For some NASCAR drivers it’s about more than just racking up the wins. Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch is one such driver.
Over the years there have been numerous drivers – including Busch – who have swept the weekend taking the pole position for the Xfinity race and the Sprint Cup race. There has also been a number of NASCAR drives to run and win both races in the same weekend. But never before has a driver accomplished both feats in the same weekend…until now.
Kyle Busch said that has known about the record for a while and wanted to be the one to break it. Fighting unbearable heat with temperatures well above 100 degrees both on the track and in the cars, Busch topped the field in both the Xfinity Racing Series and the Sprint Cup series on Saturday to sit on the pole for both races.
On Saturday July 23 Busch dominated the Dash4Cash Lilly’s Diabetes 250 by leading all 20 laps around the two and a half mile track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway of his heat and then leading 62 of the 63 laps of the main event, giving up the lead for one lap to pit for fresh tires and a load of fuel. Busch only runs part time in the Xfinity series. This season, he has run in eleven races, winning seven of them.
Driving the number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Skittles car Busch brought the field to the green flag on Sunday afternoon July 24 as the drivers again battled triple digit temperatures for the Brickyard 400. While he did not lead every lap, Busch led 149 of the 170 laps to take his second win of the weekend and to shatter the previous laps led record which was held by five time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon with 124. Busch was never passed on the track, only giving up the lead for pit stops. It was Busch’s fourth Sprint Cup win of the season.
It is a rare treat for the winning NASCAR driver to Kiss the Bricks at Indianapolis and rarer still to do it twice in the same weekend…something Kyle Busch has done twice.
Busch was the defending champion of the 2015 Brickyard 400 and now be listed as only the second driver who went back to back in wins at the Brickyard – Six time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson is the other.
The reigning Sprint Cup champion earned the title las year in dramatic fashion. At the start of the 2015 racing season Kyle Busch was running the Xfinity race in Daytona when he was involved in a crash that resulted in a broken right leg and a broken left foot. He was sidelined for eleven races. After earning a waiver from NASCAR, Busch had to win a race and finish in the top 30 in points in order to qualify for The Chase. Not only did Busch win a race, he won multiple races on the way to earning his first Spribt Cup Championship.
Kyle Busch made his debut in the Xfinity Series in 2003 and moved up to Sprint Cup in 2005. Since first appearing on the track in a stock car Busch has earned a total of 83 Xfinity wins and 38 Sprint Cup wins. Over his racing career Busch has taken the checkered flag 166 times.
If Championship trophies are the mark of success, then Kyle Busch has a ways to go to cement his legacy, but if that legacy is measured by accomplishments and breaking records, then he is well on his way.
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