Kyle Busch continued his NASCAR Xfinity Series domination at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday as he led 190 laps en route to winning the DAV 200.
The victory marked the eighth of Busch's Xfinity Series career at Phoenix, and it gave him six wins in just 14 starts this season in NASCAR's No. 2 series.
Despite Busch's incredible showing in the DAV 200, it wasn't even his best career performance at Phoenix International Raceway in the Xfinity Series, according to NASCAR Xfinity on Twitter:
That didn't make the win any less sweet, though, as Busch led a big-time celebration after taking the checkered flag (h/t NASCAR Xfinity):
Here is a rundown of the top 10 finishers from Saturday's race, with full results available at NASCAR.com:
|DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway Results|
|8||Darrell Wallace Jr.||6|
While Sprint Cup stars such as Busch and Brad Keselowski dominated much of the event, there were plenty of eyes on those in championship contention as well.
Points leader Chris Buescher kept his No. 1 spot with a 13th-place finish, which leaves Chase Elliott 18 points behind him with just one race remaining in the season:
|NASCAR Xfinity Series Standings After DAV 200|
|Position||Driver||Car No.||Behind Leader||Wins|
|7||Darrell Wallace Jr.||6||-120||0|
Busch won the pole Saturday and instantly imposed his will on the rest of the field by leading the first 63 laps of the race.
His monopoly on first place was interrupted after a caution came out due to Dylan Kwasniewski hitting the wall extremely hard, as seen in this GIF, courtesy of NASCAR Xfinity on Twitter:
Just prior to the yellow flag coming out, Busch reported to his team that he felt a vibration in his No. 54 Toyota, according to Joe Gibbs Racing:
Busch mentioned the possibility of the vibration being related to his shifter, which is an issue he experienced the previous week at Texas.
He dropped to third place on the restart, as Elliott Sadler and Keselowski beat him off pit road. His time away from the lead was short-lived, though, as Busch regained the top spot after just four laps.
Even as he continued to destroy the field, Busch expressed some concern regarding the vibration, as it returned and seemed to be related to the tires rather than the shifter.
Busch continued to lead until lap No. 114, when Jeremy Clements cut a tire and went into the wall, which brought out the third caution of the day.
Keselowski's crew was once again a bit quicker on pit road, and that allowed the No. 22 car to take the lead for the second time, while Busch fell to second.
As was the case previously, Busch didn't stay in second for long, as he passed Keselowski on the restart with 80 laps remaining in the race.
While Busch has traditionally been great at Phoenix, his form went unrewarded in last year's race, so he aimed to seal the deal this time around, according to KyleBusch.com:
Phoenix is a track I feel good about, going into these last few races with the No. 54 team. Last year in this race, I had the dominant car, led most of the laps, I think, and a late caution just didn't fall our way. I look forward to putting the Monster Energy machine back into contention and finishing it off this year with a trip to the winner's circle.
Busch led 187 laps last year, but a late restart allowed Keselowski to beat him. There was no such luck for Keselowski this time around, though, as the No. 54 car led the final 80 laps of the race in what was a remarkable performance.
Busch is second in the Sprint Cup standings, and Sunday's race marks the final event before the Championship Round. A win would clinch a championship opportunity in the last race of the season, while a solid finish inside the top 10 would likely get the job done as well.
Kevin Harvick has been unbeatable at Phoenix recently in the Sprint Cup Series, but Busch showed Saturday that he is capable of dominating in the desert as well.
If Busch can channel what he did in DAV 200 during Sunday's race, he has the confidence and the momentum needed to sweep the weekend.
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