Kyle Busch Wins The Alsco 300 At Kentucky Speedway In Overtimeby Camille Jones July 9, 2016 0 comments
SPARTA, Ky. – Kyle Busch led 185 of the 201 laps and raced his way to his fifth victory of the season in Friday night’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Busch’s win marks his 81st victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and his second at the speedway. The driver of the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing won in a dominating performance at the newly-paved 1.5-mile oval after starting on the pole. His fight to hold onto the lead was inhibited at times by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, as well as fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor, Austin Dillon.
The final caution was brought out by the No. 74 of Mike Harmon on lap 196, leading the field into Overtime. After the restart, Busch was able to propel his No. 18 car back to the lead. Busch battled side-by-side with Dillon but was able to escape the fray and drive away to take the checkered.
“The JGR cars just haven’t been that great here for a long time,” Busch said. “I think Joey Logano was the last win here for a JGR car was in 2010. This certainly means a lot to us as an organization and for NOS Energy Drink and everyone that has been a part of this program. Our cars were so fast here this weekend, it felt really, really good. We were worried about tires and we had some issues today during the race but we were able to make it through the whole event and not have a big problem. That’s just a true testament to Kentucky Speedway and what they did here tonight for this weekend in preparation to have a good race track.”
Austin Dillon was able to battle past the Joe Gibbs Racing’s Suarez and Jones to take home a second place finish in the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet in Friday night’s event. The runner-up finish was Dillon’s 10th top-10 finish of the 2016 season.
Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota finished third. In three races at Kentucky Speedway, Suarez has finished within the top-10 on two occasions. He now leads the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings by nine points over Elliott Sadler.
“I knew that the old tires on the bottom wasn’t the place to be,” Suarez said. “I knew with Austin (Dillon) behind me he was going to go. My team did a really good job. We had the best car for the first half of the race. I’m pretty much in the same situation as Austin with the first stop was rights and then lefts and then four and then rights. My car was really good in four, but it wasn’t as good in rights and we ended up with rights. That’s part of racing. I feel like we learned some good stuff for next time here, our first race of the Chase.”
On Friday night, Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. completed the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 was Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole and Brad Keselowski.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to competition for the AutoLotto 200 on Saturday, July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Live race coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Racing Network (PRN).
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