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23rd of March 2017


Everything is still 'great' for Kyle Busch after Phoenix defeat

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Just when it looked like Kyle Busch was going to win the Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway, Joey Logano again foiled his plans, even if this one was totally coincidental.

One week after Busch and Logano scuffled on pit road, their destinies on the track were again intertwined. Busch was leading in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Logano was trying to crack the top 10 when he lost a right front tire. That sent his car into the outside retaining wall and brought out a race-altering caution with just six laps to go.

Busch pitted with a majority of the leaders, but three drivers -- including eventual race-winner Ryan Newman -- stayed out, which proved to be the correct strategy.

The entire ordeal set up a green and white checkered flag. Busch was stuck in fifth due to a slightly delayed pit stop and could only drive to third before the end of the race. Busch came full circle this weekend when describing his feelings afterward.

"Everything’s great," Busch said. "We got a top five, and that’s what we set out to do today. We got a third, so we should be pumped about that and how good this Skittles Camry ran today."

This was similar to his retort after his meeting with Logano and NASCAR officials on Friday morning inside the Cup Series hauler at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch led 114 laps overall.

"It was awesome there at the end," Busch said. "We had a little miscue there on pit road with Kurt, and from there, it was just too many cars that stayed out. If it was just two that stayed out, maybe, but we really needed the outside, like (second-place finisher Kyle) Larson had. Overall, we should be proud of our run today, and we will move on."

By Matt Weaver

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