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DATE News (chronologically)
11/10/07
nascar
Kyle Busch wins PIR Busch race  Kyle Busch held off Matt Kenseth by .305 seconds in a green-white-checkered finish that took the Arizona.Travel 200 NASCAR Busch Series race three laps beyond its posted distance Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

The victory, coupled with his Craftsman Truck Series win at Phoenix on Friday night, put Busch in position to record an unprecedented triple in Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500 Nextel Cup event -- winning a race in each of NASCAR's top three national series at the same track on the same weekend.

In his final Busch Series start for Hendrick Motorsports, Busch led all but one of the last 116 laps (132 overall), collected his fourth win of the year and his 11th in the series. Despite problems with his power steering, Kenseth posted his seventh runner-up finish of the season.

Balky power steering wasn't Kenseth's only problem. The right rear quarter panel of his No. 17 Ford was found to be too high during post-race inspection. If any penalties are forthcoming, NASCAR will announce them during the coming week.

Polesitter Clint Bowyer was third, and Scott Wimmer ran fourth in the No. 29 Chevrolet, failing by two points to clinch the owners' championship for Richard Childress Racing. With a 194-point lead over the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy, Jeff Burton, who will drive the No. 29 next week in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, can clinch the owners' title for Childress simply by starting the race.

Though he will start 38th in Sunday's Cup race, Busch believes he has a chance to complete the weekend sweep.

"It would mean the most," said Busch, who was scheduled to fly to Las Vegas after Saturday's race to compete in a 140-lap late model stock car race in his hometown. "It would be a great honor to have that. I wouldn't have it any other way, but it's a hard race with the COT (Car of Tomorrow), so you've got to be able to get out front. You've got to have a good enough car, and you've got to get track position.

"I think we zeroed in on some things in practice today that really helped our car and made it at least where it's a top-five or top-10-capable car. There are still some pretty good guys out there that we're going to have to race against."

Saturday's race was red-flagged for the second time on Lap 198 because of a violent frontstretch crash involving David Ragan, Richard Johns, Stanton Barrett and Dario Franchitti. After an 11-minute stoppage, Busch took the green flag for the green-white-checkered finish.

Busch took the lead for the third time on Lap 85 when he powered the No. 5 Chevrolet beneath Kenseth in Turn 1. That pass took place during a green-flag run that began on Lap 49 and ended with a debris caution on Lap 116. (Kenseth led Lap 117 on pit road, but Busch was out first to retake the lead, which he held for the rest of the race.

Through two subsequent cautions, the second for a frontstretch pileup involving Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Steve Wallace and Jason Keller on an aborted restart on Lap 138, Busch remained out front.

NASCAR red-flagged the race for six minutes after the Lap 138 incident, and Busch led the field to the green flag for a restart on Lap 142, with Bowyer and Kenseth in pursuit. After a caution for Franchitti's spin on the backstretch on Lap 148 -- thanks to a bump from Brad Keselowski -- Kenseth passed Bowyer for second position on Lap 152.

Though Kenseth harried Busch over a subsequent 19-lap green-flag run, Busch held off the Roush Fenway driver for the remainder of the race.

Kenseth didn't blame his inability to catch Busch on his sluggish power steering.

"It slowed us down a little bit," Kenseth said, "but it probably wasn't the difference between us winning and losing."

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 4 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Sta-Green / Lowe's 195/10 203 Running
2 9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Arby's 175/5 203 Running
3 1 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 170/5 203 Running
4 2 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn 165/5 203 Running
5 6 21 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet AutoZone 155/0 203 Running
6 3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Wrigley's Doublemint 155/5 203 Running
7 28 60 Carl Edwards Ford World Financial Group 146/0 203 Running
8 30 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips / Comcast 142/0 203 Running
9 5 126 Jamie McMurray Ford Dish Network 138/0 203 Running
10 19 77 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Dollar General 134/0 203 Running
11 18 1 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 130/0 203 Running
12 15 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 127/0 203 Running
13 16 41 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Imation 124/0 203 Running
14 27 344 Michael McDowell Toyota Aaron's / Best Western 121/0 203 Running
15 38 59 Marcos Ambrose * Ford Kingsford / Bashas' 118/0 203 Running
16 11 18 Brad Coleman * Chevrolet Carino's Italian Grill 115/0 203 Running
17 23 7 Mike Wallace Chevrolet GEICO 112/0 203 Running
18 13 33 Tony Raines Chevrolet RoadLoans.com 109/0 203 Running
19 10 90 Stephen Leicht Ford CitiFinancial 106/0 203 Running
20 7 27 Robby Gordon Ford Huggies / Bashas' 103/0 203 Running
21 22 88 Brad Keselowski * Chevrolet U.S. Navy 100/0 203 Running
22 26 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox / Am. Red Cross / Bashas' 97/0 203 Running
23 12 6 David Ragan * Ford Discount Tire 94/0 203 Running
24 31 35 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford McDonald's 91/0 203 Running
25 34 14 Kyle Krisiloff * Ford Lilly / Walgreens 88/0 202 Running
26 37 37 John Graham Ford Kickbutt Amped Energy Ballz 85/0 201 Running
27 21 10 Brian Vickers Toyota Fort McDowell Resort Destination 82/0 199 Running
28 14 20 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Rockwell Automation 84/5 199 Running
29 8 42 Dario Franchitti Dodge Target 76/0 198 Off Track
30 40 25 Richard Johns Ford Freedom isn't Free / FreeCreditReport.com 73/0 197 Off Track
31 32 230 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet PHYTTER Phone / INTERUSH 70/0 197 Off Track
32 20 22 Mike Bliss Dodge Supercuts 67/0 182 Out of Race
33 39 28 Blake Bjorklund Chevrolet Kibbles 'n Bits / U.S. Border Patrol 64/0 180 Running
34 17 24 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 40th Infantry Brigade 61/0 170 Running
35 25 211 Jason Keller Chevrolet InvestLinc 58/0 139 Out of Race
36 24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape 60/5 138 Out of Race
37 41 66 Steve Wallace Dodge HomeLife Communities 52/0 138 Out of Race
38 42 36 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet McGill Motorsports 49/0 35 Out of Race
39 29 12 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Kodak 46/0 24 Out of Race
40 36 113 Todd Souza Chevrolet Central Coast Cabinets 43/0 22 Out of Race
41 35 01 Kertus Davis Chevrolet RaceGirl 40/0 19 Out of Race
42 43 156 Frank Kreyer Chevrolet Culver's Restaurants 37/0 9 Out of Race
43 33 72 D.J. Kennington Dodge Northern Provincial Pipelines 34/0 8 Out of Race

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