Anyone attempting to keep up with Kyle Busch this weekend better be in good shape.
Busch is planning an unprecedented "triple": racing at three different venues in 3 days. Busch's travels will take him from Pocono Raceway to Texas, back to Pocono, then to Nashville and back to Pocono.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader will begin the hectic weekend today with qualifying for Sunday's Pocono 500. Weather permitting, qualifying begins at 3:40 p.m.
Then Busch will climb aboard a helicopter that will hustle him to the Wilkes-Barre Airport. He will fly on a private jet to Fort Worth, Texas, where he's scheduled to race in tonight's Craftsman Truck Series event (8:30, Speed Channel).
Then it's back to Pocono for tomorrow's Cup series practice. He will be off to Nashville for the Nationwide Series race (7 p.m., ESPN2). Following that race, he will return to Pocono.
All in a weekend's work, right?
"You want to get out there and race," Busch said on a Wednesday conference call. "When we're sitting in the motor home watching the truck race Friday night, wondering why we're not there [you're thinking] when you're a racer, you want to be there.
"We're going to help support [team owner] Billy Ballew and his quest for a [truck] championship. He's been around for a few years and has never really had the opportunity to go after [a championship]."
Busch has two wins in six truck races. He's 16th in points.
In the Nationwide series, he has four wins and is second in points.
As if Busch's week wasn't busy enough, on Wednesday night he joined 17 Cup series rivals in the "Prelude to the Dream" late model dirt race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Busch finished 10th. Tony Stewart, who owns the speedway, won the race.
Last weekend, Busch raced in three events at Dover International Speedway. He won the Sprint Cup race at the Delaware track after finishing 27th in the truck event and 28th in the Nationwide race.
Oh, brother . . .
Bobby Allison's near-fatal, career-ending accident occurred at Pocono 20 years ago. For years, Allison, one of NASCAR's greatest racers, couldn't remember anything about Pocono or any racing that year. Earlier in 1988, Allison, then 50, won the Daytona 500. His son, Davey, finished second.
Last weekend at Dover, Allison said he remembers a little bit about the drivers meeting before the Pocono race.
"The week before a guy spun me at Riverside [Calif.] in the last race ever there," Allison recalled. "I was pretty close to the front. I stayed mad all week long."
When NASCAR official Dick Beaty asked for questions during the drivers meeting at Pocono, Allison asked, "What should a guy do if some [jerk] spins you out?"
Before Beaty could answer, Michael Waltrip yelled, "I'm not the [jerk], I'm just his brother."
The spinner was Waltrip's older brother Darrell.
Allison and Darrell Waltrip are tied for third on the Cup series all-time winning list (84 each).
Previously, Allison remembers landing a plane on Pocono's front straightaway prior to testing an Indy car for Roger Penske.
"It wasn't 100 percent illegal back then," Allison said. "Maybe 80 percent, but now it's 100 percent."
ARCA at Pocono
Tomorrow's 1 p.m. ARCA series race at Pocono will include Cup series rookie Dario Franchitti; Scott Speed, the ex-Formula One driver who won the Craftsman Truck Series race a week ago at Dover; Tom Hessert, from Cherry Hill, N.J.; and Chase Mattioli, grandson of Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli. The Mattiolis have guided Pocono Raceway from its inception.
Hessert is fourth in the ARCA points standings.
Qualifying for the ARCA race starts today at 1:45 p.m. *
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