Kyle Busch sweeps Phoenix

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch 6 times for 177 laps; Ryan Blaney 5 times for 94 laps; Aric Almirola 1 time for 26 laps; Denny Hamlin 4 times for 7 laps; Jimmie Johnson 1 time for 4 laps; Daniel Hemric # 1 time for 4 laps.

Combined with Saturday's win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Phoenix, the Sunday triumph gave Busch the 12th two-race weekend sweep of his career.

Kyle Busch easily could have laid claim to being the top Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver not driving a Team Penske Ford through the first three races of the 2019 season. It also gave him 199 victories over NASCAR's top three series and two straight wins in Arizona as he won at the one-mile oval last November. 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. This makes last weekend so much stupider (in a potential victory spoiled by a pit road speeding penalty). "Ugh", Busch said following the race. "Man I wish we could have swept last week too". It would have been awesome to start out this year two weekend sweeps in a row. Behind him Busch was taking his time and on lap 245 he moved around Dillon to take over third.

To get the victory, Busch had to track down Blaney of Team Penske - who led 95 laps - over the final 50 laps. That was enough to give him the win, as he was able to nurse his auto to the finish before he could be caught from behind. When Blaney went into fuel saving mode it allowed Busch to catch then pass him. Blaney wound up third after starting on the pole, and after having to make two stops during the final caution because of a lugnut that would have come loose.

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"I was kind of riding, trying to save tires and save gas, and they were telling me we were really close on gas", he said. I started to get real tight and I got to lapped cars and I was done. Busch, now on the verge of history, is just one win away from tying Richard Petty for the most wins in NASCAR history with 200. 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.

"It not for me to worry about; it's for everybody else to talk about and discuss and argue over", Busch said. "But for myself and the career that I've had, I've been fortunate to be with a lot of great people, a lot of great sponsors, those that stick around me like Joe Gibbs, M&M Skittles, Snickers, Interstate Batteries that has always been behind me is what it's all about for me".

There was an air of inevitability to Kyle Busch's closing run in Sunday's TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

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