Kyle Busch Dominates In Texas For His 80th NASCAR XFINITY Series Victoryby Hunter Thomas April 9, 2016 0 comments
FORT WORTH, Tex. – Kyle Busch earned his 80th NASCAR XFINITY Series victory on Friday night after winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch started on the pole and led 150 laps en route to the milestone victory. Out of the five NASCAR XFINITY Series races that he has competed in this season, Busch has won four of them, and the race at Auto Club Speedway that he didn’t win, he finished second. Busch has now collected eight career victories at Texas Motor Speedway.
“To come out as strong as we have this year, this could have been five in a row,” Busch said. “Certainly we’ve had a great season and he’s (crew chief, Chris Gayle) a great leader. The guys have done a great job following him doing what we’re doing. It’s pretty good, it means a lot. There’s still more races to go this year. Everybody gets a break from Kyle at Richmond, but I still have one more next week at Bristol. We’ll see how the heat races go. We’ll see what’s in store there”
Finishing second on Friday night was Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Erik Jones. He started second and overcame a lap 79 pit road penalty. Jones led 12 laps and ran up front for most of the night. The runner-up finish was his fourth top-10 of the season and his third at the speedway.
“It was a good run for us overall and a solid day,” Jones said. “Obviously didn’t have enough at the end. Some of that was from having to come back through the field and being able to keep up with the race track. That penalty wasn’t the reason we ran second by any means. We just need to do a little bit better job adjusting late in the race.
Brad Keselowski brought the Team Penske No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang home in the third position. JR Motorsports’ Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Austin Dillon, Brandon Jones and Ryan Sieg rounded out the top-10.
Throughout the night, there were five cautions, but the only one for a mutil-car accident came on lap 145 when Jeb Burton blew a tire. Ross Chastain just barely got a piece of the accident when Burton slid up the track, but Blake Koch wasn’t so lucky and slammed hard into Burton’s car.
“A tire went down,” Burton said. “We were struggling really bad anyway. We were gonna have a decent night, I guess, with another 15th-place finish probably, so we’ve got to get better. It’s really frustrating. Like I said, we were already struggling and with the way our night was going that just topped it off. I’m ready to get out of here and go to Bristol.”
Daniel Suarez, who spun out and salvaged a 16th place finish on Friday, leads Sadler in the championship point standings by a mere point. Allgaier is third, only nine points back from the lead.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 on Saturday, April 16. Coverage for the race will broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 12:30 p.m. ET.
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