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Busch aiming to compete in all 3 races

SPARTA, Ky. (July 6, 2017) — The only driver attempting to run each of the three races scheduled this week at Kentucky Speedway got off to a fast start Wednesday.

1718HH1050W-mdKyle Busch led final Camping World Truck Series practice with a lap of 180.886 mph in the No. 46 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota and was second behind Grant Enfinger in opening practice.

Qualifying for the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday with the green flag scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Busch said the racing surface, which received an additional surface course layer of asphalt over the offseason, felt similar to last year.

“The guys who groomed the track did a good job,” he said. “It was ready to go right off the bat for us for truck practice. The track’s got a lot of grip.

“We’ll see how wide it gets. It’s not very wide right now. We’ve still got to widen it out.”

A seven-time winner at Kentucky Speedway, including twice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, Busch is looking to duplicate his three-race weekend sweep in August 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

This marks Busch’s fifth attempt at the triple at Kentucky Speedway.

He fell one victory shy of the sweep in 2011. Last year, he finished 30th in the Truck Series race after hitting the wall just 56 laps into the 150-lap race, won the XFINITY Series’ Alsco 300 from the pole and finished 12th in the Cup Series race.

Busch will be driving a No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the XFINITY and Cup series races. He’s still looking for his first Cup victory this season.

Enfinger started his day at the track hosting Cub Scout Pack 832 from Warsaw, Kentucky. The visit helped the Scouts get closer to earning their events badge.

The group was invited to return Thursday to watch the Truck Series race.

Children ages 12 and younger are admitted at no charge for the Truck Series and XFINITY Series races. On Saturday, tickets for children 12 and younger for the Quaker State 400 will be $10.

Enfinger logged 43 laps and posted a fast lap of 182.020 mph. He was 11th in final practice, which also saw rookie Chase Briscoe hit the wall in the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford after blowing a tire.

Briscoe will have to go to a backup truck.