The victory was his 52nd in Cup and it gave him a weekend sweep at ISM as he won Saturday's Xfinity Series race. "You've got to race hard first and worry about fuel afterwards". "Once I got to Blaney, I was able to kind of save a little bit and try to take care of my tires for the rest of the traffic I had to get through". It also gave him 199 victories over NASCAR's top three series and two straight wins in Arizona as he won at the one-mile oval last November.
Busch will be aiming for his 200th win in NASCAR's top three series next week at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
"It's not for me to worry about. It's for everybody else to discuss and talk about and debate over", he said of its importance. "For myself and the career that I've had, I've been fortunate to be around a lot of top people and a lot of great sponsors".
Last week Kyle Busch came up just short of a 3-race weekend sweep at his home track in Las Vegas, but this week he won both the Xfinity and Cup races at ISM Raceway in Phoenix for his 12th career 2-race sweep. 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.
Busch is now close to hitting the magic number of 200 NASCAR victories, which would tie him with Richard Petty for the most ever. Busch chased down pole-sitter Ryan Blaney over the final green-flag run while the two drivers tried to save enough fuel to reach the end of the race.
"Honestly, we hung on better there on two tires than I thought we would", Blaney said. "I think (Busch) was kind of riding back there, too". I don't know if those details will happen that much any more. "I started to get real tight and we got to lapped cars and I was done".
The race was also Busch's first driving the red Skittles paint scheme this season. It would have been awesome to start out this year two weekend sweeps in a row. "This is what we deserve". Aric Almirola was fourth and Denny Hamlin was fifth.
Seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson is among those starting midway through the field, while Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell are near the back after their qualifying fight Friday. "When we got passed for the lead it was just full fuel-save mode".
MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline Starting In 2019
What had been a 26th player for certain day-night doubleheaders through August 31 will become a 27th player in those situations. From September 1st through the end of the championship season, all Clubs must carry 28 players on the active roster.