Kyle Busch ties Harvick with 8 wins, championship field set

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Both Busch and Elliott had led double-digits laps at ISM and had shots at advancing.

Busch led the next 52 laps before crew chief Billy Scott called him to pit road under caution on Lap 135. Kurt Busch also was penalized early in the race for passing the pace auto. The crash brought out a red flag, 10 and a half minutes.With over 35 laps to go, NASCAR confirmed that Kyle Busch was safe on points, and the Joe Gibbs driver nabbed the lead from his teammate. "It was a boss and his driver, and more so two friends, sitting there having a conversation, saying 'don't let that one mistake and don't let this crash overshadow what you did today as a race auto driver and what you've done all year".

Racing in a knot of cars off Turn 2, Busch was forced wide, and Denny Hamlin knocked Busch's No. 41 Ford into the outside wall.

Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, helping his Mercedes team take the Formula One constructors' title.

"I did think about it", Busch said. I didn't gain anything by doing what I did other than just digging from behind all day. "They've had such a strong year and would've been a real threat down @HomesteadMiami". Thanks to Monster Energy and everybody that put their talent into that 41 vehicle. Just past the 3 hour make of race time, the green flag waved with 12 to go.

"Yeah, don't speed before that and you don't get caught back there in the back", said Elliott, who earlier had won the first stage of the race. "When you're in a situation where you're in a must-win situation like he's in, it's easy to force yourself into a mistake, and he got himself put behind the eight-ball". "I would predict this is the best four, the closest four that have been in our sport in a long time". We could run with those guys.

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"The owner just wanted to go home", said Stewart. But if you stay away from that penalty, you never know.

"Hate it for my race team and those involved today while we were racing for the lead", Hamlin tweeted after the race. He raced his crew chief and vehicle chief, who were suspended for the rest of the season. The hard part is you're sitting there, and at different points in the race you've got different guys that are in position to make that happen and get themselves in there. "The whole year counts". He has a lot of experience at ISM, driving in 31 races there. It pays to win. His Las Vegas victory from earlier this year was disqualified, as was last week's Texas win.

Kevin Harvick was running third with 30 laps to go and was comfortable in the points, but if Aric Almirola won the race, the No. 4 would be eliminated, with Almirola running down Harvick.

The Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway marked the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at the upgraded speedway in Phoenix, Arizona, and the final race in the MENCS Playoffs Round of 8. Once the yellow came back out, Larson pitted to fix a loose wheel, which moved Harvick up to second, and Almirola in third, the favored position of the weekend.The race restarted with 20 to go, but shortly after the caution would come out for Berryhill yet again.

Johnny (Klausmeier) and all these guys fought their guts out and I fought my guts out inside the race vehicle and gave it everything we had. I didn't think we were the best vehicle, but we survived and we did what we needed to do. If Chase won the race, it didn't matter on the points, and that was going to block all four of us out. This is our first year working together. While teams didn't set up cars (or trucks) differently since the 1-mile track was in one sense the same as it was in the spring, drivers tackled it like a whole new speedway.

"I think if there is going to be a hiccup, it's not gonna be on Kevin's part", Logano said.

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