Kyle Busch completed the weekend sweep at ISM Raceway when he took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500.
Busch scored his first win of the season and after taking Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at the Phoenix 1-mile track. It was Busch’s 52nd career Cup Series win and 199th national series victory.
“You’ve got to go race hard first and worry about fuel afterwards,” Busch said. “God this makes last week feel so much stupider, I wish we could’ve swept last week, too (at Las Vegas), we could’ve started the year with two weekend sweeps.”
Busch led six times for 177 laps.
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Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin completed the top five.
Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano completed the first 10 finishers.
Blaney and Kyle Busch won the first two stages. Stage Points
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Auto Club Speedway next Sunday afternoon.
How Busch Won: He was able to get around Blaney with 17 laps to go and once he did Busch sailed away to the win. Busch did need to keep on eye on the fuel gauge to ensure he made it to the finish but it turned out to not be a problem and he went on to the ISM Raceway sweep.
Who Had a Good Day: Truex Jr. had his best finish at ISM in 27 starts, matching his best finish of 2019 set at Atlanta…Blaney had his first finish better than 22nd in 2019 and his first top-five finish at ISM in seven races (Read More)…Almirola has finished top 10 in the last three races of 2019 and the last four races at ISM…Larson had his best finish of 2019.
Who Had a Bad Day: Erik Jones had early trouble when he had a problem cut down a right rear tire and spun. He brought out the first non-stage break caution in two races…Brad Keselowski brought out the day’s second caution when he had an issue in the right front of his car causing a tire to go down and he made contact with the wall breaking a sway bar mount…Daniel Suarez lost all power to his car, which came to a stop on track just before the race was to return to green after Keselowski’s incident and was forced to switch to a second battery…Local driver Michael McDowell had trouble getting to speed on the backstretch and after contact from teammate David Ragan hit the wall and was out of the race…Ryan Preece crashed on the backstretch after he made contact with Daniel Suarez causing him to spin…Matt DiBenedetto had a mechanical issue with less than 50 laps to go.
What Else Happened: Higher downforce with the new Cup Series rules package brought speeds up in the days leading up to the weekend and there were questions how it would relate to the racing. The answer appeared to be not much as the racing resembled much of the same kind of competition on display at ISM Raceway last November when the new configuration debuted. Restarts at the ultra-wide section where the start-finish line now resides again were the most critical aspects of the race to gain spots as track position, a reoccurring theme since the different variations of the new rules were introduced, was vital.
Quotable: “It doesn’t matter what kind of noise they’re making…as long as they’re making noise,” Busch in Victory Lane about fan reaction.
Notables: The race had nine caution periods for an average speed of 100.430 mph…Busch won last November at ISM Raceway. Since then he has finished no worse than sixth…Busch has six top 10s in a row…Busch is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the first four races of the season…Busch’s No. 18 Toyota did have one 18 had one lug nut loose in post-race inspection, which will result in a fine this week.