Hampton, GA – Kyle Busch entered this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway vying for the three-peat at the 1.54-mile Georgia track. Busch, entered himself in not just the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, but both the NASCAR XFINITY Series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on Saturday afternoon too.
Needless to say, Busch is going to be spending more time in a race car this weekend than not.
But, this weekend is different too. There’s a doubleheader on Saturday for both support races, which is unusual for NASCAR to do that. Normally, when all three series’ are at a track together, the Trucks race on Friday, XFINITY on Saturday and Cup on Sunday.
At Atlanta this weekend, it’s XFINITY first on Saturday, then the Trucks right after. The Cup race will then run on Sunday.
In turn, it’s a lot of track time for Busch at Atlanta this weekend.
In those races, Busch did well on Saturday. He led the first six laps of the Rinnai 250 XFINITY Series race after earning his 58th career series pole earlier this morning. He wouldn’t lead again though until 20 laps left in the race when on a late race pit stop, his crew got him out off pit road first on the final caution of the race.
Busch, wouldn’t give up the lead again leading the final 20 laps en route to his 87th career XFINITY Series victory and 171st career NASCAR victory as a whole.
The victory lane celebration wouldn’t last long though, as he had to climb in his No. 51 Toyota Truck and race in the Active Pest Control 200 shortly thereafter.
In that race, Busch ran in the top five for most of the day as he ran in two behind his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Christopher Bell. In fact, Bell led the first 82 laps of the race.
Until the caution flew to end Stage 2.
The leaders all pit under the caution, and like the XFINITY Series race, Busch’s KBM crew got him out first ahead of Bell giving him the lead on Lap 83.
He would lead all the way until a pit stop with 22 to go. It would be the final stop of the race, but Busch’s team got him off pit road fifth. Counter that with Grant Enfinger staying out, and Busch would restart sixth.
On the restart, Busch had a right front tire go down as that relegated him to a disappointing 26th place finish.
Now, Busch will try to win again on Sunday in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. He will start the race third in his No. 18 Toyota.
He has has eight career NASCAR wins at Atlanta, two in each at the Cup and XFINITY Series level to go along with four Truck Series victories as well.