Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kyle Busch completes weekend sweep

Kyle Busch completes weekend sweep

Ryan Blaney is trying to continue Roger Penske's dominance of the NASCAR Cup Series from the pole Sunday at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.

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. 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.

Martin Truex Jr. also got around Blaney to finish second, taking advantage of a No. 19 auto that kept getting better on longer runs.

Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. The additional 750 horsepower combined with more downforce has created more speed, but it has also made passing hard and that could mean restarts are crucial. But it's worth noting that Petty earned all of his wins on the Cup Series, which may be why Busch himself even seems to be downplaying the significance of his achievements.

Blaney said hopes to him to give Penske three straight wins came up a couple gallons short.

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"That's not for me to worry about, it's for everyone else to discuss and talk about", Busch said. "Kyle has the determination and drive that is very unusual".

Pole-sitter Blaney started from the pole and led 46 of the first 75 laps to win Stage 1.

In the final segment, Elliott reported a vibration before spinning on the next lap, bringing out a caution.

Michael McDowell's weekend began with a qualifying scuffle with Daniel Suarez, and it ended early in the final stage when teammate David Ragan knocked him from behind and he ended up in the wall. "I think he was kind of riding back there, too".

Kyle Busch had to back off the throttle in the late stages at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, but he had just enough fuel to grab his first victory of 2019. Working his way up from fourth, he stalked Ryan Blaney for over 30 laps before finally making the go-ahead pass on Lap 296.


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