Kyle Busch Wins NNS Race; Moves In On Desert Sweep
Kyle Busch won the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night, giving himself a shot at earning a NASCAR weekend sweep.
Busch, who won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race, can complete the three-race sweep with a victory in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race.
In the Nationwide race, Busch led every one of the 200 laps in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota– technically at least.
Over the final 20 laps, Carl Edwards was able to get a nose past Busch but could not complete the passes before the two cars hit the start/finish line.
Edwards finally finished second, a half second back in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
“He was loose,” Edwards said of Busch. “He did a really good job.
“I think I owed him one little bump (from last season). I thought about taking it.”
But, Edwards said, it’s a new year so he let Busch go.
“It was clean and it was fun,” Edwards said.
Busch said, “There at the end, I got kind of worried. The first person I got to thank is Carl Edwards” for not forcing a wreck.
Kevin Harvick finished third.
Ryan Newman was fourth and Reed Sorenson, a full-time NNS driver, was fifth. Sorenson left PIR with the points lead.
Should Busch complete the sweep, it would be the second time it has been done in NASCAR. The first time came last year at Bristol and the sweeper was Kyle Busch.
Defending champion Brad Keselowski had a second straight disappointing race. Keselowski, who DNF’d last Saturday at Daytona, blew a tire and slammed into the front stretch wall with 95 laps to go at Phoenix.
Also finding the wall was Trevor Bayne, the winner of last weekend’s Daytona 500. Bayne also blew a tire to send him into the wall. He was running seventh at the time.
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