July 10, 2011 in Sports

Busch crams in busy racing week

 

If you called Kyle Busch a glutton for racing action, you’d be right. 

It’s not enough that Busch is running races in each of NASCAR’s three touring series this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Today, he’ll make his annual pilgrimage to Slinger Speedway in Wisconsin to compete in the Slinger Nationals Super Late Model event. 

Winning that race, one of the crown jewels of Super Late Model competition, is something that has been on Busch’s bucket list for years. 

He’ll race at Slinger after a grueling four-day session at Kentucky Speedway, where the long weekend started on Wednesday with two hours of Camping World Truck Series practice at the 1.5-mile track. Thursday brought nearly six hours of Sprint Cup practice, along with 75 minutes of Nationwide Series practice, truck series qualifying and a truck race. 

Busch won the truck race after starting from the rear because he missed the drivers’ meeting, thanks to a Cup practice session that ran right up to the drivers’ meeting start time. 

On Friday, the schedule called for more Cup practice, Nationwide and Cup qualifying (the latter washed out by a pop-up shower) and a Nationwide race, in which Busch started from the rear (having wrecked during qualifying) and finished third. 

Saturday was a light day. The only racing on tap was a 267-lap Cup race, which he won.

IndyCar

Will Power will defend his title at the Honda Indy Toronto from the pole position.

Power posted a lap of 59.577 seconds on the 1.75-mile road course at Exhibition Place.

Scott Dixon will start second after turning a lap of 59.665 and Dario Franchitti is in the third position, clocking 59.900 in qualifying.

Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Quebec, was the top Canadian and will start in ninth place. Toronto rookie James Hinchcliffe finished 13th. Danica Patrick will start 21st.

The race is scheduled for today.

Franchitti leads the IndyCar championship with 303 points, 20 more than his rival Power and 73 more than Dixon.

Formula One

Red Bull driver Mark Webber edged out teammate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the second time this season to secure pole position for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, amid a row about aerodynamic improvements.

Chasing his second consecutive victory at Silverstone, Webber clocked 1 minute, 30.399 seconds to top Vettel, who timed 1:30.431 in light showers.


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