Kyle Busch in Class Alone To Start 2019 After Phoenix Sweep

Aubrey Yates
March 14, 2019

Following Sunday's victory at ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Busch can now lay claim to being the series' top driver.

Kyle Busch won the Ticket Guardian 500 from ISM Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The victory was his 52nd in Cup and it gave him a weekend sweep at ISM as he won Saturday's Xfinity Series race. 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.

There would be no such mistakes this time around, as Busch earned the 12th two-race sweep of his career. "It's for everybody else to discuss and talk about and argue over and debate." says Busch. A year ago we gave it a shot with eight. It would have been awesome to start out this year two weekend sweeps in a row.

Busch, who led a race-high 177 laps, passed Ryan Blaney with just over a dozen laps remaining for the winning move at the TicketGuardian 500. That was enough to give him the win, as he was able to nurse his auto to the finish before he could be caught from behind. He made the pass for the lead with 16 laps to go, adeptly managed his depleted fuel cell and then drove to the victory.

After giving up the lead, Blaney fell to third while he saved fuel.

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While Busch had to conserve fuel in the closing laps, he was able to hold off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr., who finished second.

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

"I knew before we went back green that we were going to be right on the verge", Busch told reporters. "Once I got to Blaney, I was able to save a little bit".

For Kyle Busch, he's not anxious about the numbers just yet, he's more interested in dishing out praise for those that helped get him to this point. 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.

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.

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