No matter the length of a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Kyle Busch is bound to dominate. With Saturday's Blue Jeans Go Green 200 shortened by 32 laps by rain to a 168-lap event, Busch led all but 13 of those laps en route to his third-straight Nationwide win at the track and the seventh of his career at PIR. It was a fourth-straight Phoenix Nationwide win for crew chief Adam Stevens.
"It can rain all it wants as far as I'm concerned," Busch said before the race was officially called. "But we can go back green, too."
The race was dominated by Sprint Cup Series regulars, with Kevin Harvick finishing second, Brad Keselowski third, Kyle Larson fourth and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top-five.
"We probably had about a third or fourth-place car all weekend," Keselowski said. "We made adjustements to try to get better, but I just had my hands full for whatever reason."
Keselowski started from the pole, but Busch took over up front on lap six. As Busch continued to lead the way, Keselowski made contact with Daryl Harr to bring out the first of four cautions on lap 20. Keselowski headed to pit road for repairs, while the front runners stayed out.
Those who stayed out under the caution pitted under green around lap 80. A caution a few laps later caught most of those who pitted under green a lap down, but Harvick, Busch and Kenseth managed to stay on the lead lap during the green-flag cycle. As a result, they were able to stay out under the caution and claim the first three positions in the running order for the restart. Having pitted during the lap 20 caution, Keselowski had yet to pit under green and was able to head down pit road during the yellow flag.
Busch took the lead from Harvick on the restart and maintained the top spot the rest of the way. Harvick lost a few more positions when he gave up a few spots on pit road during the next caution on lap 134. Keselowski restarted next to Busch on the front row, and challenged the leader for a few laps before Busch was able to clear.
Harvick worked his way back toward Busch and the lead, passing Kenseth for third on the restart and then getting by Keselowski for second on lap 159. Second was as far up as he was able to go before the rain came to end the race after lap 168.
The yellow flag and then the red didn't come soon enough for Ryan Reed. Reed spun and wreck, at least partly because of damp conditions.
"I think the comination of a little bit of a damp race track, and I was being super aggressive," Reed said. "We knew the rain was coming, and we were faster than the guy sin front of us and running them down."