AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in the Arizona desert.
Just like he nearly did last week at Las Vegas.
Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long green-flag run before passing for the lead with 16 laps to go, then made his fuel and tires last to the checkered flag to add a victory in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series on Sunday to his triumph in the Xfinity Series race.
“We were going to be right on the verge,” Busch said. “You have to go hard first and worry about fuel afterwards. After I got Blaney, I was able to save a little bit and take care of my tires for the rest of the lapped traffic I had to get through.”
Busch’s latest big weekend gives him 199 victories in NASCAR’s top three series, including 52 at the Cup level. He will go for the 200 milestone next weekend at Auto Club Speedway in California.
“It’s not for me to worry about. It’s for everybody else to discuss and talk about and debate over,” he said of its importance. “By for myself and the view I’ve had, I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of great people and a lot of great sponsors.”
Busch also won the Xfinity race last weekend at Las Vegas, and he would have hit the 200-mark on Sunday if not for a speeding penalty in the Cup Series race that left him with a third-place finish.
Even after victory outside Phoenix, Busch was still ruing what might have been.
“This makes last weekend feel so much stupider,” he said.
Martin Truex Jr. also got around Blaney for second. Blaney, the pole-sitter, took third after having to make two stops during the final caution because of a lugnut that would have come loose.