Kyle Busch continued to take over the NASCAR Nationwide Series, this time at Phoenix International Raceway.
Busch won the pole for Saturday’s ServiceMaster Clean 200 when he posted a qualifying lap of 133.422 mph in seconds. The pole win Saturday was Busch’s 10th pole position of the 2013 season. Throughout the 2013 Nationwide Series, Busch has gone on to win 10 races. He will attempt to capture his 11th of the year at Phoenix.
Current Nationwide Series points leader Austin Dillon qualified in second. Kevin Harvick qualified in third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Brian Scott to close out the top five. Sam Hornish Jr. qualified in sixth. Heading into Phoenix, the championship battle continues between Dillon and Hornish continues. As just six points separate the two, Phoenix could be the place to where the lead changes or tightens up before Homestead.
Last year, the championship battle between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler was a close one as well. The championship scenario changed at Phoenix and Stenhouse went on to capture his second straight championship.
As Dillon and Hornish will fight just one of two tight championship battles in the NASCAR circuit, neither driver could afford any mistakes at Phoenix. If both drivers manage to have a good day at Phoenix and the championship battle remains this close, it would provide the main storyline heading into the championship finale next week at Homestead.