Kyle Busch in Class Alone To Start 2019 After Phoenix Sweep

Kyle Busch in Class Alone To Start 2019 After Phoenix Sweep”

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 MoneyLion Ford, races during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway on March 9, 2019 in Avondale, Arizona.

Busch led 177 of the 312 laps, but he was running behind Ryan Blaney after their final pit stop.

Entering turn three on the next lap Busch pulled clear of Blaney and quickly pulled away to his 52nd Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory and the 199th victory of his NASCAR National series career.

Kyle Busch swept the Nascar weekend in Phoenix.

Busch used a run on the high side in turns one and two to build momentum down the backstretch, allowing him to drive to Blaney's inside entering turn three. 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.

Blaney, who started from the pole and won the first stage, made quick work of Dillon for second and with 61 laps left he dispatched Almirola to take the lead.

"You've got to race hard first, and then you got to worry about fuel afterwards", he said of the final laps.

"I was kind of riding, trying to save tires, trying to save gas", said Blaney, who opted for two tires and track position on his final stop. We're a little bit off on Fridays, and that's getting us behind, but I feel like each weekend as the weekend goes, we're getting a little strong and a little stronger. "Man I wish we could have swept last week too". The drivers head to California this weekend.

"It's not for me to worry about", Busch said of hitting 200 wins. "It's for everybody else to discuss and talk about and argue over and debate." says Busch. "For myself and the career that I've had, I've been fortunate to be around a lot of top people and a lot of great sponsors". But it's worth noting that Petty earned all of his wins on the Cup Series, which may be why Busch himself even seems to be downplaying the significance of his achievements. We have a great race team, and we'll continue to improve on what we've got, so we'll just keep working. I'm not quite as good as Jeff Gordon any more with being able to win 10 races a year or 13 races a year. I don't know if those details will happen that much any more. Aric Almirola was fourth and Denny Hamlin was fifth. Jimmie Johnson came home eighth for his second top 10 and best result of the season.

Kevin Harvick had won four of the past five spring races at ISM Raceway, and his nine total Cup Series wins at the mile-long speedway are a record.

Will Joey Logano make it two wins in a row following last week's triumph in Las Vegas?

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