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.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists
IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.