Busch captures 52nd career Cup victory with Phoenix win

Busch captures 52nd career Cup victory with Phoenix win

Drivers are set to compete in Sunday's TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

The win was the first in the season for Busch in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and comes just a day after a win in the Xfintiy Series event. The back-to-back wins gave him 199 in NASCAR's top three series, and he'll go for the 200 mark next weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

With the win, Busch joins teammate Denny Hamlin and Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as drivers having won races and securing berths in the season-ending Playoffs. Busch chased down pole-sitter Ryan Blaney over the final green-flag run while the two drivers tried to save enough fuel to reach the end of the race.

Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. Dave Blaney also owns Sharon Speedway in Hartford. "You've got to race hard first and worry about fuel afterwards". "When we got passed for the lead it was just full fuel-save mode".

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For Kyle Busch, he's not anxious about the numbers just yet, he's more interested in dishing out praise for those that helped get him to this point. "It's for everybody else to discuss and talk about and debate over", he said of its importance.

Busch won the second stage before claiming the win. But he never seemed to have much speed in his No. 4 Ford this weekend, spending most of the race hanging around the top 10. He was a nose ahead of Blaney at the line and was given a pass-through penalty, and he spent the rest of the first segment working his way back through the field. He did manage to keep his No. 9 Chevrolet off the fall and wound up 14th. Blaney said his auto drove better over the final run than he expected after his team only changed two tires on the final pit stop.

"As I got on the back straightaway the throttle pedal was gone". He may well accomplish that feat as early as next week, when he will again be racing in both the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity races.

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