Busch Gets Impressive Win At Phoenix

Leads every lap, becoming first since 2003 to lead every lap in a race.

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch held off a frenetic challenge from Carl Edwards in the closing laps of Saturday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway and collected his 44th Nationwide Series victory, four behind career series leader Mark Martin.

Having won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at the 1-mile track, Busch will try for a weekend sweep Sunday in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup event.

Busch became the only driver to sweep races in NASCAR’s top three series at the same track on the same weekend when he accomplished the feat last August at Bristol.

Edwards, who finished .514 seconds behind Busch, made a contest of the race in the final 20 laps, running side-by-side with Busch for extended stretches as the race neared its end.

Busch became the first driver to lead every lap of an event in one of NASCAR’s top three series since Dale Earnhardt Jr. accomplished the feat in July 2003 in a Nationwide race at Daytona.

Kevin Harvick ran third, followed by Ryan Newman and Reed Sorenson, who took the series lead by five points in front of seventh-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sorenson and Stenhouse were the highest-finishing drivers eligible for the Nationwide title.

Though Busch never trailed at the stripe, Edwards gave the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota all he could handle. During one exchange, Edwards crossed the finish line .039 seconds behind Busch.

Busch was well aware he had a chance to be a wire-to-wire winner.

“I knew after the first run that it was such a long run that nobody stayed out [under the first caution],” Busch said. “The second run was such a long run that everybody pitted again. So I’m like, ‘So far, I’ve led every lap of this thing.’

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