FORT WORTH, Texas: Kyle Busch, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, swept a weekend for the second time in his career at Texas Motor Speedway, and for the second consecutive week on the circuit.
Busch pulled away in dominant fashion to win the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 early Sunday morning, leading 34 laps for his second career Cup win and second sweep (along with the spring 2013 races) at TMS.
Busch did the same thing a week ago at Martinsville, and now has nine career Xfinity and Cup sweeps in his career. That’s more than any driver in history.
“I’m having a blast, living the dream,” said Busch, who took the checkered flag at 12:12 a.m. “It’s just fun right now. It’s all clicking and going together. Things are great for our team. Can’t say enough about our team. Cool to be here in Texas,” he said.
The race started almost two hours after its scheduled start time of 6:46 p.m. as the track had been hit with on-and-off rain throughout the afternoon. But Busch was more than happy to celebrate late into the night following a three hour, 37-minute race.
It’s no surprise to see Busch in Victory Lane celebrating with his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota teammates, either. He has been riding one of the hottest streaks in recent memory, winning the past four national NASCAR events.
Busch extended his career win total to 36, tied for third-most among active drivers with Matt Kenseth. Only Jimmie Johnson (77) and Tony Stewart (48) have more.
His career wins, coupled with a championship, Busch already has strong Hall of Fame credentials at age 30. But he spoke before the race of wanting to become one of the all-time greats, setting goals such as 100 Cup wins and five championships.
At the rate he’s going, it may not be as far-fetched as it seems.
“The guy is good,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished runner up. “He’s got a great team behind him and they put him in position at the end. I ain’t surprised by any means. We’ve just got to work to try and get that opportunity.”
Earnhardt passed Martin Truex Jr. late in the race for second, but didn’t have enough to threaten Busch for the win in the closing laps.
Busch had taken the lead with 33 laps left, and built an insurmountable cushion down the stretch.