BRISTOL, Tenn. — It’s Bristol Motor Speedway and Kyle Busch practically owns the place.

Busch swept the weekend for the second time in his career by winning the Cup Series race Saturday night. He also won in the Truck Series race on Wednesday night and the Xfinity Series race on Friday night. He’s the only driver to pull off the sweep, and he also did it in 2010.

Busch got his 40th victory in the Cup Series, winning at Bristol for the second time this season and sixth time in his Cup career. All told, he’s won 20 times across NASCAR’s national series at the Tennessee bullring.

Erik Jones settled for second place, a spot short of what the rookie believes he needs to earn himself a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth were third and fourth as Joe Gibbs Racing took the win and two other spots inside the top four, while all four drivers were in Toyotas.

INDYCAR: Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato was the last driver waiting to make his qualifying run at Pocono Raceway when teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car slammed into the wall.

Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indy 500 champ, needed help out of his car and was transported to a hospital. Sato was worried for his friend, and the wreck put a tinge of unease into his mind.


“It made me nervous,” Sato said. “What happened to him is what could happen to me, too.”

With his teammate on his mind, Sato posted an average of 219.639 mph to win the pole for Sunday’s race. It’s the second pole of the year for Sato, who became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Sato’s pole was the highlight of an uneasy qualifying session for team owner Michael Andretti.

Hunter-Reay, who topped the speed chart in the morning’s practice, lost control of his No. 28 Honda late in qualifying. The left side of the Honda slammed into the protective soft wall, and the car shot down the track and hit the inside wall. Hunter-Reay, whose last IndyCar win was at Pocono in 2015, had trouble putting weight on his legs, complained of pain in his hips and was helped to an ambulance.

Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indy 500 winner, also was involved in a violent wreck as he chases his first career IndyCar championship. Castroneves is the points leader, with a seven-point advantage over Josef Newgarden with just four races left this season.

Ed Carpenter did not qualify because he also was involved in a big wreck in practice.

Newgarden, who will start 14th in Sunday’s 500-mile race, has won the last two IndyCar races.

Simon Pagenaud, fourth in the points standings, joined Sato on the front row.

“We need to run around in the front all day and be there to strike at the end,” Pagenaud said. “There’s also the fact that we’re playing for a championship here, so we have to be smart at the end.”

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