Kyle Busch wins 10th Nationwide race of season

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One day after almost falling out of his truck while doing victory donuts to celebrate his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, Kyle Busch stayed safe and sound inside the seat of his No. 54 Toyota as he delivered yet more burnouts after another dominating day in the Nationwide Series.

Busch rolled to his 10th NNS win of the season today at Chicagoland Speedway, and is now once again in position for a tripleheader sweep this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

He’ll look to get out of the Chase gate strong with a win in tomorrow’s post-season opener for the Sprint Cup Series, the GEICO 400.

“You always have to have good race cars, so we’ve got to have a good race car tomorrow as well,” Busch told ESPN in Victory Lane. “But I tell you what, this was an awesome race car right here. This Monster [Energy] Camry was phenomenal.”

Busch took the checkered flag by 1.6 seconds over another Chaser, Joey Logano, in second. NNS points leader Sam Hornish Jr. and his closest pursuer in the championship, Austin Dillon, finished third and fourth respectively, with a third Chase contender, Dale Earnhardt Jr., completing the Top 5.

Hornish now holds a 17-point lead in the NNS championship over Dillon, with Regan Smith (who finished 13th today) in third at 36 points out. Fourth-place Elliott Sadler fell back to 44 points off of Hornish after he was tagged from behind by Brett Butler in Turn 4 with less than 50 laps to go. Sadler would recover to finish 19th.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.