Kyle Busch makes it look easy as Joe Gibbs Racing sweeps Xfinity race at Phoenix

9It was another visit to victory lane for Kyle Busch in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), as Busch wins – for the third consecutive weekend – the 2016 NXS Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 Saturday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch, who led the most laps – 175 out of 200, received his third series win and third top-10 finish of the season, his 79th series career win in 314 races and his ninth series win in 20 races at Phoenix International Raceway.

Following Busch to the drop of the checkered flag were his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates. Erik Jones (pole-sitter & series Rookie of the Year contender) and Daniel Suarez finishing second and third respectively.

Rounding out the top-10 finishing positions were Justin Allgaier claiming fourth, Chase Elliott sixth, Ty Dillon seventh, Elliott Sadler eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and ROTY contender Brennan Poole bringing home 10th-place.

With his third-place finish, Daniel Suarez leaves Phoenix with an 8-point lead over Elliott Sadler (2nd) and a 9-point lead over Ty Dillon (3rd).

Notes: No. 20 of Erik Jones fails inspection at Phoenix. According to NASCAR officials, the No. 20 car was found to have rear alignment measurement issues in the post-race laser inspection.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 114.087 MPH
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 45 Mins, 11 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.285 Seconds
Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 16 laps

Up Next: The Auto Club Speedway (ACS) NXS 300 on Saturday, March 19th, with an approximate starting time of 4:20 p.m. (ET), and television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

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Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Lead Points Bonus Points
1 18 Kyle Busch (i) 200 Running 175 0 0
2 20 Erik Jones # 200 Running 5 40 1
3 19 Daniel Suarez 200 Running 0 38 0
4 7 Justin Allgaier 200 Running 0 37 0
5 88 Chase Elliott (i) 200 Running 0 0 0
6 3 Ty Dillon 200 Running 11 36 1
7 2 Austin Dillon (i) 200 Running 0 0 0
8 1 Elliot Sadler 200 Running 0 33 0
9 22 Brad Keselowski (i) 200 Running 9 0 0
10 48 Brennan Poole # 200 Running 0 31 0
11 33 Brandon Jones # 200 Running 0 30 0
12 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 200 Running 0 29 0
13 62 Brendan Gaughan 199 Running 0 28 0
14 16 Ryan Reed 199 Running 0 27 0
15 42 Justin Marks 199 Running 0 26 0
16 11 Blake Koch 199 Running 0 25 0
17 43 Jeb Burton 199 Running 0 24 0
18 28 Dakoda Armstrong 198 Running 0 23 0
19 93 Dylan Lupton 198 Running 0 22 0
20 14 JJ Yeley 198 Running 0 21 0
21 01 Ryan Preece # 197 Running 0 20 0
22 44 David Starr 197 Running 0 19 0
23 21 Spencer Gallagher (i) 196 Running 0 0 0
24 4 Ross Chastain 196 Running 0 17 0
25 07 Ray Black Jr 196 Running 0 16 0
26 24 TJ Bell 196 Running 0 15 0
27 39 Ryan Sieg 195 Running 0 14 0
28 51 Jeremy Clements 195 Running 0 13 0
29 78 BJ McLeod 194 Running 0 12 0
30 97 Harrison Rhodes 194 Running 0 11 0
31 0 Garrett Smithley # 194 Running 0 10 0
32 25 Timmy Hill 193 Running 0 9 0
33 52 Joey Gase 191 Running 0 8 0
34 70 Derrike Cope 191 Running 0 7 0
35 90 Mario Gosselin 190 Running 0 6 0
36 13 DJ Kennington 190 Running 0 5 0
37 15 Todd Peck 188 Running 0 4 0
38 74 Mike Harmon 182 Running 0 3 0
39 89 Morgan Shepherd 11 Overheating 0 2 0
40 10 Jeff Green 5 Vibration 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Point Standings
After Race 4 at Phoenix International Raceway
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 19 Daniel Suarez 144 Leader 4 0 2 4 0
2 1 Elliot Sadler 136 -8 4 0 1 4 0
3 3 Ty Dillon 135 -9 4 0 1 3 0
4 7 Justin Allgaier 132 -12 4 0 1 3 0
5 33 Brandon Jones # 129 -15 4 0 0 2 0
6 20 Erik Jones # 126 -18 4 0 3 3 0
7 62 Brendan Gaughan 119 -25 4 0 0 2 0
8 16 Ryan Reed 106 -38 4 0 0 0 0
9 48 Brennan Poole # 102 -42 4 0 0 1 0
10 6 Darrell Wallace Jr 96 -48 4 0 0 1 1
11 43 Jeb Burton 96 -48 4 0 0 1 0
12 11 Blake Koch 93 -51 4 0 0 1 0
Points Outside the Top 12
13 28 Dakoda Armstrong 89 -4 4 0 0 0 0
14 39 Ryan Sieg 87 -6 4 0 0 0 0
15 51 Jeremy Clements 84 -9 4 0 0 0 0
16 4 Ross Chastain 74 -19 4 0 0 0 0
17 01 Ryan Preece # 63 -30 4 0 0 0 1
18 14 JJ Yeley 63 -30 3 0 0 0 0
19 44 David Starr 62 -31 4 0 0 0 1
20 78 BJ McLeod # 58 -35 4 0 0 0 0
21 07 Ray Black Jr # 48 -45 4 0 0 0 0
22 0 Garrett Smithley # 44 -49 3 0 0 0 0
23 24 Corey Lajoie 40 -53 2 0 0 0 0
24 52 Joey Gase 39 -54 4 0 0 0 1
25 90 Mario Gosselin 34 -59 3 0 0 0 0
26 42 Justin Marks 33 -60 2 0 0 0 1
27 97 Harrison Rhodes 26 -67 3 0 0 0 2
28 25 Chris Cockrum 25 -68 2 0 0 0 0
29 74 Mike Harmon 24 -69 3 0 0 0 0
30 93 Dylan Lupton 22 -71 1 0 0 0 0
31 70 Derrike Cope 21 -72 2 0 0 0 0
32 15 Cody Ware # 16 -77 2 0 0 0 1
33 46 Anthony Kumpen 15 -78 1 0 0 0 0
34 24 TJ Bell Jr 15 -78 1 0 0 0 0
35 89 Morgan Shepherd 13 -80 4 0 0 0 4
36 93 Scott Lagasse Jr 12 -81 1 0 0 0 0
37 0 Eric McClure 11 -82 1 0 0 0 0
38 15 Stanton Barrett 11 -82 1 0 0 0 0
39 13 Josh Reaume 10 -83 2 0 0 0 2
40 25 Timmy Hill 9 -84 1 0 0 0 0
41 40 Carl Long 9 -84 2 0 0 0 2
42 99 Todd Peck 7 -86 2 0 0 0 1
43 17 Jeff Green 7 -137 4 0 0 0 4
44 14 Benny Gordon 6 -138 1 0 0 0 1
45 13 Derek White 5 -139 1 0 0 0 0
46 13 DJ Kennington 5 -139 1 0 0 0 0
47 90 Martin Roy 3 -141 1 0 0 0 1
48 85 Bobby Gerhart 2 -142 1 0 0 0 1

# – Rookie

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standing
After Race 4 at Phoenix International Raceway
Pos. Owner Car # Wins Points Behind Attempts
1 JD Gibbs 18 3 153 Leader 4
2 Rick Hendrick 88 1 146 -7 4
3 Joe Gibbs 19 0 144 -9 4
4 Richard Childress 2 0 144 -9 4
5 Roger Penske 22 0 136 -17 4
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr 1 0 136 -17 4
7 Richard Childress 3 0 135 -18 4
8 Kelly Earnhardt-Miller 7 0 132 -21 4
9 Richard Childress 33 0 129 -24 4
10 Joe Gibbs 20 0 126 -27 4
11 Richard Childress 62 0 119 -34 4
12 Jack Roush 16 0 106 -47 4
13 Chip Ganassi 48 0 102 -51 4
14 Jack Roush 6 0 96 -57 4
15 Richard Petty 43 0 96 -57 4
16 Matthew Kaulig 11 0 93 -60 4
17 James Whitener 28 0 89 -64 4
18 Rod Sieg 39 0 87 -66 4
19 Tony Clements 51 0 84 -69 4
20 Chip Ganassi 42 0 79 -74 4
21 Gregg Mixon 24 0 75 -78 4
22 Gary Keller 4 0 74 -79 4
23 Mark Smith 14 0 69 -84 4
24 Johnny Davis 01 0 63 -90 4
25 Mark Smith 44 0 62 -91 2
26 Fred Biagi 98 0 60 -93 4
27 BJ McLeod 78 0 58 -95 4
28 Gary Cogswell 0 0 55 -98 4
29 Bobby Dotter 07 0 48 -105 4
30 Rick Ware 25 0 40 -113 1
31 Dale Earnhardt Jr 5 0 39 -114 4
32 Jimmy Means 52 0 39 -114 3
33 Pamela Sieg 93 0 37 -116 4
34 Michelle Gosselin 90 0 37 -116 4
35 Victor Obaika 97 0 26 -127 4
36 Rick Ware 15 0 25 -128 1
37 Tony Townley 05 0 24 -129 4
38 Mike Harmon 74 0 24 -129 1
39 Andrea Nemechek 87 0 23 -130 4
40 Mary Louise Miller 70 0 21 -132 4
41 Maurice Gallagher 21 0 18 -135 1
42 Derek White 13 0 17 -136 4
43 Rick Gdovic 146 0 15 -138 1
44 Cindy Shepherd 89 0 13 -140 4
45 Derek White 40 0 9 -144 4
46 Rick Ware 17 0 4 -149 1
47 Jessica Smith 99 0 3 -150 4
48 Mark Smith 10 0 3 -150 3
49 William Gerhart 85 0 2 -151 1
50 Michelle Gosselin 192 0 0 -153 1

 

Sunoco Rookie of the Year
Pos Car # Driver Points Behind
1 20 Erik Jones 66 Leader
2 33 Brandon Jones 49 -17
3 48 Brennan Poole 38 -28
4 01 Ryan Preece 30 -36
5 78 BJ McLeod 27 -39
6 07 Ray Black Jr 24 -42
7 0 Garrett Smithley 19 -47
8 25 Cody Ware 9 -57

 

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Manufacturer Standings
After Race 4 at Phoenix International Raceway
Pos. Manufacturer Wins Points Behind
1 Toyota 3 168 Leader
2 Chevrolet 1 157 -11
3 Ford 0 139 -29
4 Dodge 0 26 -142

 

Race Awards
Coors Light Pole Award Erik Jones, #20 136.789 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race Joe Gibbs Racing Engine – Mark Cronquist, #18
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race Kyle Busch, #18
Sunoco Rookie of the Race Erik Jones, #20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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