Kyle Busch celebrated Sunday's win in the Ticket Guardian 500 with a burnout.
Ryan Blaney has won the first stage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway, leading the early laps from the pole before regaining the lead when Brad Keselowski caused a caution. He now has 199 victories across the top three Nascar Series.
With the win, Busch joins teammate Denny Hamlin and Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as drivers having won races and securing berths in the season-ending Playoffs. Busch held onto the lead the rest of the way as Martin Truex, Jr. started to close in. Dave Blaney also owns Sharon Speedway in Hartford.
"You've got to race hard first, and then you got to worry about fuel afterwards", he said of the final laps. "When we got passed for the lead it was just full fuel-save mode".
"It not for me to worry about; it's for everybody else to talk about and discuss and argue over", Busch said.
Blaney said hopes to him to give Penske three straight wins came up a couple gallons short. "I wanted to salvage a top-5 out of the day". But it's worth noting that Petty earned all of his wins on the Cup Series, which may be why Busch himself even seems to be downplaying the significance of his achievements.
Truex finished second while Blaney who led 94 laps settled for third.
Kevin Harvick had won four of the past five spring races at ISM Raceway, and his nine total Cup Series wins at the mile-long speedway are a record. He did manage to keep his No. 9 Chevrolet off the fall and wound up 14th.
"As I got on the back straightaway the throttle pedal was gone".
Busch made his move following a restart on Lap 239 of the 312-lap race. Blaney said his vehicle drove better over the final run than he expected after his team only changed two tires on the final pit stop.
Ryan Blaney (12) leads the field out of Turn 4 during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at ISM Raceway, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Avondale, Ariz.