Kyle Busch completed a two-race sweep of ISM [formerly Phoenix International] Raceway on Sunday, following up his Saturday win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race there with a win in the Ticket Guardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
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).
It was the second stage win of the season for Blaney, who is trying to give Team Penske its third straight victory in the series.More news: Google uses its AI expertise to help the blind explore their surroundings
Martin Truex Jr. took runner-up honors after passing Blaney for second with four laps remaining.
Busch can reach his stated goal of 200 combined victories next weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., where he will race in both the Xfinity and Cup events.
After giving up the lead, Blaney fell to third while he saved fuel.More news: Jefferson County reporting first case of measles
"It definitely was a good weekend after the start of the year we had", Blaney said. "So, yeah, to come away with a sixth is nice after the last couple of weeks we've had of just making mistakes, and even this week, we made a big mistake in qualifying, but thankfully, we were able to work through it". Additionally, he's the only driver with three top fives this season as well. "This is what we deserve".
But Truex was running very close to empty, so he had to save fuel. I want to say thanks to iK9.
"It was a clean day for us, so I was happy about that", Larson said. But overall that's a long ways to go." says Busch, " You got to win a lot of races, a lot of years, to be able to tally up that many.More news: China blocks move to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist at UN
Nine-time Phoenix victor Kevin Harvick drove to ninth place after an extra pit stop on Lap 234 for tires and fuel. But he never seemed to have much speed in his No. 4 Ford this weekend, spending most of the race hanging around the top 10. He was a nose ahead of Blaney at the line and was given a pass-through penalty, and he spent the rest of the first segment working his way back through the field. He did manage to keep his No. 9 Chevrolet off the fall and wound up 14th. We worked on our balance throughout the race, tried to free it up and got too free and, then, had to go back on changes to tighten us back up. "I was just wide open", McDowell said. "When we got passed for the lead it was just full fuel-save mode". The duo raced side-by-side, with Bell retaking the lead on lap 58 before Busch regained the top spot on lap 59 and held the point for 11 laps.