Kyle Busch falls short of weekend sweep bid at Kentucky

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It was a great goal — while it lasted.

Kyle Busch came into Kentucky Speedway with a feeling he could potentially win all three races there — Thursday’s Camping World Truck Series, Friday’s Nationwide Series and Saturday’s Sprint Cup main event — this weekend.

He got off on the right foot by winning the Truck race (his fifth in as many starts this season and 40th out of 120 career starts in the series).

But a poor restart on older tires with five laps remaining in Friday’s NNS race ended Busch’s hope to continue the sweep on into Saturday’s race as Kevin Harvick passed him by en route to the win, and Brad Keselowski also passed Busch with two laps left, relegating Busch to a third-place finish — certainly not the finish he envisioned coming into the race.

Busch is the only driver in NASCAR history to ever pull off a three-race weekend sweep — the so-called “Triple” — having done so at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2010.

But even though he came up short of making it two-thirds of the way through the weekend with back-to-back wins, Busch still has Saturday night’s Cup race to potentially rally back for at least two wins in the weekend.

And given how likely he is upset for failing to win Friday night’s race, an upset Busch makes for a more motivated Busch, which could mean he may very well wind up being unstoppable in Saturday’s Cup event.

As rock star Meatloaf sang in one of his biggest hits, “Two out of three ain’t bad.”

That very possibly could be Kyle’s mantra Saturday.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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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.