Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Cup playoff elimination race at ISM Raceway to clinch a spot in the Championship 4 at Miami.
Busch led 117 laps on the way to his eighth win of the season, tying his career-best total.
“We had a rough start to the early part of this weekend,” Busch told NBC at the start-finish line. “It’s cool to put it where we need to right here right now in Victory Lane. … Man, what a day, what a race.”
The win is Busch’s first in Phoenix since 2005.
The race saw two red flags in the last 50 laps.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Chase Elliott
STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Busch
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kevin Harvick placed in the top five after a flat tire with three laps left in Stage 1 sent him to pit road. He started Stage 2 a lap down … Aric Almirola earned his first top five in 16 Phoenix starts … Matt Kenseth placed seventh for his first top 10 in 14 starts this season with Roush Fenway Racing … Bubba Wallace placed 10th for his third top 10 of the season.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Joey Logano finished 37th after he wrecked from a flat tire on Lap 96 … Clint Bowyer wrecked after he lost his left-rear tire on Lap 134. He finished 35th …. Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott’s chances to reach the Championship 4 ended in a four-car wreck out of Turn 2 on a restart with 44 laps to go .. Tanner Berryhill finished 31st in his Cup debut after causing two cautions.
NOTABLE: William Byron clinched the Rookie of the Year with his ninth-place finish … Kyle Busch tied Kevin Harvick with eight wins. This is the first time since 2008 (Carl Edwards – nine; Busch – eight) two drivers have won at least eight races. It’s just the second time since 1982 … Kyle Busch has now won on every track but the Charlotte Roval in a Toyota.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You look at all the teams we’re racing and they’ve got four, five, six, seven years working together, so what we’ve accomplished in one year is a hell of a lot, but right now all I can think about is being inside of Kyle (Busch) down there in the new (Turns) 1 and 2 and just not being able to get the power down to get up beside him. It’s bittersweet.” – Aric Almirola on being eliminated from title contention
WHAT’S NEXT: Season finale in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 2:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 18 on NBC