AVONDALE, AZ – Last weekend, Kyle Busch said that his second place finish to race winner Kevin Harvick was the best he’s ever felt after not winning. He said he was basically the best in class as he watched Harvick lead 214 of the 267 laps that day. He had nothing for him. No one did for that matter.
For a second straight week, Busch had nothing for Harvick again. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver followed Harvick across the finish line in Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix for another race.
This time though, it was different. This time, Busch was the one doing the dominating. He led a race-high 128 of the 312 laps but for the second straight Spring race on the 1.022-mile track, he didn’t win.
Last year, Busch led 114 laps and was in command in the closing stages, but a late caution came out bunching the field up. Busch, would pit with most of the leaders before overtime. Some drivers though, stayed out.
Ryan Newman stole a win that day from Busch. He’d finish third as a result of that late caution and pit call.
On Sunday, Busch was in command most of the day, but Harvick had the superior car in the end.
For Busch, it was his 163rd career top five finish, tying him with Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett for 22nd all-time. His second place finish was also his sixth straight top 10 finish in Phoenix, five of which being top fours.
After two straight weeks of watching Harvick win, you can bet Busch is getting antsy.