Busch followed his dominant win Friday night in the Truck Series with another stellar run in Nationwide. He led 124 of 200 laps for his 66th career victory in NASCAR’s second-tier series. He has 134 wins spread over NASCAR’s three major series.
Busch had a three-race sweep in 2010 at Bristol. He’ll start second behind pole-winner Brad Keselowski on Sunday in the Sprint Cup race.
“We unloaded fast and I think we’ll be OK tomorrow,” Busch said.
Trevor Bayne was second, followed by Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott. Logano, the pole winner, had won the last four Nationwide races at Dover and would have tied a Nationwide record for consecutive wins at the same track with a victory.
But this one belonged to Busch. The only driver to sweep a weekend, Busch has been in this position before, but is just 1 for 8 in Cup races after winning the first two.
INDYCAR SERIES: In Detroit, Will Power won the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix.
Power finished 0.3308 seconds ahead of Graham Rahal on the bumpy, 13-turn, 2.36 mile street circuit on Belle Isle.
Simon Pagenaud and Mike Conway each finished first in one of last year’s races on Belle Isle and both lost their shot to win early Saturday.
Pagenaud damaged his front left suspension when he ran into the back of Power, leading to a yellow. Conway did not have any one around him when he appeared to understeer into a wall on Lap 15, putting the race under caution.
Both will get another shot to repeat at the Detroit Grand Prix today as part of IndyCar’s first of three doubleheaders this season.