Busch Repeats at Kentucky

Kyle Busch

Busch celebrates his 88th career XFINITY Series win. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Kyle Busch won the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway for the second consecutive year from the pole.

Driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch stayed out on the final caution on lap 168 and was able to lead the final 33 laps en route to his 88th career win.

“It’s certainly nice to get to Victory Lane anytime you can," Busch said. "It’s been a heck of a year on the bad front for us so it’s nice to have this as a little bit of a turnaround. Our Toyota Camry has been really fast all year long."

Busch led a total of 70 laps and lost the lead during a round of pit stops under caution on lap 130 when the team opted for four tires while others took two. Busch dropped six spots, but took back the top spot on the final caution.

"Our car was really fast out front, and once I got in clean air, I didn’t think anybody had anything for us,” Busch said.

This time around Busch took the victory on Saturday afternoon after the race was postponed Friday evening due to severe storms in the area.

Ryan Blaney, who was penalized for an outside half of the pit box tire violation/team member not in contact with the outside tires during a pit stop on the last caution, charged back to finish second, 1.097 seconds behind Busch. Blaney led two times for 52 laps and won Stage 2.

"The caution came out and we were debating on whether to pit or not," Blaney said. "It is easy to look back on it now and say that we should have stayed out and seen what happened. I thought the right call was to pit and we just had a violation. That stings. It almost stings worse running all the way up there and finishing second than if we would have finished 10th or something."

Erik Jones led a race-high 77 laps, won Stage 2 and finished third at the checkered flag.

Kevin Harvick, who also stayed out on the final caution, finished fourth in his fourth start of the season driving the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford.

"We’ve finished in the top-five every time out, so we’ve just got to keep building on it," Harvick said. "I think the first year is definitely a building block and they’re doing really good.”

Ty Dillon and Joey Logano were next in the finishing order, respectively, and the top six drivers will now prepare to run in tonight's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400. Busch will start from the pole in that race.

“I feel okay right now so hopefully I can continue to get some more fluids in me and maybe take a nap – I don’t know, we’ll see what Brexton’s schedule is like and I’ll nap with him," Busch said. "Otherwise we’ll get back ready and have it tonight.”

William Byron was the top finishing XFINITY Series regular in sixth. He was seeking his third consecutive win of the season.

Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top 10.

The race got off to a rocky start when the field got stacked up behind the leaders coming to the green and the cars of Brendan Gaughan, Brandon Jones and Ryan Reed were damaged.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action next Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 

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