Kyle Busch Likes His Wins in Threes

As the only driver to ever win all three NASCAR National Series events at the same track in the same weekend, Kyle Busch is known for liking his wins to come in threes. Busch will take aim at another trifecta this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where he will be competing in all three series beginning with Thursday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225. The driver of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra will also be aiming for his third consecutive Truck Series victory, after earning a trip to victory lane after each of the last two events he entered this season - the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 31 and the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17.

Busch nearly accomplished a Kentucky trifecta in 2011. After being late to the Truck Series driver's meeting because of Sprint Cup Series testing, Busch was sent to the rear of the field for the Truck Series race. He eventually made his way to the front of the field, led 61 laps and held off a late-charge from now KBM Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman to pick up the victory. In Friday's Nationwide Series race that year, "Rowdy" started from the rear of the field due to an accident in qualifying and was able to finish third. The following day in the much anticipated inaugural Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, the Las Vegas native started from the pole and led nearly half the laps en route to the historic victory.


As Meatloaf sang in his 1977 single, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," but Kyle Busch likes his wins in threes. With Churchill Downs just over an hour drive from Kentucky Speedway, race fans in "The Bluegrass State" state are very familiar with the term trifecta, but Busch hopes to introduce them to his version this week at the 1.5-mile tri-oval - the trifecta that doesn't include any second or third-place finishes.



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