Kyle Busch is ‘The Man’

by Monte Dutton

BRISTOL, Tenn.— Just winning the Irwin Tools Night Race wasn’t enough for Kyle Busch.

Bristol Motor Speedway hosted races in the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. Busch won them all, and it’s the first time anyone ever did that since NASCAR began sponsoring three national touring series with the advent of truck racing in 1995.

“I’ve been trying to do this since I got to NASCAR,” he said after the Cup victory. “This is history, and I’m proud to make it.”

Two others, Brad Keselowski and Elliott Sadler, competed in all three races. Busch won them. This year Busch has won a total of 16 races in the three series: 10 in Nationwide, three in Cup and three in Truck.

The Cup victory was Kyle Busch’s fourth at Bristol; his older brother Kurt has won five Cup races at the half-mile oval.

“I love Bristol, and I love winning,” said Kyle. “And to do it for the first time ever in NASCAR, to sweep the weekend, man, that’s pretty awesome.

“I don’t know what to think. Fortunately, I was able to get it done, be the first one to do it. I’m the first in a lot of things.”

Perhaps Bristol’s huge crowds have grown weary of victories by the Busch brothers. Kyle faced thunderous boos during driver introductions and the celebration following the Cup victory. It didn’t appear to faze him in the least. In fact, it looked as if he enjoyed it.

“I just come out here to do my job,” he said. “I do what I’m supposed to do, and to win races is my job and what that entails…. The fans drive this sport. They’re what makes us go ‘round and get us here every week…. They’re passionate about who they like and who they don’t like.

“I’ve been in this position since the start of my career, since I was 16, and it hasn’t changed, and I don’t foresee it changing anytime soon. We’ve asked this question about 50 million times, and I’ll probably get it 25 million more times. You know, you just deal with it, man. You just go out there and do what you can.”

Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (NC) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week ( features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at ‘© 2010 King Features Syndicate

Kyle Busch is the first driver ever to win races in three NASCAR divisions in the same weekend. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)