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Kyle Busch Wins Atlanta XFINITY Race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, February 27 2016
Kyle Busch takes a bow after winning the XFINITY Series race at Atlanta on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Kyle Busch takes a bow after winning the XFINITY Series race at Atlanta on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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Kyle Busch held off fellow Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson to win Saturday’s XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The victory was Busch’s first at the historic AMS 1.5-mile oval and it came in dominating fashion as he led 119 of 163 laps.

“It means a lot,” Busch said of winning in Atlanta. “It’s been a while, but certainly means a lot just to accomplish some of my goals that I have in racing. To come out here and to do this today and to beat Kyle Larson – this must be his favorite tracks or one of the just being able to move all over this race track and he’s really good here too. Real proud of our team.”

Larson finished second after running into lapped traffic while making a charge at Busch over the final laps.

“I actually thought that last run was going to be too long for our car,” Busch said, “which was better for (Kyle) Larson’s car. We made some adjustments. (Chris) Gayle (crew chief) did a good job making some adjustments to our car and it helped me. It helped me definitely on the front side of the run for about the first 20 and I don’t think it hurt me from there on to the end of the race, but Larson was just better than us. He kind of closed and closed and closed and lap traffic – you know you’re trying to figure it out – they were really nice to me.”

Defending series champion Erik Jones finished third despite being penalized for jumping the race-openning green flag.

“It just made the day a lot longer,” Jones said of the penalty. “I knew we had the car to do it, but it was just a matter of not burning the tires off while we were doing it and trying to get back up there. Just made it a long day for the Hisence Camry, but overall a good day, a nice rebound from Daytona and a good way to get the season on track and get headed in the right direction.”

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Heads Up Georgia 250

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hampton, Georgia

Saturday, February 27, 2016

  1. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 163.
  2. (4) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 163.
  3. (2) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 163.
  4. (11) Paul Menard(i), Chevrolet, 163.
  5. (6) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 163.
  6. (7) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 163.
  7. (3) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 163.
  8. (12) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 163.
  9. (16) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 163.
  10. (15) Jeb Burton, Ford, 163.
  11. (19) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 163.
  12. (10) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 162.
  13. (9) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 162.
  14. (5) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 162.
  15. (17) Ryan Reed, Ford, 162.
  16. (8) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 162.
  17. (14) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 162.
  18. (18) Darrell Wallace Jr, Ford, 162.
  19. (22) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 162.
  20. (13) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 161.
  21. (20) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 160.
  22. (21) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 159.
  23. (23) Corey Lajoie, Toyota, 159.
  24. (26) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, 159.
  25. (32) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 158.
  26. (29) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 157.
  27. (34) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 156.
  28. (24) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 152.
  29. (40) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 152.
  30. (36) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 151.
  31. (37) Cody Ware #, Chevrolet, 151.
  32. (33) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Suspension, 127.
  33. (27) Ray Black Jr #, Chevrolet, 113.
  34. (38) Josh Reaume, Dodge, Suspension, 87.
  35. (25) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 68.
  36. (30) Carl Long, Toyota, Handling, 29.
  37. (39) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Overheating, 25.
  38. (35) Todd Peck, Ford, Engine, 15.
  39. (28) David Starr, Toyota, Engine, 7.
  40. (31) Jeff Green, Toyota, Electrical, 1.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  137.065 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 49 Mins, 53 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.466 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 21 laps.

Lead Changes:  5 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Busch(i) 1-28; B. Keselowski(i) 29-50; J. Burton 51; J. Allgaier 52-66; B. Keselowski(i) 67-72; K. Busch(i) 73-163.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Busch(i) 2 times for 119 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 2 times for 28 laps; J. Allgaier 1 time for 15 laps; J. Burton 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 70; D. Suarez – 67; T. Dillon – 65; B. Jones # – 64; J. Allgaier – 63; B. Gaughan – 60; D. Wallace Jr – 58; B. Koch – 53; R. Reed – 51; J. Clements – 50.

 

 

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, February 27 2016
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