SPEED — Best Move: Busch Sweeps Bristol

Kyle Busch is rapidly making a mockery of the NASCAR record book, having won 24 races in the sanctioning body’s top three series in 2010. None of those 24 were sweeter than the three he posted at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.

On Aug. 18, Busch qualified on the pole for the O’Reilly 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, but had to start at the rear of the field because of last-minute repairs his crew had to make.

No matter. Busch took the lead just prior to the halfway point and held on to lead the final 116 laps to take the victory in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Toyota Tundra. “I love racing here,” Busch said after the race. “Bristol is always so much fun.”

Two nights later, Busch led 116 laps again, as he claimed the Food City 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. And he sealed the deal by leading 283 of 500 laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools night race, completing his historic sweep of all three race victories in NASCAR’s three top divisions at the same track in the same week. It was the first time in NASCAR history that anyone has done that.

“I’m out of breath. I’ve been screaming the whole time,” Busch said after his Cup Series victory. “Normally, you take your time to get your breath back, but I used it all up. Man, I can’t say enough about this team, Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports earlier this week.”

Busch’s sweep is one of the nominees in the category of “Best Move” in this year’s fifth annual SPEED Performance Awards. To vote for this entry or any of the other nominees, click here:

Fans can vote on nine categories, including the RACER Magazine Rookie of the Year. The remaining categories for fan-selected SPEED Performance Awards include Best Move, Biggest Hit, Best Rivalry, Oops, Best Finish, Best Comeback, Temper Temper and Biggest Upset.

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Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for You can follow him online at and e-mail him at Jensen is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of Speed,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Jensen is the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and an NMPA Writer of the Year.