Kyle Busch Has a Big and Busy Weekend Coming Up in Phoenix

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer INovember 10, 2009

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs/WWE Smackdown Toyota,  hoist a replica of the WWE world championship belt on victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Last Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway Kyle Busch came up one gallon short of making history.

After dominating the Camping World Truck Series on Friday, then the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, he was well on his way to making it three-for-three on the weekend until the tank went dry.

Had Busch pulled into victory lane, he would have become the first driver in NASCAR history to win all three races, in all three series, in the same weekend.

However, it wasn't meant to be.

But Busch will get another shot this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway.

On Friday night, Busch will climb back aboard his No. 51 Miccosukee Resort/Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota that he's won seven races thus far this season in. Those wins come with two poles, 10 top fives, and 12 top ten finishes. 

Busch will go for his sixth straight truck win Friday at the track he took his truck to victory lane in 2007.

After the truck race will come the biggest day for Busch, the Nationwide Series race on Saturday. 

Following his victory in Texas, Busch improved his point lead to 272 markers over Carl Edwards and 292 over third place Brad Keselowski. 

All Busch needs to do in his NOS Energy Drink Toyota on Saturday, barring no penalty coming from his opening day inspection issues at Texas, is finish 15th or better and he'll win his first NASCAR championship.

If that happens, Busch will be able to hold the WWE Championship belt that was presented to him last weekend, the Nationwide Series Championship trophy and in a John Cena like way be able to say, "The Champ is here!"

In his post race media obligations following his victory at Texas, Busch was asked about taking home the Nationwide title in Phoenix. 

"It's gonna be great though because all the sponsors worked it out where NOS will be on the car next week [Phoenix]," Busch said.

"We'll get some championship shots with them hopefully after clinching."

After what could be big days in the Trucks and Nationwide Series and of course celebrating, Busch will take one more shot at the history that he's come so close to capturing. 

He'll climb into his M&M's Toyota Sunday for the second weekend with Dave Rogers as his crew chief and try to go back to victory lane at Phoenix in the Sprint Cup Series for the first time since 2005.

Busch's busy weekend could be big for a lot of reasons in the Valley of the Sun.  

But even if he doesn't win a race at all, Saturday has the potential to be a great day for Kyle Busch and his fans. He could be crowned a champion for the first time in his career.

"To think of myself in a different light [as a champion], I don't. I don't see that, I don't think any of my peers would. I don't think Jason or any of my guys would look at me different because I'm a champion, cause they're champions too of course," says Busch.

"It's an accomplishment. It's something you set out to do as a young guy, even before I made it to NASCAR."

Busch came to NASCAR and has dominated in everything he's ever sat in. 

He's crushed and set records, he's won so many races over all three series over the last two years that it seems crazy, and now he's going to be rewarded for it. 

Crew chief Jason Ratcliff has called this a dream season in the Nationwide Series and something that will always be looked back upon. They've done just about everything there is do to in the Nationwide Series and they all know it.

Well, almost everyone.

"There's a lot of stuff at the end of the race my wife will tell me when I get home, 'Hey, good job on that record today' and I don't have any idea what you're talking about," says Ratcliff. 

As for Busch, he knows about the records and takes pride in them, but still looks back on something that he wishes had happened.

"You know what would be impressive is if those 11 second place finishes were wins. That would be 19 wins, that's what stupid. That's what's silly, if that could have been."

He did however, try to put a little humor into it.

"The only thing worse than finishing second on a day is when you finish second to a pregnant woman because then you're third. That's what sucks." 

Over three days in Phoenix it'll be hard to find anything that will suck for Kyle Busch. He'll be the center of attention for a lot of people, and could steal a little thunder from the Sprint Cup Series and their championship battle.

Fans have the chance to see more than Jimmie Johnson make racing history this year. 

The NASCAR season is coming to a close and the first champion getting set to be crowned in Las Vegas Native Kyle Busch.

"To win a NASCAR title means a lot." 


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