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Kyle Busch caps weekend NASCAR sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane with a broom, emblematic of his weekend NASCAR sweep.

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Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane with a broom, emblematic of his weekend NASCAR sweep.

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kyle Busch made NASCAR history Saturday night with an unprecedented sweep of three national series races in one week, completing the trifecta with a victory in the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch hoisted a broom in Victory Lane, where he made his third visit in four days. He also won the Nationwide race Friday night and the trucks race Wednesday to become the first driver to complete the sweep since NASCAR expanded to three national series in 1995.

"I've been trying to do this since I got to NASCAR," said Busch, who succeeded on his fifth try for a three-race sweep in his career. "I love Bristol, and I love winning. And to do it for the first time ever in NASCAR, to sweep the weekend, man, that's pretty awesome."

The win in the Irwin Tools Night Race, his third Cup victory this season and third in the past four races at Bristol, was drama-free after another round in his ongoing feud with Brad Keselowski.

Busch admitted to intentionally wrecking Keselowski late in the Nationwide race, and he celebrated that win by mockingly rubbing his eyes like a crying baby as the crowd showered him with boos. Keselowski vowed revenge over the public address system, to the delight of the crowd.

The barbs continued up to the start of the Cup race. As Busch was booed in prerace introductions, he sarcastically told the crowd, "Aw, you're so loving."

Keselowski was introduced moments later, earning a thunderous cheer by saying into the microphone, "I'm Brad Keselowski … Kyle Busch is (a jerk)."

But there was almost no chance of an on-track altercation, as the two were hardly near each other most of the night.

Keselowski did make it hard for Busch to pass him late in the race, when Keselowski was fighting hard not to go a lap down, but Busch made a clean move around him in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after several attempts.

"Great job," his team radioed after the pass.

"I know," Busch replied. "I have more class."

Crew chief Dave Rogers reiterated that after Busch completed the victory.

"Some wise guys got introduced behind him, and he raced like a champion and handled it with class all day," Rogers said.

David Reutimann of Zephyrhills rallied from a bout with food poisoning to finish second in a Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, and Jamie McMurray was third in a Chevrolet for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.

Clint Bowyer rallied from an early pit-road speeding penalty to finish fourth in a Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. He moved a step closer to locking down the 12th and final spot in the Chase for the Championship, leading McMurray by 100 points with two races left until the Chase.

Mark Martin finished 23rd and fell to 14th in points, one behind McMurray. Jeff Gordon was 11th, good enough to clinch a spot in the Chase.

Juan Montoya, McMurray's teammate, was seventh despite damage to his car from contact that wrecked four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson. The pole-sitter, Johnson finished 35th.

Reutimann recorded his first top-15 finish since winning at Chicago last month.

"I feel really, really good about the finish, but I'm not feeling so hot right now," Reutimann said. "I'm ready to go to sleep at some point. Maybe now."

Kyle Busch caps weekend NASCAR sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway 08/21/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 22, 2010 5:15pm]
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