Kyle Busch dominates to win 11th Xfinity race at ISM Raceway

Kyle Busch certainly knows the way to victory lane at ISM Raceway. Even after the track was reconfigured.

Busch took the lead shortly after the start of the final stage Saturday and cruised to his second consecutive Xfinity Series victory — and his 11th at the mile-long track in Avondale, Ariz., outside Phoenix.

“If I’m allowed to race, I’m going to enter a race and try to go out there and win,” said Busch, whose victories at Las Vegas and this weekend give him 198 in NASCAR’s top three series.

Busch was pushed the first half of the race by Christopher Bell, who won the pole and had been consistently fastest in practice. But everything changed when Stephen Leicht, in a car in lapped traffic, blew his engine near the start-finish line and sent a cloud of smoke billowing across the track.

Busch was already ahead of him, but Bell and second-place Justin Allgaier were blinded. Throw in some oil that covered the surface and both wound up backing into the wall.

Allgaier managed to finish 14th, one lap down, but Bell’s day was done.

“Christopher was certainly going to give me a run for our money,” Busch said. “I hate that he got caught up in that mess. It was going to be a really fun run to the end there.”

• Team Penske pulled off a a front-row sweep in qualifying for IndyCar’s season opening-race in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. Will Power won the pole for the eighth time at St. Pete and 55th time in his career. Josef Newgarden qualified second to make it a Penske front row for Sunday’s race.

elsewhere

Another record

for skier Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin reached another milestone, clinching a record 15th World Cup victory of the season in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic.

At the resort where she started her World Cup career at the age of 15 in 2011, Shiffrin dominated the last slalom before next week’s finals.

No other skier, male or female, has won more than 14 races in a single campaign in the 53 years of the World Cup.

Shiffrin already wrapped up the World Cup slalom season title, her sixth in the past seven years, and her third straight overall championship.

Saturday’s win was Shiffrin’s 39th in slalom, leaving her one short of the 32-year-old World Cup record held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.

Tennis: Venus Williams outlasted No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (Riverside County) in her eighth match of the year.

Kvitova served 10 aces and 10 double-faults in the 2 ½-hour match.

There were several upsets on Day 4 of the combined ATP-WTA event. No. 9 Stefanos Tsitsipaswas ousted by Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2. Also losing on the men’s side were No. 11 Borna Coric and No. 23 Alex de Minaur. In the women’s draw, No. 17 Madison Keys, No. 26 Carla Suarez Navarro and No. 28 Donna Vekic lost.

College football: Former Texas quarterback Vince Young, whose last-minute touchdown against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl delivered the Longhorns’ only undisputed national championship in the last 50 years, has been fired by the school from his part-time job as a development officer for poor performance.

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