Sunday, March 3, 2019

PixelatedPICK: Going for the Sweep in Vegas

With an astounding 197 wins across NASCAR national series competition, Kyle Busch is looking to achieve yet another triple win weekend, this time in Las Vegas. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

By: Daniel Vining, Twitter @danielvining

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 3, 2019) -- When you combine the raw talent, overall success, the new aero package, and the pure results over the last few seasons, this week's PixelatedPICK is almost a given.

In my mind, and the minds of many bookies in Las Vegas, Kyle Busch is the odds on favorite to win the Pennzoil 400 on Sunday.

Last week, Busch scored a record setting victory at Atlanta, becoming the all time wins leader in the NASCAR Truck Series after securing his 52nd career win. On Friday, Busch continued to add to that total with a dominant performance at Las Vegas, sweeping both stages en route to winning the Strat 200, his 53rd career Truck Series victory.

“It’s cool to win here in your hometown, being in Las Vegas, starting off a triple weekend,” said Busch. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”

Busch would keep it going, continuing his push for the weekend sweep by winning the Boyd Gaming 300, his 93rd career win in the Xfinity Series.

Busch had to overcome being a lap down early after a loose wheel sent him to pit road. It took awhile for Busch to get his lap back, and find the top spot. Once in the lead, Busch battled hard with Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick, then had to defend against multiple overtime attempts, before narrowly edging out John Hunter Nemechek to score his 197th NASCAR victory (across all three series)

“I thought this would be the toughest of the three,” Busch said from Victory Lane after Saturday’s Xfinity Series event. “We had a fast race car but we could never get the balance even in the race right there. I was either way too tight or way too loose, I could never find a happy medium. Overall, I feel like the Cup car is pretty good. The M&M’s Chocolate Bar Camry got some speed to it as well and we ran a lot out there in traffic and the pack. So it will be interesting tomorrow.”

The new aero package being used in the NASCAR Cup Series has produced what looks to be a combination of the styles of racing seen in both the Truck Series and Xfinity Series. On throttle time has increased, and the draft plays a greater role than ever before on intermediate race tracks. I think this style of racing really suits Kyle Busch’s style and will play a huge factor in his journey to sweeping the weekend.

Sweeping races in NASCAR weekends is nothing new. Busch won all three races at Bristol, twice… in 2010 and 2017, and has done the double sweep on several occasions, winning a combo of Truck/Xfinity, Truck/Cup, Xfinity/Cup. Now, Busch has the opportunity to pick up his third triple-sweep, this time at his hometrack, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“Overall, I feel like our Cup car is pretty good. The car has some speed. We ran a lot out there in the pack and in traffic, and it’s going to be an interesting race (on Sunday). Make sure everybody tunes in.”

The PixelatedPICK is a featured column of PixelatedSPEED showcasing the pick to win the race of the week. Usually centered on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the PixelatedPICK may also feature special events throughout the racing world. Readers are encouraged to share who they think will will the race in the comments section!

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