASCAR touring series. He can also clinch by finishing 34th or better in the final two races of the season.
The victory was also Busch's second at the Texas Motor Speedway in as many days. Friday night Busch also won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Winstar World Casino 350.
By winning on Saturday, Busch moved one giant leap closer to doing something no other driver has ever done—win races in all three of NASCAR's top three series at the same track in the same weekend.
He came close to completing the weekend trifecta in February of this year when he won both the NCWTS and NNS races on the same day at the Auto Club Speedway and finished third in the Cup race the next day.
On Sunday, Busch will begin the last leg of his latest attempt at the triple from the fifth starting position in the Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
If he completes the weekend sweep at Texas on Sunday, he'll do so with his new crew chief Dave Rogers on the pit box. Rogers replaced Steve Addington as Busch's Cup crew chief after last Sunday's race at Talladega.
"We qualified better than we expected—fifth, so that's cool," Busch said, assessing his chances for the Cup victory.
"The car wasn't bad in practice (Saturday). There were some areas where we felt really good about it; there were some other times when we didn't feel so good about it."
"I like what's going on there. I think we've got about a fifth-to-10th-place car right now, and if we can just hang there throughout the day—make some good changes, make some good adjustments, have Dave learn some things, maybe—that we can be contenders. And if you're contenders at the end of the race, you never know."
This was also Busch's 19th trip to victory lane this year and his 61st career win across all three series.
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