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Kyle Busch makes it 2 for 2 in Texas

Wins both Truck and Nationwide races
Saturday, November 07, 2009

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Kyle Busch
Two down. One to go.

Kyle Busch moved one race closer to an unprecedented weekend triple Saturday -- and, oh, by the way -- a giant step closer to his first title in a major NASCAR touring series.

Busch dominated the 300-mile O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, leading 179 of 200 laps and pulling away after a restart on Lap 187 to beat substitute driver Casey Mears to the finish line by 3.154 seconds to win his eighth Nationwide Series race of the season and the 29th of his career.

More important from a historical perspective, perhaps, Busch has the opportunity to become the first driver to win races in each of NASCAR's top three series at the same track on the same weekend. Busch won Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race at the 1.5-mile speedway. On Sunday he'll start fifth in the Dickies 500 Sprint Cup race at Texas.

"Four in a row at Texas, baby!" Busch shouted after crossing the finish line, referencing his fourth straight Nationwide win at the track.

Mears took his first ride in the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet after Jeff Burton, who was supposed to drive the car, was banged up in a Friday crash during Sprint Cup practice. Burton was not seriously hurt, but owner Richard Childress made the switch as a precaution, and Mears validated the decision in his first Nationwide appearance since 2007.

Busch opened a 272-point lead in the Nationwide standings over ninth-place finisher Carl Edwards. Brad Keselowski, who ran fifth Saturday, is 292 points back in third place. Busch can clinch the series title outright next Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway by finishing 15th or better. He also clinches with a finish of 34th in the final two events of the season.

Jason Leffler came home third Saturday, followed by polesitter Matt Kenseth.

Busch came close to a triple in February, when he won the truck and Nationwide events at Auto Club Speedway in California and finished third in the Cup race. If he completes the weekend sweep at Texas on Sunday, he'll do so in crew chief Dave Rogers' debut on the pit box. Rogers replaced Steve Addington as Busch's Cup crew chief after last Sunday's race at Talladega.

"We qualified better than we expected -- fifth, so that's cool," Busch said when assessing his chances for the Cup victory. "The car wasn't bad in practice (Saturday). There were some areas where we felt really good about it; there were some other times when we didn't feel so good about it.

"I like what's going on there. I think we've got about a fifth-to-10th-place car right now, and if we can just hang there throughout the day -- make some good changes, make some good adjustments, have Dave learn some things, maybe -- that we can be contenders. And if you're contenders at the end of the race, you never know."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs / WWE Raw 195/10 200 Running
2 7 29 Casey Mears Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 170/0 200 Running
3 9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 165/0 200 Running
4 2 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 165/5 200 Running
5 5 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Degree V12 160/5 200 Running
6 3 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 155/5 200 Running
7 42 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 146/0 200 Running
8 6 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 142/0 200 Running
9 15 60 Carl Edwards Ford Ortho Mouse & Rat Control / Ortho Home Defense Max 138/0 200 Running
10 8 11 Mike Bliss Toyota Ridemakerz 134/0 200 Running
11 16 1 James Buescher Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 130/0 200 Running
12 11 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Tissue / Brookshire's 127/0 200 Running
13 13 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Aaron's Outdoors Mossy Oak 124/0 200 Running
14 12 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 121/0 200 Running
15 22 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 118/0 200 Running
16 10 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet LoanStar Title Loans 115/0 200 Running
17 28 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 112/0 198 Running
18 35 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 109/0 197 Running
19 32 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty SteelSak 106/0 197 Running
20 26 26 Kevin Conway Chevrolet Extenze 103/0 196 Running
21 19 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 100/0 179 Accident
22 21 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 97/0 177 Accident
23 42 81 Bobby Hillin, Jr Dodge T-Rex Companies 94/0 167 Running
24 43 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop / WWE Smackdown 91/0 152 Accident
25 14 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 88/0 144 Running
26 33 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 85/0 138 Engine
27 25 58 Josh Wise Chevrolet Cavi Clothing / Macy's 82/0 134 Electrical
28 18 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet NuTone Heating & Cooling / iQ Drive 79/0 119 Accident
29 17 196 Michael McDowell * Dodge my123backup.com 76/0 118 Accident
30 4 10 Kasey Kahne Toyota Great Clips 78/5 112 Susp.
31 24 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 70/0 109 Ignition
32 27 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 67/0 103 Accident
33 20 0 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Saxon Group 64/0 103 Accident
34 31 183 John Borneman III Ford Twisted X Boots / Red Line Oil 61/0 50 Ignition
35 23 07 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Dynamic Technology 58/0 32 Handling
36 29 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Lowery Plumbing 55/0 25 Electrical
37 34 61 Kenny Hendrick Ford Specialty Racing 52/0 15 Rear End
38 36 05 Mark Day Chevrolet 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 49/0 8 Transmission
39 37 47 Chase Miller Toyota Construction Jobs.com 46/0 6 Vibration
40 38 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 43/0 4 Overheating
41 39 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 4 Vibration
42 40 192 Dennis Setzer Dodge K Automotive Performance 37/0 2 Overheating
43 41 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 34/0 2 Handling

* Denotes Rookie

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