Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NEWSMAKER: KYLE BUSCH; Driver Looks Back at His Bid for Triple

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NEWSMAKER: KYLE BUSCH; Driver Looks Back at His Bid for Triple

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Kyle Busch became the first driver in NASCAR history to win two national touring races - the Camping World Truck and Nationwide series - in the same day last Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.

His attempt to win three came up short on Sunday with a third-place finish in the Sprint Cup Series race. Busch talked about his attempt to win all three series in the same weekend and his job at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Were you satisfied with a third-place finish on Sunday?

It was a good run for us. ... We started out [running] sixth to 10th and worked our way up there. Got up to fifth, then got up to fourth, and finally there we ended up third. It was a real good solid run for us. I just wish we were a little bit better. Those two up front [winner Matt Kenseth and second-place Jeff Gordon], it looked awfully familiar to what we did [Saturday] with those guys just checking out. I know what it feels like to be that far behind and finish third, that's for sure.

So, it was a good weekend?

It was a great weekend. We had a great run there. We wish we could have been a little bit better, but a third-place finish isn't too bad. We'll take that. All the guys on the team did a great job working all weekend, trying to get it there for me. ... You know we wanted to win that thing and get the triple, but we just ended up tick short.

Did you ever think you could win Sunday?

No. I felt like we got to third, if I could ever challenge those guys, then maybe. But I couldn't even challenge them. I couldn't keep up with the 17 [Kenseth] and the 24 [Gordon] on that last run. Never thought it was a winning car. Felt like if I could just bide my time right there, I could finish third, just try to protect a third-place finish. I had the best seat in the house for that battle. It was pretty cool to see those guys racing like that. It was a good show for the fans.

What are the challenges of trying to win three races in the same weekend?

It's never been done before, so it's definitely a challenge. …

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