ISM speedway in Phoenix, Arizona! Personally, I would love to watch a race at the 1 mile D shaped track. Usually tempers among drivers get hotter than the desert air. Phoenix is a track that anything can happen. This track has seen fights and scuffles with different drivers over the years like Jeff Gordon and Clint Boyer as being one of the best ever but this past weekend we seen an intense battle form while qualifying as Ford drivers Michael McDowell and Daniel Suarez had a tussle. McDowell was coming out of the turn as Suarez was in front of him and instead of veering down pit road, basically Suárez stops and cuts on to pit road making McDowell go high and impact his qualifying time. Following a crazy qualifying, climaxed with Suarez running up to McDowell on pit road and scuffling with pit crews intervening and holding back but not before some shoves and Suarez throwing McDowell to the ground. No penalties given but they had to meet with NASCAR officials to get “the lecture”.
The other big news from Phoenix was Kyle Busch. Love him or not, he is a winning machine. Kyle won the IK9 Service Dog 200 in the #18 Toyota marking his 198 win in NASCAR’s three top divisions. Ryan Truex finished 2nd in the Xfinity race with Tyler Reddick rounded out the third spot.
With no truck race, Kyle Busch went on to win the Ticket Guardian 500 for the weekend sweep. This gave “Rowdy” his 199th win. Busch finished 1st in his Gibbs Toyota #18 Skittles car with Gibbs Toyota teammate Martin Truex Jr #19 Bass Pro car with pole sitter #12 Penske Ford Money Lion Ryan Blaney.
To recap, the beginning of the race started with a controversial move as outside pole sitter Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy jumped the start by crossing the finish line at the drop of the green flag over pole sitter Blaney penalizing Chase to go to pit road and putting him a quick lap down. Chase Elliot, son of famous NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, was never a factor rest of the race even spinning later on in the race to bring out the yellow flag.
Kyle Busch is going to The Auto Club Race in California hunting for the 200th career win. The most wins in NASCAR is held by The King, Richard Petty but his wins came at the Cup level which will probably never be beat, but Kyle’s run to 200 in all 3 series is very positive to the sport and no small feat. Kyle fans want to see him win the 200th race but just as passionate, anti Kyle fans want to see him lose and not make the 200th win, which is good excitement for the sport.