Kyle Busch Wins, Joe Gibbs Racing Dominates Kansas Lottery 300by Camille Jones October 18, 2015 0 comments
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kyle Busch won the NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 with a comeback performance at Kansas Speedway on Saturday.
This was Busch’s 75th career series win and his fifth victory of the season. Leading 56 of the extended 204 laps, Busch, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, overcame a speeding penalty on pit road, as well as suffering damage to the left front of his car after hitting debris. Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Matt Kenseth were the only two drivers to lead laps in the race. Within the final 20 laps, the two battled hard for the lead position, Busch ultimately taking the win after holding off Kenseth through passing lapped traffic.
“My tongue was hanging out man, I can’t imagine what Matt (Kenseth) felt like,” Busch said. “He was driving way harder than I was. When you have two really good race cars like that, you just better bring them home without tearing something up. He raced me really, really hard on the straightaways and through the corner my car was really good in the middle part of the race track and Matt, I could see him and he was trying to move around, he just couldn’t really find anything that would tighten up his car enough to be able to put the gas down and I had plenty of that.”
Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Resers Toyota, finished second after a dominate performance for most of the race, leading 148 laps. Following his race, Kenseth expressed disappointment after not winning after such a strong run.
“I thought most of the day we had the best car and at the end there we got too loose there at the end,” Kenseth said. “Kyle (Busch) even though he put himself in the back twice, he figured out how to make it happen again. That was kind of aggravating. It was a good day for us. I think we’ve ran five races this year and that was our fourth second (place) in a row. It’s good, but it’s also aggravating – I would have liked to go out of the season with a win for sure. We just couldn’t hold off Kyle and got too free. I tried everything, held him off longer than I thought I could, just couldn’t make it happen.”
Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher maintains the NASCAR XFINITY Series points lead after a sixth place finish. He now sits 27 points ahead of Chase Elliott in second.
“This is a place where we’ve had speed several times and I just haven’t been able to get it done,” Buescher said. “It’s kind of like Darlington. It’s my favorite race track, but we couldn’t get the finishes and finally did this year. That’s been the name of the game – consistency. We need to go out here and we need to knock down these top-5’s really. When you look at the points battle, they can get one or two points a weekend but that’s just not gonna cut it in the end.”
While two of the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates took the top-two finishing positions, Joey Logano took third, followed by Ty Dillon and Regan Smith completing the top-five.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series will take two weekends off and return to competition at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 7 for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Live race coverage will be found on NBC and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 3:30 p.m. ET