KYLE BUSCH DOMINATES SERVICE MASTER 200
The Service Master 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway offered three distinct sections on Saturday afternoon. In dominating the first and third of those legs, Kyle Busch completed a double sweep at P.IR this year. He grabbed both the pole and checkered flag in the March and November Nationwide events at the one-mile track.
As easy as it was for Busch most of the warm, sunny day, the middle segment of the afternoon had to have frustrated him. Leading at the 100-lap halfway mark by more than six seconds and putting all but 13 cars down at least one lap, Busch and the other leaders, that included Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, and Brad Scott, faced six caution flags over the next 55 laps after going more than 100 circuits without a yellow flag.
Pit stops and restarts shuffled the front of the field and made leaders out of Keselowski, Trevor Bayne when he stayed off pit road on lap 132, and Justin Allgaier. But Busch retook the top spot for the last time on lap 155 by charging hard on the outside of Allgaier between turns 3 and 4. He extended the lead to 4.348 seconds at the checkered flag.
Allgaier managed a second place finish by racing hard to slip by Dillon, who raised his championship lead to eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr. Hornish Jr. battled hard and finished fifth, but he too was frustrated when he tried to gain a point by leading lap, only to be outfoxed by Bayne's decision to stay on the racing surface."Eight points is a little more than what I wanted to overcome next week," said Hornish Jr. "It's been a hard-fought weekend for us.”
Regan Smith finshed fourth behind Busch, Allgaier, Dillon, and just ahead of Hornish.