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August 22, 2010 - Al Stephenson
Chip Ganassi pulled off a memorable threepeat earlier in the racing season as his drivers won the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400. No other owner had ever achieved the feat.
Not to be outdone on the 3-thing, Kyle Busch did something no other driver had ever done in motor racing. He had wins in all three national touring series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Busch won the Truck series race on Thursday, the Nationwide race on Friday and capped the unprecedented accomplishment with a Sprint Cup victory on Saturday night.
As is usually the case with "Rowdy" Busch, the weekend was not without controversy. Friday night's Nationwide race saw him dueling with points leader Brad Keselowski. Kyle used a slide job to grab the lead but wobbled causing Keselowski to hit him from behind and thus repass him. Busch took the tap as intentional and spun Keselowski as soon as he caught up to him again in an obvious retaliation.
Fans at Bristol did not like the payback and not liking the contentious Busch to begin with, booed him lustily in Victory Lane. The Saturday night crowd, which no doubt included many of the same fans from the previous night, continued letting Busch know what they think of him during driver introductions for the Sprint Cup race.
Keselowski fanned the flames when he was introduced as he told the crowd that Kyle Busch was an (three letter word for butt). The crowd loved it and awaited fireworks in the race. None happened however. Keselowski had a couple of chances to retaliate on the track for the previous night, but chose not to.
Busch meanwhile, dominated the Sprint Cup race just like he had the other two and became the first to win three races at the same track in the same weekend. However unpopular that was with race fans, you have to hand it to Kyle Busch. He may be a little hard to like, but he can drive a race car.
The view from my seat suggests that Kyle Busch is a very good race car driver. His demeanor is shaky at best, but having people to dislike in racing is a good thing for the sport.
I have no problem disliking him and congratulating him all in one fell swoop!
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