AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch made it 3 for 3 in the Xfinity series this season, cruising to another victory in Saturday's Axalta 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
A week after leading all but one lap at Las Vegas, Busch led 175 of 200 laps on the mile oval to win for the record 79th time in the second-tier series.
"Some people will say I'm a failure for just joining this field," the Sprint Cup regular said. "I get plenty of criticism, whether I'm winning, losing or participating. For me, I don't really pay attention to any of that. I do what I need to do to help support my team."
Busch's big obstacle was lapped traffic and the lone competition his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates. He and series rookie Erik Jones raced side-by-side for several laps before their green-flag pit stops with 24 laps left. Busch beat Jones to the line then led by as much as three seconds.
When Brad Keselowski finally pitted with 13 laps left, Busch took the lead for good. Jones was second, 2.3 seconds back, but his car failed the post-race laser inspection and his team could be fined.
Motorcycles: Michael Barnes, 47, of Boca Raton came out of retirement to win the Daytona 200 road race at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the oldest winner in the event's 75 years.