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Kyle Busch Wins His Third Straight Xfinity Race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 12 2016
Kyle Busch may suffer back damage if he keeps earning victory bows in the Xfinity Series. He won his third straight Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

Kyle Busch may suffer back damage if he keeps earning victory bows in the Xfinity Series. He won his third straight Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Kyle Busch posted a dominating victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The victory was Busch’s third in three races in the series in 2016. He led 175 of the 200 laps.

Busch’s three wins this season have come at Atlanta, Las Vegas and now Phoenix.

He took the checkered flag at the PIR oval 2.3 seconds ahead of teammate Erik Jones, though in post-race inspection, Jones’ No. 20 was cited for rear toe outside of tolerance when measured by the laser inspection station. NASCAR will address possible sanctions at next week’s competition meeting.

“I don’t know,” Busch said when asked why he does competes so well at PIR –it was his ninth victory in 20 starts at the track. “It’s just a knack for this place I guess. You know, we’ve been off a little bit on the Cup side for years but here we seem to be a lot better. Last year we improved a lot. But, the Xfinity program it’s always been. I’m not sure why. I can’t say enough about Chris Gayle (crew chief) and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Obviously, did a great job for me giving me the car that I needed and prepared everything for today’s race. We didn’t sit on the pole but our teammates did. They were obviously really fast and they made me run hard all day long. I mean, there was nothing left in this car. It’s all used up. Instead of having to go back to the shop and freshen her a little bit they’re going to have to rebuild it.”

Danial Suarez gave JGR a podium sweep by finishing third.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200

Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Arizona

Saturday, March 12, 2016

  1. (3) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 200.
  2. (1) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 200.
  3. (2) Daniel Suárez, Toyota, 200.
  4. (10) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.
  5. (5) Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  6. (4) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200.
  7. (6) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  8. (16) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200.
  9. (7) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 200.
  10. (17) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 200.
  11. (8) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 200.
  12. (9) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 199.
  13. (11) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 199.
  14. (13) Ryan Reed, Ford, 199.
  15. (14) Justin Marks, Chevrolet, 199.
  16. (12) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 199.
  17. (15) Jeb Burton, Ford, 199.
  18. (26) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 198.
  19. (28) Dylan Lupton, Chevrolet, 198.
  20. (23) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 198.
  21. (24) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 197.
  22. (22) David Starr, Toyota, 197.
  23. (18) Spencer Gallagher(i), Chevrolet, 196.
  24. (19) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 196.
  25. (25) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, 196.
  26. (27) TJ Bell Jr., Toyota, 196.
  27. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 195.
  28. (20) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 195.
  29. (35) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 194.
  30. (38) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 194.
  31. (34) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, 194.
  32. (31) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 193.
  33. (36) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 191.
  34. (37) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 191.
  35. (32) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 190.
  36. (33) DJ Kennington, Dodge, 190.
  37. (40) Todd Peck, Ford, 188.
  38. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 182.
  39. (30) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Overheating, 11.
  40. (29) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 5.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  114.087 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 45 Mins, 11 Secs. Margin of Victory:  2.285 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  3 for 16 laps.

Lead Changes:  5 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   E. Jones # 1-5; K. Busch(i) 6-97; T. Dillon 98-108; K. Busch(i) 109-177; B. Keselowski(i) 178-186; K. Busch(i) 187-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Busch(i) 3 times for 175 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 11 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 1 time for 9 laps; E. Jones # 1 time for 5 laps.

Top 10 in Points: D. Suárez – 144; E. Sadler – 136; T. Dillon – 135; J. Allgaier – 132; B. Jones # – 129; E. Jones # – 126; B. Gaughan – 119; R. Reed – 106; B. Poole # – 102; D. Wallace Jr. – 96.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 12 2016
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