Kyle Busch looks for another Bristol sweep after NNS win

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Three years after he swept the NASCAR triple-header weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch will have a chance to replicate that feat after burying the competition in tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Busch, who also won Wednesday’s night Camping World Truck Series event on the high-banked half-mile, led 228 of 250 laps to win the Food City 250 from the pole position.

But in order to break out the broom once more in Tennessee, he’ll have to charge from the 43rd and final starting position in tomorrow night’s Irwin Tools Night Race for the Sprint Cup Series after spinning out in qualifying earlier on Friday.

Upon claiming his 15th career Bristol win in NASCAR’s “top three” national touring series, he acknowledged the big job ahead of him and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing squad in tomorrow’s main event.

“It’s a whole different ballgame tomorrow, that’s for sure,” Busch told ESPN in Victory Lane. “…In qualifying, I just overstepped it. I got too high, I was a little too loose and I screwed up.

“It’s not like I haven’t come from deep in the field before. It’s going to be a tall order. I had pit road speeding penalties, had to go to the back, and came back and finished second in the spring, so we’ll just see what tomorrow has.”

Meanwhile, while “Rowdy” dominated, multiple contenders for the NNS championship were finding trouble at a place where it always seems to be plentiful.

Points leader Sam Hornish Jr. finished two laps down in 12th place thanks to spark plug wire problems, but he got off better than title rivals Regan Smith, who finished four laps down in 21st place, and Brian Vickers, who wrecked and suffered a 34th place result.

As a result, Hornish kept his edge in the championship by a margin of six points over Austin Dillon, who finished third in tonight’s race behind Brad Keselowski. Following Dillon tonight in fourth and fifth respectively were Justin Allgaier and Kyle Larson.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.