It's A Weekend Sweep In Arizona For Kyle Busch

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 13, 2019

For last week's NASCAR DFS, we were in Las Vegas where Joey Logano won the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his 22nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.

The victory was his 52nd in Cup and it gave him a weekend sweep at ISM as he won Saturday's Xfinity Series race.

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After the race, Busch was asked about the significance of winning 200 times in NASCAR. "It's for everyone else to discuss and talk about and argue over and debate".

Kyle Busch took over the lead with 15 laps left and never looked back, winning the TicketGuardian 500 to finish off a weekend sweep of both events at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. "God this makes last weekend feel so much stupider". "Man I wish we could have swept last week too. That would have been pretty awesome to start out this year with two weekend sweeps in a row and three being in my hometown of Vegas". But overall that's a long ways to go." says Busch, " You got to win a lot of races, a lot of years, to be able to tally up that many. Both made it to the finish line with room to spare, though Martin Truex Jr. charged through the field to grab second place after Blaney surrendered the lead and went into serious fuel-saving mode.

Aric Almirola was fourth and Denny Hamlin was fifth, his vehicle also performing better on long green-flag runs.

Busch led 177 of the 312 laps that made up the race, taking his final lead when he passed Ryan Blaney with 16 laps remaining.

Busch, Blaney and most of the rest of the front-running cars pitted for tires and fuel on Lap 221, leaving 91 laps to the finish in a race that featured a projected fuel run of 81 laps.

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Busch slowed his pace in the final laps to save fuel and said afterwards he knew he was close on fuel because of the length of the run, but he had to get by Blaney before he could start saving fuel.

At the end, Truex had moved past Blaney into second place and finished 1.2-seconds back.

After giving up the lead, Blaney fell to third while he saved fuel.

"I knew before we went back green that we were going to be right on the verge", Busch told reporters. I was too free, and I couldn't run anywhere on the track, so I lost a lot of track position early. Just seemed like I could get through there a little bit better. "My vehicle didn't really feel that much worse that run, but once I got back behind those guys, I just really couldn't pass them".

Pole-sitter Blaney started from the pole and led 46 of the first 75 laps to win Stage 1.

Busch, then, won the second stage after staying out during the caution between the two 75-lap stages in the first 150 laps.

"We had a good vehicle, but we're just not quite as good as we need to be", Almirola said.

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