Any time a significantly historic achievement is made in the world of competitive sport, I like to know about it and find out more of the details, and such an event took place this past weekend in NASCAR.

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Polarizing driver Kyle Busch made history when he became the first driver ever to compete and win all three series’ races in a given weekend.

If you’re like me, the first time you hear that last fact, you’re likely to be a little confused.  Now that I’ve done a little research and tapped into some of my NASCAR-savvy contacts, let me shed a little light on how significant that is.

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Three of the main types of automobile racing include the Sprint Cup series (which most people equate to NASCAR, with the typical 500 lap races including the Daytona 500), the Nationwide series (typically featuring 250 lap races) and a Truck series.

“There’s a NASCAR series where they race trucks?”

I’m as surprised as you are.

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Actually, I saw something about that a couple years ago, but I hadn’t heard much of anything since.  I shouldn’t be surprised, though.  Trucks are built to haul things, and if there’s nothing in the bed of the truck and nothing on the trailer hitch, the only thing it’s going to be hauling is ass.

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While I have it on good authority that at least a half-dozen guys run in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series (a change from historical trends of drivers only running the Nationwide series until they caught on with a team in the Sprint Cup), but it’s rare for someone to run both of those series AND compete in the Truck events.  For one driver to win a race for each of the three series for a given track in a weekend?  That’s incredible.  A driver would have to know the track and understand both the strengths and weaknesses of the gear his automobile is outfitted with, taking that knowledge and directing it accordingly into how he drives each of those races.

From what I’ve heard, people shouldn’t be too surprised that Kyle Busch was the first to accomplish this feat.  He is known to have great vision on the track, with some describing it as if he is almost working the race from outside his car, fitting into positions on the track where he’d need precise movements to avoid impact with other drivers.  He also has a reputation for demanding perfection from his crew, knowing the outcome he expects and letting his team know his displeasure if he doesn’t get what he wants.

Among NASCAR fans, Kyle Busch is a very polarizing figure, so he might not always get the respect he deserves.  Because of his perceived tendency “to act like a spoiled little brat when things don’t go his way” and throw “hissy fits” on occasion, many fans choose to consider him the villain of a given race, often cheering when he gets passed or bumped out of the way.  Many in the NASCAR industry and news-media are likely to share the negative view of Busch, as some claim that he belittles and berates his crew over things which some might consider minor concerns, and there have been instances where the way he has acted towards fans and the media would be construed by some as particularly rude and potentially petulant.  Despite that, he has a solid following of loyal fans who either don’t see the negativity, refuse its existence or look past it to see his talent.  One thing is for sure, he’s certainly a polarizing figure, with the only individuals who have an apathetic view towards him are those who don’t seem to be particularly interested in individual NASCAR drivers.

If you aren’t currently a fan of NASCAR, Kyle Busch might very well be a driver you’d want to look at to start with, deciding whether to cheer for him or put your hopes in someone keeping him from the checkered flag.  It appears that you’ll have three different race series in which to view what he brings to the racetrack, and he’s potentially likely to win a given race on any of the three.

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