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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Who has the best odds of winning Sunday’s Indianapolis 500?

Can Takuma Sato make it 2 Indy 500 wins in a row Sunday? Photo: IndyCar
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Noted oddsmaker Bovada (www.Bovada.lv) has released its annual list of which drivers have the best — or worst — odds of winning Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Topping the list is 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi at 8/1 odds, followed closely by Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves (going for a record-tying fourth 500 triumph), 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden and Will Power, all at 10/1 odds.

Other notables include:

  • Pole sitter Ed Carpenter 12/1
  • Danica Patrick 25/1
  • Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, who is vying to become the first back-to-back winner since Helio Castroneves did so in 2001 and 2002, 30/1
  • Rounding out the list with the highest odds of winning is Max Chilton at 25/1

Here’s the full list:

Indianapolis 500 – Odds to Win @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Alexander Rossi #27                  8/1

Helio Castroneves #3                 10/1

Josef Newgarden #1                  10/1

Will Power #12                          10/1

Sebastien Bourdais #18             12/1

Ed Carpenter #20                      12/1

Scott Dixon #9                          12/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay #28               12/1

Simon Pagenaud #22                12/1

Marco Andretti #98                    15/1

Tony Kanaan #14                       15/1

Sage Karam #24                        20/1

Carlos Munoz #29                      25/1

Danica Patrick #13                    25/1

Graham Rahal #15                     30/1

Takuma Sato #30                      30/1

Robert Wickens #6                    30/1

Gabby Chaves #88                    40/1

JR Hildebrand #66                     40/1

Ed Jones #10                            40/1

Charlie Kimball #23                    40/1

Spencer Pigot #21                     40/1

Zach Veach #26                        40/1

Stefan Wilson #25                     40/1

Zachary Claman De Melo #19     80/1

Jay Howard #7                          80/1

Matheus Leist #4                       80/1

Jack Harvery #60                       100/1

Oriol Servia #64                         100/1

Conor Daly #17                         150/1

James Davison #33                   200/1

Kyle Kaiser #32                         200/1

Max Chilton #59                        250/1