Kyle Busch sweeps Phoenix with Cup Series win

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2019

"If I'm allowed to race, I'm going to enter a race and try to go out there and win", said Busch, whose victories at Las Vegas and now this weekend give him 198 in NASCAR's top three series.

With 19 wins, Truex has captured back-to-back victories at the same track three times in his Cup career: he took the checkered flag in both races at Kansas Speedway in 2017, at Chicago (2016 and 2017) and Kentucky (2017 and 2018).

"This Skittles Camry was awesome today", Busch said.

"We worked on this iK9 Toyota Supra all day. Just kept trying to fine tune it and make it better and better each and every time".

Busch made his move following a restart on Lap 239 of the 312-lap race.

"We knew the 12 [Blaney] was really really fast". "I wish we would have swept last weekend, too, with two weekend sweeps in a row". Obviously, we're doing a lot of those things these days.

Ryan Truex finished second in his first start of the season. But both managed to get to the finish without coming seriously close to running dry, though Blaney had to make an effort to save fuel in order to do so.

"The vehicle was really fast there at the end", Truex said. "Just a good day, overall, for our Bass Pro Camry". Mike Harmon's crew chief was also fined. "James (Small, engineer) and all the guys, we're starting to click".

Despite the success, Busch remains adamant that he still has more to prove, going out to even set himself a lofty goal of getting to 100 Cup wins before he retires. Two second places is pretty decent. We'll just keep chipping away at it. Blaney said his auto drove better over the final run than he expected after his team only changed two tires on the final pit stop.

"It definitely was a good weekend after the start of the year we had", Blaney said. "I think (Busch) was kind of riding back there, too". "You got to go race hard first and then you have to worry about fuel afterwards". It was a good call to take two tires. I hate it that he got caught up in that mess behind us and we weren't able to race it out there at the end. I'm proud of this team.

In last year's Cup race at the high-speed 2-mile speedway, Truex sat on the pole, led 125 of 200 laps and had the largest winning margin (11.6 seconds) in any race of the season. As a result, he retook the lead. Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin completed the Top 5. "We still have work to do, but I'm really proud of everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing". That would certainly put us up there with the top guys, being one of the best of the best.

"We got the vehicle pretty good".

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