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All 3 Nascar Series at Bristol This Week

Kyle Busch celebrating his win last March at Bristol Motor Speedway (Getty Images)

All three of NASCAR’s top series are in “Thunder Valley” this week under the lights at the half-mile, high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway.   Kevin Harvick won his third straight Truck Series race Wednesday night at Bristol.  Tonight the Nationwide Series takes the green flag and Sprint Cup runs tomorrow night.

Kyle Busch has figured out Bristol so well lately that no one has been able to beat him until Harvick won
Wednesday night in the truck race.  Up until then Harvick had won five straight races there.

Last year, Busch became the first driver to win a Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series race at the same track in the same week.  Then he continued winning in March by taking the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races.

After winning last Sunday at Michigan, Busch became the first driver to clinch a spot in the 12-driver field for the Sprint Cup championship.  After Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond are the only two races left before the Chase begins.

Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch all can join Kyle Busch in the championship field this weekend.

Kurt Busch and Gordon have each have won five times at Bristol and that’s the most among active drivers.

Who’s the hottest driver right now?  You might have to consider Brad Keselowski. Is it the broken ankle?  Since he was hurt testing at Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, Keselowski has climbed from 21st to 12th in points with a win at Pocono, a second place finish at Watkins Glen and then third at his home track in Michigan.  He has two victories this season and that gives him the first wild card spot in the Chase field.

Kyle Busch will be driving this weekend on the racetrack at Bristol but he won’t be allowed to drive on
any public road for the next 45 days.  He had his license revoked and was fined $1000 for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone in Iredell Cunty, North Carolina in May.  Busch has also agreed to sponsor 10 driving schools that will benefit 300 teenage drivers.

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