Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch won yet another Xfinity series race and immediately turned his attention to the big picture — racing for NASCAR's top title.

Busch dominated again at Phoenix International Raceway in the DAV 200, leading 190 of 200 laps Saturday for his record eighth NASCAR Xfinity victory at the track.

He easily held off fellow Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski for his sixth series win this season and record-extending 76th overall. Busch started on the pole in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota.

But his focus quickly turned to a planned Saturday night debrief with crew chief Adam Stevens to discuss today's main event. Busch has a slot in the Sprint Cup championship finale within reach for the first time in his career. He's one of seven drivers vying for three available slots in next weekend's title decider at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We'll see how it stacks up," Busch said. "Learned some things here (Saturday) that I think can help out and looking forward to seeing Adam here in a little bit."

Truck series leader Erik Jones was third, and Daniel Suarez was fourth to give Gibbs three of the top four spots. The Xfinity championship race, meanwhile, remained muddled. Points leader Chris Buescher finished 13th, but his top challengers for the title failed to capitalize on his mediocre day. With one race left next week at Homestead, Buescher is 18 points ahead of defending series champ Chase Elliott, 22 in front of Ty Dillon and 24 ahead of Regan Smith.

F1: Nico Rosberg won his fifth straight pole for today's Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, edging Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

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