Busch wins in Bristol, rolls to sweep of all three weekend racesNASCAR Wire Service
August 20. 2017 5:36AM
Kyle Busch secured a rare tripleheader sweep, steaming to his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Busch led 156 of 500 laps in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota to prevail in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. His sixth Cup win on the .533-mile track was the 40th of his career in NASCAR's top division.
Rookie Erik Jones, the first-time pole-starter in the Furniture Row Racing No. 77 Toyota, led a race-high 260 laps but fell short in a bid for his career-first premier-series win. He settled for second place, 1.422 seconds behind at the finish.
Denny Hamlin locked up third place in another Gibbs entry, with teammate Matt Kenseth rallying from a midrace pit-road speeding penalty to complete a 1-2-3-4 sweep by Toyotas. Kurt Busch took fifth in the top-finishing Ford, and Ryan Newman was sixth to wrap up the best effort for a Chevrolet driver.
Kyle Busch swept races in all three NASCAR national series this week, replicating the trifecta he accomplished at Bristol in 2010. He now has 20 Bristol wins across all three national series.
"That one was a lot harder," Busch said after posting wins in the Xfinity Series on Friday and the Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday. "Man, Erik Jones put up a whale of a fight. That's all I had. I was running with my tongue hanging. My arms were jello and my throat hurts, but man that's awesome. Can't say enough about everybody on my Joe Gibbs Racing team."
Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. finished 21st, missing out on a chance to clinch the regular-season championship. Truex made an unscheduled stop on Lap 207 with a loose wheel on his Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota, then was penalized for speeding during that pit-road visit.
After serving a pass-through penalty, Truex was scored two laps down in 29th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., in what was likely his final Bristol start in the series, wound up 23rd in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet.