Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Kyle Busch sweeps Phoenix with Cup Series win

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Cassandra Castillo | 14 March, 2019, 21:07

A general view of cars belonging to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Denny Hamlin (11) and Ryan Newman (18) along with the rest of the field prior to the start of the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

This puts Busch in a class of his own to start the 2019 Cup series, as he i the only driver to finish all four races in the top 10 so far this season.

Chase Elliott is starting alongside him in the first row as his Hendrick Motorsports team tries to get on track this season, while Kyle Busch is going for the weekend sweep after his Xfinity win.

Busch will be aiming for his 200th win in NASCAR's top three series next week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. I think they knew what kind of situation I was in.

As happy as Busch was with the win, he also gave himself some grief because it could easily have given him a second straight weekend sweep. "Man, I wish we could have swept last week, too".

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"It definitely was a good weekend after the start of the year we had", Blaney said.

Still, it was a momentum building result for Blaney, who had watched Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski reach victory lane the past two weeks.

Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. "But we'll just take what we got today at ISM Raceway".

Truex finished second while Blaney who led 94 laps settled for third. 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.

In the final segment, Elliott reported a vibration before spinning on the next lap, bringing out a caution. Working his way up from fourth, he stalked Ryan Blaney for over 30 laps before finally making the go-ahead pass on Lap 296. "I was just trying to do everything I could to get it shut off, and yeah, really unfortunate for us today". 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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