Kyle Busch Wins 85th Career XFINITY Race in Kansas Lottery 300by Kyle Pokrefky October 15, 2016 0 comments
KANSAS CITY — Kyle Busch notched his ninth victory of the XFINITY Series season on Saturday afternoon, winning the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
His 85th career win in the series, Busch won in dominant fashion, leading 150 of 200 laps en route to his fourth Kansas victory.
Crossing the finish line behind the defending Sprint Cup champion in the top-10 were Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Regan Smith, Brennan Poole, Brandon Jones, Blake Koch and J.J. Yeley.
“It’s certainly a good day for us,” Busch said of the win. “There were a lot of obstacles and a lot of things that were trying to work against us there and try to prohibit us from getting to victory lane today. Somehow, we got a little lucky on our side and we were able to get through those last few restarts there. There were a lot of restarts today in general.
“Overall, those last few there were certainly a lot of things going on – a lot of guys had pride on the line and whatnot. We just wanted to go out there and get a win and leave everybody else to battle behind us.”
As Sadler, Suarez and Koch had strong runs, some of their fellow Chase contenders did not fare as well.
Justin Allgaier, Erik Jones and Ryan Reed respectively finished 14th-through-16th with Allgaier and Jones having to make some body work repairs to their cars after being involved in on-track incidents. Reed’s troubles started from the get go as an electrical plug wire came loose early – robbing the team of some of its Roush-Yates horsepower.
Brendan Gaughan was wrapped up in a late caution after damaging his car while running at speed through the infield grass off of Turn 4. The driver of the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet finished 31st.
Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 33rd and was scored as being out of the race following a late-race accident that also involved teammate Reed and Allgaier.
Exiting Kansas and entering the next Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway, Sadler, Suarez, Koch and Allgaier are the drivers that presently hold transfer positions into the championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Saturday’s race lasted for two hours, 44 minutes and 45 seconds and boasted a total of 10 cautions for a total of 51 laps.
The first caution of the day was on Lap 59 for fluid on the track while a spin through the infield by Cole Custer brought out caution number two on Lap 70. A second spin by Custer was the reason for the third caution on Lap 78.
A spin by Ray Black Jr. on Lap 88 brought out the fourth caution of the day while a stopped Derrike Cope in the pit lane served as caution number five on Lap 104.
Debris was the reason for the sixth caution of the race on Lap 111 and another debris caution occurred on Lap 159 for caution number seven.
From there, a multi-car accident involving Allgaier, Wallace Jr., Custer, Reed, Brandon Jones and Ryan Sieg occurred on Lap 166 while Gaughan’s accident occurred on Lap 178.
The 10th and final caution of the night occurred on Lap 185 for debris in Turn 1.
The XFINITY Series will take two weeks off before returning to action with the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
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