- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 7, 2008

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) | Hiding behind his sunglasses on a cloudy day, Kyle Busch appeared totally relaxed as he prepared to make NASCAR history.

Busch set out Friday to become the first driver to race in all three of NASCAR’s national series at three different tracks, a cross-country trifecta that started with practice and qualifying at Pocono Raceway before hustling off to Texas Motor Speedway for the Truck Series race.

Then he’s scheduled to head back Pocono for another round of practice in his Sprint Cup car, a trip to Nashville on Saturday for the Nationwide Series race and finally back to Pocono for the Cup race Sunday.

Asked whether he was excited about the triple or enticed by the opportunity to become the first driver to pull it off, Busch answered both “not really.”

For Busch, it’s all about the action and the chance to collect three different trophies.

“I just like to race. That’s what it’s all about,” Busch said. “I don’t need to test myself. I don’t have anything to prove. I’m just out there trying to race races and win races.”

So after qualifying his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10th for Sunday’s race, Busch raced off to a waiting helicopter to begin his trek to Texas, where he finished second Friday night driving for owner Billy Ballew.

While he downplayed his impending journey, the rest of the garage marveled at his efforts.

“I got to hand it to Kyle - he loves driving the race cars, and he’s having a great season and winning a lot races,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “If I was him, that would be a great motivator to keep doing it. But the logistics of a deal like this has got to be tough.

“I think it’s says a lot about what kind of racer he is. He’s pretty [darn] dedicated.”

Plenty of drivers have raced at two different tracks on the same weekend, and a handful will do it Saturday when Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Jason Leffler, David Ragan and David Reutimann travel to Nashville after Cup practice to run the Nationwide Series race.



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