Kurt Busch Chases Historic Charlotte Sweep
Kurt Busch will be pursuing a piece of NASCAR history during Saturday's 600-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Series race.
A third victory for the 2004 series champion would bring him the first full-season Charlotte Motor Speedway sweep in NASCAR history and help him advance from the sixth position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings
Busch's No. 2 Penske Racing machine was finely tuned for the 1.5-mile Charlotte tri-oval in May when he took the All-Star Race title on the 21st and the 600-mile title just nine days later. The marathon victory was his first in 20 career starts at the track where he owns a total of four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 20 starts.
He will make his potentially historic run from the 15th starting position after qualifying for Saturday's tussle with a 190.101-mph (28.406 seconds) lap on Thursday evening.
"It's exciting to come back and have an opportunity to sweep the Charlotte races. It's amazing that nobody's done it. You would've thought that Jimmie Johnson would have three of those by now or Dale (Earnhardt), Sr., or Darrell Waltrip. The boys that have swept the all-star event and 600, there's only been seven of us. I'm one of those guys and I've got the shot at (the three-race sweep) in 2010," Busch said.
He has taken two top-five and a total of three top-10 finishes in his past four Charlotte Motor Speedway races. A third solid performance of the season would not only make history, it would help him erode the 140-point championship deficit that separates him from Chase leader Johnson.
"If we get on a hot streak, get the luck going our way and turn a couple solid runs into brilliant runs, we can do it (contend for this season's championship). Miller Lite said all along that if I win this championship, I can be here for life. So, if I'm running over guys the next couple of weeks, you'll know why."
Six other Sprint Cup drivers who have captured 600-mile and All-Star Race victories at Charlotte in the same season are: Kasey Kahne (2008), Johnson (2003), Jeff Gordon (1997), Earnhardt (1993), Davey Allison (1991) and Waltrip (1985).
Race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., on ABC, Performance Racing Network Radio and Sirius XM Radio 128.
Story by Mike Schmaltz