AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway within the Arizona barren region. Just like he almost did the final week at Las Vegas. Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long inexperienced-flag run earlier than passing his Team Penske rival for the lead with 16 laps to head, then made his gas and tires remaining to the checkered flag to add a victory inside the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday to his triumph inside the Xfinity Series race.
“We were going to be proper on the verge,” Busch said. “You have to go hard first and worry approximately fuel afterward. After I got Blaney, I become capable of the shop a touch bit and contend with my tires for the rest of the lapped site visitors I needed to get thru.” Busch’s latest massive weekend offers him 199 wins in NASCAR’s pinnacle three series, along with 52 at the Cup degree. He will cross for the two hundred milestones following weekend at Auto Club Speedway in California. “It’s now not for me to fear approximately. It’s for anybody else to talk about and communicate approximately and debate over,” he stated of its importance. “But for myself and the view I’ve had, I’ve been fortunate to be around a whole lot of excellent human beings and a variety of first-rate sponsors.” Busch additionally won the Xfinity race closing weekend at Las Vegas, and he could have hit the 200-mark on Sunday if now not for a rushing penalty inside the Cup Series race that left him with a 3rd-place end. Even after victory outside Phoenix, Busch changed into still ruing what could have been. “This makes ultimate weekend since so much stupider,” he said.
“I wish we would have swept the final weekend, too, with weekend sweeps in a row. But we’ll take what we got these days.” Martin Truex Jr. Additionally got around Blaney to complete second, taking benefit of a No. 19 automobile that kept getting higher on longer runs. Blaney wound up 1/3 after starting on the pole, and after having to make stops throughout the final warning because of a lugnut that would have come loose. “I changed into sort of driving, trying to shop tires, seeking to store fuel,” stated Blaney, who opted for two tires and track role on his very last forestall. “I suppose (Busch) turned into a form of riding again there, too. He knew what state of affairs I become in. I commenced to get actual tight, and we were given to lapped motors, and I was executed.” Still, it was a momentum constructing result for Blaney, who had watched Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski attain victory lane the past two weeks. Blaney has been out of doors the top 20 in each of his first three races this season. “It sincerely becomes an excellent weekend after the begin of the 12 months we had,” Blaney stated. “A good day, the day we needed. We’ve been poised to have days like this and contend for wins, and it simply hasn’t happened this year. This is what we deserve.”