Kyle Busch became the first driver in a national NASCAR race to win wire-to-wire in nearly eight years, but it wasn't as easy as it looked, not with his car getting loose and Carl Edwards bearing down over the final few laps in Avondale, Ariz.
Busch dominated from the pole early and held off Edwards late, maintaining the lead the entire way in the Nationwide race Saturday to set up the chance for a perfect weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
“It came down to the end of the race and Carl was alongside of me and we were racing really hard trying to beat each other, and I was like, ‘Man, just beat him back to the start-finish line, man, just beat back to the start-finish line,’ ” Busch said. “I was just trying to hold on for as long as I could.”
The trucks winner Friday night, Busch can make it three in a row in today’s 500-mile Sprint Cup race, where he’ll start fourth.
Kevin Harvick was third, followed by Ryan Newman and Reed Sorenson.
Carl Edwards (137.279 mph) set the last in a slew of track records (15 drivers eclipsed the old qualifying record of 136.389 mph) during final qualifying for the Sprint Cup race before the surface at Phoenix International Raceway undergoes a makeover. Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne (137.096) qualified third. Larry Dixon put together a record pass of 3.770 seconds at 324.98 mph to take the top qualifying spot in Top Fuel at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500, noon, Ch. 13, 850-AM