Kyle Busch wins NNS event at Texas, goes for only second 3-race weekend sweep in NASCAR history

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It’s two down, one to go this weekend for Kyle Busch.

The younger Busch brother won his second straight race of the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, capturing Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

In so doing, he earned the 100th career Nationwide Series victory for Joe Gibbs Racing, as well as it being the 58th NNS career win for JGR behind the wheel for Busch, and his 70th overall NNS triumph.

“I can’t believe it,” team owner Joe Gibbs told ESPN. “I’m just real proud of Kyle. We got off to a rough start in this (Nationwide Series), it took us almost five years to win a race. So we really appreciate this.

“If (Busch) see’s anything in front of him, he’s after it. Sometimes we don’t give him a good enough car, but he’s still after it. … It’s a big deal for us.”

Coupled with Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race, Busch goes for a weekend sweep in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup race.

Busch is the first – and only driver to date in NASCAR annals – to sweep all three races in a weekend, having done so at Bristol in 2010.

“It’s obviously a special moment for all the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing,” Busch told ESPN in Victory Lane. “Everybody in the body shop, chassis shop and engine shop, they’ve worked hard for a long time to get this many wins and have done a great job.

“I’m just glad to be a part of the effort, a small part of the effort. It’s good to be back on top here at Texas and getting another win here.”

Busch led 116 of the event’s 200 laps.

Joey Logano gave Busch all he could handle, leading 59 laps himself, but couldn’t catch Busch at the end and settled for the runner-up finish.

“Kyle was fast there in the long run,” Logano said. “My car was good enough to pass him every time, but then I got loose and he’d come along. Long run speed wasn’t in our game there.

“We needed another caution to make it more interesting for the fans and to have a little more fun.”

Ryan Blaney finished third, followed by NNS points leader Chase Elliott in fourth and Matt Kenseth was fifth.

Sixth through 10th were Brian Scott, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler (although Clint Bowyer drove most of the race when Sadler took ill) and Dakoda Armstrong.

Regan Smith was 11th, followed by Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, Dylan Kwasniewski, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Ryan Reed, Mike Bliss, Landon Cassill and JJ Yeley.

While leading on Lap 50, Trevor Bayne suffered a rather frightening incident when what appeared to be a right rear tire suddenly went down, sending him into the wall.

The rear of his car burst into heavy flame, but Bayne was able to work his car down to the bottom of the track and exited his Ford.

“It makes you want to laugh or cry,” Bayne told ESPN. “I don’t know which one to do – probably not laugh because this is the best Nationwide car I’ve ever had.

“Our No. 6 was just hauling the mail today. It had a lot of speed all weekend long, It’s disheartening. These guys deserve it.

“There was no warning. I just wonder why it caught fire so fast, whether that was something after the impact or sometimes that happens when the brake line or oil line comes off. The way that it went, it had to be a tire to me, the way it felt.”

Also, Elliott Sadler began the race, even though he failed to qualify earlier in the day due to some type of stomach illness.

According to ESPN, Sadler was sent to the infield medical care center during qualifying and received several bags of fluids for an apparent dehydration problem.

Sadler felt good enough to start the race, but got out of the car after just eight laps, replaced by Sprint Cup regular Clint Bowyer, who qualified the ride for Sadler, as well.

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Bowyer ultimately finished ninth in the race.

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IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.