Busy ‘doubleheader’ racing weekend for Busch

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 1:00am

Kyle Busch is attempting to do what no driver has done in NASCAR history — win championships in the two top series in the same season — and that will make for a busy weekend.

Busch will run Saturday night’s Nationwide race at Nashville Superspeedway, then immediately jet to Pocono, Pa., where he will compete in Sunday’s Sprint Cup feature.

Carl Edwards, hovering a close second to Busch in the standings, also will run the Nashville-Pocono doubleheader.

“I love to race,” says Busch, who has three wins in 12 Nationwide starts this season. “So running two races in one weekend isn’t work — it’s simply doubling my fun.”

Busch is sixth in the premier Sprint Cup standings, 219 points behind leader Tony Stewart.

He finished second to rookie Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano in the Superspeedway’s first Nationwide race on April 11, and wasn’t happy being runner-up. The 24-year-old Las Vegas native has earned a reputation for both his talent and his temper.

Busch made news recently by taking verbal shots at Dale Earnhardt Jr. who replaced him at Hendrick Motorsports. Referring to Earnhardt’s unparalleled popularity — despite his lackluster racing results — Busch said, “He sells T-shirts; I’d rather win races.”

Busch will skip Friday’s practice session at the Gladeville track to concentrate on his Cup car at Pocono. Jeremy Clements will practice and set up the car and have it ready for Busch when he flies in for Saturday’s 1:35 p.m. qualifying.

The race will be televised, starting at 6:30 on ESPN2.

Jason Keller, who drives for Nashville-based Baker Curb racing, is sixth in the standings as he tries to net the second-year team its first victory. Nashville’s Casey Atwood also is entered, driving for Goodlettsville’s Wayne Day Racing.

Tickets will be on sale at the gates up to race time. For information call 1-866-RACE-TIX or visit nashvillesuperspeedway.com