Kyle Busch Seizes the Win in the Furious 7 300

Kyle Busch Seizes the Win in the Furious 7 300

by September 20, 2015 0 comments

JOLIET, Ill. —  A race dominated by pole-sitter, Kyle Busch and teammate, Matt Kenseth, Saturday’s Furious 7 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race delivered another shot of confidence to Joe Gibbs Racing as Busch’s No. 54 Monster Toyota rolled into Victory Lane.

The win marked Busch’s fourth win of the season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

“We had a very fast Camry here,” Busch said. “Can’t say enough about Chris Gayle (crew chief). All the adjustments we made all night long to make the car better and better. That battle with Matt Kenseth, I don’t know. I thought when I got to him and I got clear of him and I drove away by a second-plus it was over and I can breathe a little bit and I tried to go back up to the top and I was loose up there. I just had to battle through that and try to beat him – he was right there.”

The two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates led a combined 186 of 200 laps, and fellow teammate, Daniel Suarez led an additional two laps. Fuel mileage was a heavy topic as the race winded down. The leaders were able to maintain enough distance and save enough fuel under green flag conditions to finish, while others like Brian Scott had to make a scheduled stop for fuel before the checkered and Kyle Larson, who ran out of fuel before the finish.

The 300-mile, 200-lap race saw five cautions. Ryan Blaney was responsible for two of those cautions, both caused by blown tires. The significant damage, Blaney sustained resulted in a disappointing 35th place finish for the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford team.

NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader, Chris Buescher finished the race in 7th. Buescher maintains the lead in the standings with Ty Dillon trailing him by only 25 points.

“It was a long night,” Buescher said. “It was a good points night when it was all said and done. Our Fifth Third Bank Mustang was good at the end and had good speed. I think we used it up a little early. We didn’t have much left at the end when it was time. We made a lot of adjustments today and really tuned on it. It was a good points day. Not really where we want to be in the running order. We don’t want to be seventh and be happy with it but we are making progress.”

While Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth held on to the top-two spots, Darrell Wallace Jr. finished third and Paul Menard and Ty Dillon completed the top-five.

The drivers of the NASCAR XFINITY Series hit the track again on Saturday, September 26 at Kentucky Speedway for the 300. Coverage for the event will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 8 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: During post-race inspection following the Furious 7 300, Busch’s No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota was found to be too low in all four corners of the car. Any penalties that are to come will be announced on Tuesday.

Furious 7 300 Top-10 Results:

  1. #54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing
  2. #20 – Matt Kenseth(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing
  3. #6 – Darrell Wallace Jr.# – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing
  4. #33 – Paul Menard(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
  5. #3 – Ty Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
  6. #18 – Daniel Suarez# – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing
  7. #60 – Chris Buescher – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing
  8. #1 – Elliott Sadler – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing
  9. #7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports
  10. #62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:

  1. #60 – Chris Buescher – Roush Fenway Racing – 945 | Leader
  2. #3 – Ty Dillon – Richard Childress Racing – 920 | -25
  3. #9 – Chase Elliott – JR Motorsports – 917 | -28
  4. #7 – Regan Smith – JR Motorsports – 894 | -51
  5. #1 – Elliott Sadler – Roush Fenway Racing – 839 | -106
  6. #6 – Darrell Wallace Jr.# – Roush Fenway Racing – 838 | -107
  7. #18 – Daniel Suarez# – Joe Gibbs Racing – 830 | -115
  8. #2 – Brian Scott – Richard Childress Racing – 825 | -120
  9. #62 – Brendan Gaughan – Richard Childress Racing – 798 | -147
  10. #16 – Ryan Reed – Roush Fenway Racing – 716 | -229

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR XFINITY Series points.

Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

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