Although he only placed 9th in the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway yesterday, rookie driver Chase Elliot is beginning to feel a lot more confident
"I've learned I have a great group around me and I feel like our team and the folks that I was put with this year, I feel like we all mesh well together The communication has been really good for the first two weeks anyways. The cars have been fast. With Regan Smith getting the win last week and Daytona and Kevin Harvick coming in 2nd in the ‘Go Green 200’ yesterday and we were inside the top-five there for a little while. I felt like our car was capable of being there, just needed a little bit of help on those restarts and pit stops. But, all in all, I felt like it was a good day for us and we're ready to go on out to Vegas."
The race was won by Kyle Busch giving him his 64th overall victory (and 3rd straight Nationwide victory at Phoenix International Raceway) after leading for 155 laps. Despite being held at the one-mile track in the Sonoran desert, the race was cut short by 32 laps due to rain. Although track officials tried to dry the surface several times, NASCAR finally brought the cars to pit road and halted the race after Busch crossed the finish line to complete Lap 168, under caution for Ryan Reed's crash into the wall at the inside of the backstretch dogleg.
Busch's win was declared official following a 2-hour, 8-minute red flag period.
"I think just the pure dominance we've shown here the last few times that we've come here and the amount of laps we've led with how fast our cars are is pretty phenomenal. All the credit goes to our crew chief Adam Stevens and everybody back at the shop,” Busch stated.
Rounding out the top 5 finishers were Brad Keselowski (3rd), Kyle Larson (4th) and Matt Kenseth (5th).