Kyle Busch completes weekend swept in Arizona desert

Kyle Busch NASCAR Phoenix

Kyle Busch NASCAR Phoenix

Still, he was able to get past fourth-place finisher Aric Almirola and third-place finisher Ryan Blaney in the closing laps to end up behind Busch.

Last weekend in Las Vegas, Busch won both the Truck Series and Xfinity races to set up the potential for a rare three-race sweep - a feat only he has accomplished, doing so twice at Bristol during his career.

Not only did Truex finish a close second to race victor and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch on Sunday, he makes his return to Auto Club Speedway this weekend.

Both Busch and Blaney had pitted on Lap 221, putting them in a precarious position, as their fuel tanks weren't projected to last until the end of the race.

Martin Truex Jr. also got around Blaney to finish second, taking advantage of a No. 19 vehicle that kept getting better on longer runs. "You've got to race hard first and worry about fuel afterwards".

"This makes last weekend feel so much stupider", he said. If I win, we win. The drivers head to California this weekend.

Busch is now close to hitting the magic number of 200 NASCAR victories, which would tie him with Richard Petty for the most ever.

"This Skittles Camry was awesome today", Busch said. "It's for everybody else to discuss and talk about and debate over", he said of its importance. "But for myself and the view I've had, I've been fortunate to be around a lot of great people and a lot of great sponsors".

"To work with my guys and take them to Victory Lane is what it's all about".

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"We got the auto pretty good".

"But, overall, that's a long ways to go".

Blaney won the opening 75-lap stage of the race. I'm not quite as good as Jeff Gordon any more with being able to win 10 races a year or 13 races a year.

"I saw him blow up so I knew I was in trouble", Bell said. "We needed that. That's where we've been running all year; it just hasn't been where we've been finishing". We'll just keep chipping away at it.

Aric Almirola, who like Blaney took two tires on the Lap 221 pit stop, ran fourth, followed by Daytona 500 victor Denny Hamlin and Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch.

It would become his first of four wins in 2018, culminating with a runner-up finish to Joey Logano in the championship-deciding season finale at Miami.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 101.693 miles per hour. Blaney wound up third after starting on the pole, and after having to make two stops during the final caution because of a lugnut that would have come loose. Hamlin 66;R. Blaney 67-79;K. Busch 80-152;D.

Kyle Busch (18) and Kevin Harvick (4) lead the field to the green flag on a restart during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at ISM Raceway, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Avondale, Ariz. Would you like to see continued coverage of New England short track racing?

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