Kyle Busch had a good weekend. The reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion led a race high 352 laps Sunday at Martinsville Speedway to win the STP 500. The victory came a day after Busch’s win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series on Saturday giving him two of the track’s signature grandfather trophy clocks. Saturday’s win was also his first in his 32nd NASCAR start at NASCAR’s shortest track.
“I’d say it certainly helps when you get to run other divisions and that’s why I do it to pay off on Sundays,” Busch said. “It doesn’t work every single weekend, but it works more times than it doesn’t.”
Busch was in control most of the race and held off a hard charging AJ Allmendinger after a restart with 11 laps to go to win the 35th win of his career and his first of the season. In all Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth were one and two for five restarts Sunday. Each time one car would let the other drop to the bottom and take the lead, but on the final restart Busch restarting on the inside charged ahead and went onto the win. Kenseth meanwhile finished 15th.