Busch Completes Daily Double At Auto Club Speedway
Kyle Busch made history on Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway. He plans on making even more Sunday.
The 23-year-old Busch (#18, Z-Line Designs Toyota) became the first driver to win two of NASCAR’s top three circuit races in the same day with a checkered-flag win in the Stater Bros. 300, a NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
“This was just a blast,” said Busch, who earlier in the day also visited victory lane by winning the San Bernardino County 200, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. “To beat guys like Carl (Edwards) and Kevin (Harvick), it’s pretty special. To win twice in one day, well that's even more special.”
Busch—who on the day led for 238 laps combined—held the previous best same-day performance with a first in the NASCAR Nationwide and second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held at Daytona in July of 2007. On Sunday, Busch will attempt the trifecta as he goes for weekend win No. 3 in the Auto Club 500. The wins on Saturday were the 10th and 11th consecutive times Busch has finished in the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway.
It was another oh-so-close finish for Kevin Harvick (#9, Rheem Chevrolet), who finished second. It was the third time he has come in second at Fontana to go along with three third-place finishes.
"We’re right where we need to be,” said Harvick, who posted his 11th top 10 finish in 13 races at Auto Club Speedway. “It was a good night for us.”
Said Joey Logano (#7, GameStop Toyota), who finished third: “We had a good race with Kevin (Harvick) at the end but we weren’t able to get him.”
Added Carl Edwards (#1, Scotts Ford), who was fourth: “I think I got hit at the end but that’s racing. Kyle was just in a league of his own.”
Brendan Gaughan (#11, South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet) was the highest finishing rookie at ninth.
Saturday was just the third time a driver has won both a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the same weekend (Greg Biffle at Phoenix in October of 2001 and Kyle Busch at Phoenix in November of 2007). There have been 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup-NASCAR Nationwide weekend sweeps.