Busch, Keselowski attempt triple
Drivers racing in Nationwide and Cup events on consecutive days isn’t that uncommon. Doing a triple on a race weekend is.
That’s exactly what Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski will be doing at Kentucky Speedway.
They will compete in a NASCAR Truck Series race tonight (green flag shortly after 8 p.m.), the Nationwide race on Friday and the Cup race on Saturday.
“I’ll say this, those guys are brave doing it at Kentucky because it’s one of the hottest places we go, it seems like,” said Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith. “I don’t know why, but Kentucky with the asphalt that’s inside that facility and the way the facility is shaped, it seems like there’s no breeze, and it’s just brutally hot most of the time when we go there, between that and the humidity.”
Smith hasn’t raced in all three of NASCAR’s national series back-to-back-back. But he would give the right opportunity.
“Would I do it? Absolutely,” he said “We’re all racers. It doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is. We want to be in the race car and making laps and learning what we can. Certainly, the more races the better.”
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Smith saw his Nationwide Series lead reduced to 28 points after he crashed on the final lap Saturday at Road America.
“I guess the best way for me to look at it would be where was the points at Michigan when we were feeling good about where they were at, and it was 23,” Smith said. “We’re still ahead of that. Over the past two weeks, it’s been a net gain of 5 points.”
He went into the road race a whopping 53 points in front of Sam Hornish, who also had trouble and lost second to Justin Allgaier.
“It was a big hit,” Smith said. “You can’t deny the fact that that was a huge point hit, but with that said, that’s why we worked hard to have the big lead and strive to have the big lead. I would much rather be the one being chased from 28 points out in front than the one chasing from 28 points behind, if that makes sense.”
Jeb Burton, the son of Ward Burton and the newest winner in the Truck Series, is getting advice from a pretty good source other than his father, who made frequent trips to High Point when he drove for Bill Davis Racing in the Cup Series.
“I would have to say Jimmie Johnson,” Burton said of the active driver that he thinks is helping him the most. “He’s talked to me a whole lot. He helped me a whole lot at a lot of different race tracks. So definitely give the credit to him and my dad. They’ve -- Jimmie’s done a really good job taking time and talking with me, and it really means a whole lot.”
Burton, who is in his first full year in the Truck Series, won two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway in his first outing on the two-mile track.
“What we’ve been doing is just easing into it the first couple of laps and just look at our surroundings on the racetrack and then go after it,” Burton said.
In seven tries this season, he has started from the pole three times, finished in the top five on three occasions and in the top ten on five. He goes into tonight’s race second in points, 23 behind Matt Crafton.
“We definitely had the speed every week,’ Burton said. “It was definitely really good to get it done at Texas. We should have won at Kansas and spun out. Charlotte, we had a loose wheel. Martinsville, we had stuff go wrong. So finally to put it together was definitely gratifying.
“We’ve got the speed every week. So hopefully we can keep doing it.”