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Kyle Busch passes Ryan Blaney late for Phoenix win

Polesitter Ryan Blaney held a charge of Kyle Busch as long as he could, but he could not hold the lead when Busch's No. 18 passed number 12 for the management on Lap 296 with 17 yards to go to ISM Raceway on Sunday. Busch stretched his lead in the winding laps of the desert, crushing his 199th NASCAR victory, one from tying Richard Petty. Busch, who paced the field of 177 yards, also won Saturday's Xfinity Series competition and marked a weekend win for 18th Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. MORE: Race results | SHOP: Kyle Busch Equipment Martin Truex Jr. Passed Blaney's Team Penske Ford into the finish line to finish second in his 1 9-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Blaney scored third after leading 94 laps, while Aric Almirola came fourth in number 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin rounded off the top five in his 11th Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Nine-time Phoenix winner and race favorite Kevin Harvick made little contact with Jimmie Johnson at the restart of Lap 232 and made him lose the ground as he led to the pit road for a four-deck stop. He came 21st and made it only up to ninth after the end of the race. Elliott was punished outside the offender for starting a break in the opening round and had to serve a penalty. He hit back through the field but knocked out on Lap 218 after deleting into his 9th crew about a vibration…

Polesitter Ryan Blaney held a charge of Kyle Busch as long as he could, but he could not hold the lead when Busch’s No. 18 passed number 12 for the management on Lap 296 with 17 yards to go to ISM Raceway on Sunday. Busch stretched his lead in the winding laps of the desert, crushing his 199th NASCAR victory, one from tying Richard Petty.

Busch, who paced the field of 177 yards, also won Saturday’s Xfinity Series competition and marked a weekend win for 18th Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.

MORE: Race results | SHOP: Kyle Busch Equipment

Martin Truex Jr. Passed Blaney’s Team Penske Ford into the finish line to finish second in his 1

9-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Blaney scored third after leading 94 laps, while Aric Almirola came fourth in number 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin rounded off the top five in his 11th Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Nine-time Phoenix winner and race favorite Kevin Harvick made little contact with Jimmie Johnson at the restart of Lap 232 and made him lose the ground as he led to the pit road for a four-deck stop. He came 21st and made it only up to ninth after the end of the race.

Elliott was punished outside the offender for starting a break in the opening round and had to serve a penalty. He hit back through the field but knocked out on Lap 218 after deleting into his 9th crew about a vibration while driving in the top 10. He finished 14th.

A number of events marked step 1 in the desert: Erik Jones, who ran 12, hit the wall after a right rear tire crashed into his 20’s Toyota. Soon after, Brad Keselowski began to fight with his No. 2 Ford, which quickly fades. He brushed the wall after breaking something on his right front. Daniel Suarez had to get a push for his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on the road but could continue the race.

Blaney won Step 1, while Kyle Busch won Step 2, which ended with caution after Alex Bowman had a tire go down for three laps before the end of the stage.

Monster Energy Series is back on track next Sunday at Auto Club Speedway (3:30 PM ET, FOX / MRN), West Coast Swing.

This story will be updated.

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