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Kyle Busch Earns His 150th NASCAR National Series Victory In Food City 300

Kyle Busch Earns His 150th NASCAR National Series Victory In Food City 300

by August 21, 2015 0 comments

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch earned his eighth career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway after winning the Food City 300 on Saturday night.

Busch’s win marked his 73rd in the series and his 150th between all three of NASCAR’s national series. Throughout the night, he only led 89 laps. On a late race green-white-checkered restart, Kyle Busch passed Chris Buescher for the race lead as the field entered Turn 3 coming to get the white flag. He was then able to hold off Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin for the victory.

“It was a hard fought battle,” Busch said. “Our car wasn’t the best there early on in the race. Chris Gayle (crew chief) and these guys made some really good adjustments and they got it better for me. There when we pitted with 100 to go, I was like, ‘Man, we have to go 100 laps on tires here, no way.’ I just saved as much as I could. I let the 60 (Chris Buescher) go, he ran out there about a straightaway on us and I was just trying to save and do what I could to keep my tires underneath me and then I knew we were going to get some cautions at the end to bunch us back up. Unfortunately we did, but I wasn’t sure if they (No. 60 Roush Performance Products Ford Mustang team) were going to make it on fuel and obviously they cut it close, a little too close.”

Buescher’s final restart was nearly perfect, especially with Kyle Busch spinning his tires, but unfortunately for Buescher and his team, they were just too short on fuel. As Buescher ran out of gas on the backstretch, the field scattered to take advantage of the position. Buescher went from leading 106 laps with a shot at a win, to finishing 11th.

“It’s unfortunate,” Buescher said. “I’m really upset. It was a really good day for our Roush Performance Tindol Ford Mustang. We just needed the track position. We were faster than a lot of guys we were racing around all day and once we got track position we showed we could run away from these guys. We had the speed, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’m glad we took the chance.  I wouldn’t change it if we could do it over again, but unfortunately it knocked us right out of a top-10 and out of a win.”

Finishing second was Kyle Larson who was shocked to see Buescher run out of gas. He thought Buescher’s team was good to go on fuel. On the final lap of the race, Larson was able to power by Denny Hamlin on the high side coming out of Turn 4 to solidify the runner-up finish. Ty Dillon finished fourth, and this weekend’s Dash 4 Cash winner, Daniel Suarez rounded out the top-five.

“I didn’t win it, we won it,” Suarez said. “We are a great team. Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing – all these guys who help to put this program together, I’m very, very thankful for them. All the hard work looks like it’s paying off. I’m very happy.”

Rounding out the top-10 in Saturday night’s Food City 300 was Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick and Regan Smith. Since Smith didn’t win the Dash 4 Cash this weekend, he is now ineligible for the $600,000 bonus. A driver has to sweep all of the Dash 4 Cash events to earn the bonus.

Even though Buescher finished 11th, he continues to lead the driver point standings by 19 over Ty Dillon. Chase Elliott trails Buescher by 23 points, followed by JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith who is 51 points back. Elliott Sadler had a terrible night and is now 82 points back.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will visit Road America on Saturday, August 29 for the Road America 180 Fired Up By Johnsonville. Coverage for the event will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBC Sports Network) and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 3 p.m. ET.

Food City 300 Results:

1.) #54 Kyle Busch

2.) #42 Kyle Larson

3.) #20 Denny Hamlin

4.) #3 Ty Dillon

5.) #18 Daniel Suarez

6.) #2 Brian Scott

7.) #9 Chase Elliott

8.) #88 Kevin Harvick

9.) #7 Regan Smith

10.) #62 Brendan Gaughan

11.) #60 Chris Buescher

12.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.

13.) #33 Brandon Jones

14.) #51 Jeremy Clements

15.) #01 Landon Cassill

16.) #39 Ryan Sieg

17.) #4 Ross Chastain

18.) #14 Cale Conley

19.) #28 JJ Yeley

20.) #44 David Starr

21.) #8 Blake Koch

22.) #22 Ryan Blaney

23.) #25 John Wes Townley

24.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong

25.) #16 Ryan Reed

26.) #13 Brad Teague

27.) #52 Joey Gase

28.) #15 Ryan Ellis

29.) #26 Hermie Sadler III

30.) #70 Derrike Cope

31.) #1 Elliott Sadler

32.) #97 Dylan Kwasniewski

33.) #24 Eric McClure

34.) #0 Harrison Rhodes

35.) #90 Mario Gosselin

36.) #74 Jordan Anderson

37.) #66 Benny Gordon

38.) #89 Morgan Shepherd

39.) #40 Carl Long

40.) #19 Jeff Green

 

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Driver Point Standings:

1.) #60 Chris Buescher

2.) #3 Ty Dillon -19

3.) #9 Chase Elliott -23

4.) #7 Regan Smith -51

5.) #1 Elliott Sadler -82

6.) #18 Daniel Suarez -103

7.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -103

8.) #2 Brian Scott -119

9.) #62 Brandan Gaughan -124

10.) #16 Ryan Reed -194

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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