Kyle Busch dominates Nationwide race in Phoenix

Kyle Busch dominates Nationwide race in Phoenix

By Amanda Vincent, NASCAR reporter

Kyle Busch epitomized the term domination with his win of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday. He led all 200 laps of the race to claim his fourth series win at PIR, tying him with Carl Edwards for most wins on the 1-mile oval.

Victory lane: race winner Kyle Busch celebrates
Victory lane: race winner Kyle Busch celebrates

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"There at the end, I got a little worried," Busch said in victory lane.

While Busch maintained the top spot for the entire race, Edwards held on to the second spot all race long to wind up finishing second. During long green flag runs, Busch and Edwards were able to get themselves as much as a 14-second cushion on the rest of the field, but Busch just couldn't shake Edwards.

Bush did, at times, build up leads of a couple of seconds or so over Edwards, but unlike the rest of the field, his closest pursuer was always in sight.

After the last caution of the race -- the third yellow flag period of the event -- that came out when Trevor Bayne suffered a tire issue that sent him into the wall with 26 laps to go, Edwards maintained a closer view of Busch in the closing laps. He even pulled slightly ahead of Busch a couple of times mid-lap and the two raced side-by-side for several circuits.

But Edwards never could quite clear Busch, and Busch again began to pull away with about 10 laps to go to take his second win of the weekend (he also won Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at PIR). Edwards, meanwhile, was relegated to second -- the same position he ran in all afternoon.

Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards

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Finishing a distant third was Kevin Harvick. Ryan Newman was fourth.

Newman said after the race that he felt like he had something for Busch at the end, especially from the fourth spot. He said that with about 10 to go, he started calculating his chances, should a caution come out in the closing laps. The way Newman figured, he would restart on the outside, right behind Edwards, who would really make things hard on Busch, and he'd be in the perfect spot to get around both of them to drive on to the win.

Newman didn't get that late-race caution though. Brian Scott did hit the wall on the final lap, but the race stayed green to the checkers. It was too little, too late for Newman.

Reed Sorenson was the highest finishing driver among those earning points in the Nationwide Series with his fifth-place finish. As a result, Sorenson became the new series points leader at the end of Saturday's race. Former points leader, Landon Cassill, was not in the race. *

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