By Doug Halberstadt
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch is not the most beloved driver in the sport. As a matter of fact, during driver introductions prior to the start of last weekend’s race in Bristol, Tenn., a majority of the fans booed him loudly. For Busch, it was like water off a duck’s back.
By the time Sunday’s race was over, his on-track performance managed to quiet most of those boo birds. He picked up his fifth consecutive race in NASCAR’s top three national series at the .533-mile short track.
This was his 20th in the Cup Series, his first of the 2011 season, his second consecutive at Thunder Valley and his fourth in the past five races there. Busch capped his second consecutive weekend sweep at Bristol, having won Saturday’s Nationwide Series event.
Last August, Busch became the first driver to win three national series races at the same track on the same weekend when he claimed victories in the Truck, Nationwide and Cup series.
Busch will try to transport his dominance in Tennessee out to the West Coast this weekend when the series moves to California for the Auto Club 400 in Fontana. Jimmie Johnson won last year’s race in Fontana while Busch managed only a 14th-place finish.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the March 23-29 issue