Kyle Busch was back to his dominating ways this past weekend at Phoenix, but it was Jeff Gordon’s win, breaking a 66-race winless streak, that has garnered the most attention.
In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Busch, who led 107 of 150 laps, was able to dethrone three-time Phoenix winner Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) by holding off Clint Bowyer by .291 second. Busch’s last truck victory at Phoenix, which was also his first, was in 2007 for Billy Ballew Racing.
As the weekend continued, Busch continued his dominating ways to win another. After winning the pole for the Nationwide series race, Busch, who won the spring Nationwide series race at Phoenix last year, never looked back as he led all 200 laps and held off last November’s winner, Carl Edwards, by .514 second. It’s a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since July 2003, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Daytona in the Nationwide series.
The question on everyone’s mind as Sunday dawned was if Busch would be able to sweep the weekend. If that were to happen it would have been the second time he swept a race weekend, with the other time coming last August at Bristol. It seemed that Busch would spend a third consecutive day in Victory Lane until Gordon, who led a race high 138 laps, was able to overtake Busch for good on lap 304 and pulled away.
As Gordon took the checkered flag, it ended his long winless streak (his last victory coming at Texas in 2009) and he wanted to make sure he wasn’t dreaming as he asked people to pinch him. The win was Gordon’s 83rd and tied him for fifth place on the winners list with Cale Yarborough.
The race wasn’t easy for Gordon, who survived several incidents, including one where he and pole sitter Edwards made contact and another which sent 13 cars to the garage, but in the end, all that mattered to Gordon was he finally saw Victory Lane again.
Race fans will be able to see two-time Kansas Speedway winner Jeff Gordon as the Sprint Cup Series comes to Kansas Speedway on June 5 and again on October 9. Tickets can be purchased for the June NASCAR Sprint Cup event for as little as $59 by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or at www.kansasspeedway.com. Tickets for all Kansas Speedway events are currently on sale.
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