Win tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia at the Roanoke Civic Center. Two winners will each receive four tickets!
Kyle Busch leads the field during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday in Bristol, Tenn.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Kyle Busch found a new way to win Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway - utter domination.
Busch claimed the Food City 250 with an unstoppable effort, leading all but 22 laps to claim his sixth career Nationwide Series victory at the track and extending his Bristol record to 15 wins across the three NASCAR national series.
With the Nationwide win and a Camping World Truck Series victory on Wednesday, Busch will have a chance Saturday in the Sprint Cup showdown to match his unprecedented three-race sweep at Bristol in August 2010.
Brad Keselowski came in second, with Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier placing third and fourth, respectively.
Sam Hornish Jr. entered the race as the Nationwide Series points leader, but a spark plug wire issue left him with a 12th place finish.
Elliott Sadler has had plenty of success at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he turned to the ultimate expert during the Friday morning Nationwide practice session.
Busch, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, lent a pair of helpful hands, jumping in Sadler's No. 11 car and taking a few laps to offer feedback.
"That's what teammates are supposed to do," Sadler said.
Busch said he felt like he was able to give Sadler some helpful advice.
"Yeah," he said. "Just trying to help Sadler get a better feel for what he's got going on. He was frustrated and struggling a little bit getting into the corners, which this place is notorious for that."
As a part-time driver on the Nationwide Series, 20-year-old Joey Gase is not yet a household name.
Gase just missed out on a spot in tonight's Food City 250 as his qualifying run Friday was a tick too slow, but he has gained some national attention for racing for more than just checkered flags each week.
The driver's mom died suddenly in 2011, and Gase made the decision to donate her organs, saving the life of Jordan Shaw, who received a kidney from Mary Jo Gase.
During his time in the Tri-Cities, he partnered with Donate Life Tennessee and Tennessee Donor Services to present David and Barbara Lively of Kingsport with the 2013 Mary Jo Gase Volunteer Appreciation award.
Gase was attempting to make his third start at Bristol. He finished 36th and 31st, respectively, in the two 2012 Nationwide races at the track.
Busch thinking sweep
After claiming Wednesday's Camping World Truck Series race at BMS, Busch is having plenty of flashbacks to 2010.
That August at Bristol, Busch became the first driver to sweep all three national NASCAR series races during the same week.
"Yeah, it means a lot," he said. "It's something that's never been done in the 16 years there's been three series and it hasn't been done in the three years since I did it."
While unabashedly gunning for the "triple double," the normally brash Busch wasn't making any guarantees about his chances Friday afternoon.
"There could be a chance for me to do it again, but this race track's changed so much here that it may not come here, but it can still come at other places," he said.
This is the first time Busch has a shot to duplicate his bring-out-the-broom feat at Bristol. He crashed and finished 30th in the 2011 truck race and did not drive a truck last year at the track.
Call it quite a way to celebrate a 50th birthday.
Veteran Kenny Wallace marked a half-century of living today by getting behind the wheel of the No. 29 Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway.
"I am Happy and overwhelmed that everyone is being so nice to me for my birthday," Wallace posted on Twitter. "Our Car is really good and that's a BIG BONUS."
Wallace began racing in NASCAR in 1988 and has nine Nationwide Series wins to his credit, along with 344 Cup starts.
The Food City 250 will be Wallace's 541st Nationwide race. He last won on the series in 2001 and has a season-best finish of 13th in four 2013 starts.
Wallace has driven in at least one Nationwide race at Bristol in 13 of the past 15 years. He claimed the 1994 Food City 250 for his only NASCAR win at the track.
The Missourian also earned the pole for the 1997 Night Race at the Cup level, but crashed and finished 39th.
Weather JournalStorm track isn't very snowy for us