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Busch Bags Kentucky Speedway Win In Overtime

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 9 2016
Kyle Busch pulled away from Austin Dillon and Danial Suarez to win in overtime in Kentucky on Friday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

Kyle Busch pulled away from Austin Dillon and Danial Suarez to win in overtime in Kentucky on Friday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

Kyle Busch collected his fifth victory in nine NASCAR XFINITY Series starts this season when he got the win in overtime at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night.

 Clearing Austin Dillon off Turn 4 in the first lap in overtime, Busch pulled away to beat the Xfinity SeriesRichard Childress Racing driver to the finish line by .455 seconds.

Daniel Suarez finished third.

Erik Jones, who had a fast enough car to win the race but who mistakenly hit the kill switch on his car under caution and then could not refire the engine, finished fourth.

Polesitter Busch led 185 of the 201 laps in getting his 81st career win in the series. His OT move on Dillon nailed it.

“I didn’t think he’d be able to hold it through (Turns) 3 and 4 like that,” said Dillon, who thought he had the preferred position on the inside. “But he did a great job of holding me down. I wish we could have got it done for (sponsor) Rheem, but it was a really close race.”

Busch was roughly a half-second ahead of Suarez and appeared to have the race in hand when caution flew on Lap 195 with smoke billowing from Mike Harmon’s car.

“We always get the Kyle Busch cautions,” Busch said. “Apparently this time it was true. There was some problems with another car smoking. You always have to make your money’s worth, I guess. Always have to give the show to the fans and their money’s worth.”

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Alsco 300

Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Kentucky

Friday, July 08, 2016

 

  1. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 201.
  2. (4) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 201.
  3. (2) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 201.
  4. (3) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 201.
  5. (11) Darrell Wallace Jr, Ford, 201.
  6. (5) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 201.
  7. (23) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 201.
  8. (6) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 201.
  9. (14) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 201.
  10. (10) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 201.
  11. (17) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 201.
  12. (16) Justin Marks, Chevrolet, 200.
  13. (18) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200.
  14. (9) Blaake Koch, Chevrolet, 199.
  15. (21) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 199.
  16. (19) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 199.
  17. (15) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 198.
  18. (20) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 198.
  19. (29) Ray Black Jr #, Chevrolet, 198.
  20. (12) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 197.
  21. (26) David Starr, Chevrolet, 197.
  22. (24) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 197.
  23. (30) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 196.
  24. (22) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, 195.
  25. (33) Travis Kvapil(i), Ford, 194.
  26. (28) Alex Guenette, Chevrolet, 193.
  27. (32) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 193.
  28. (34) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, 189.
  29. (7) Ryan Reed, Ford, 187.
  30. (37) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 187.
  31. (13) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 182.
  32. (8) Cole Custer(i), Chevrolet, 138.
  33. (27) Jeff Green, Toyota, Transmission, 70.
  34. (39) Todd Peck, Ford, Electrical, 63.
  35. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, Transmission, 57.
  36. (35) Dexter Bean, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 47.
  37. (31) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Suspension, 43.
  38. (38) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, Oil Pump, 17.
  39. (40) John Jackson, Toyota, Vibration, 9.
  40. (25) Matt DiBenedetto(i), Toyota, Rear Gear, 3.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  144.258 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 05 Mins, 24 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.455 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 22 laps.

Lead Changes:  11 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Busch(i) 1-27; R. Black Jr # 28; J. Green 29; K. Busch(i) 30-54; R. Chastain 55; K. Busch(i) 56-106; T. Dillon 107-108; K. Busch(i) 109-158; T. Dillon 159-166; K. Busch(i) 167-174; E. Jones # 175-177; K. Busch(i) 178-201.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Busch(i) 6 times for 185 laps; T. Dillon 2 times for 10 laps; E. Jones # 1 time for 3 laps; R. Black Jr # 1 time for 1 lap; J. Green 1 time for 1 lap; R. Chastain 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: D. Suarez – 537; E. Sadler – 528; T. Dillon – 518; E. Jones # – 480; B. Gaughan – 477; J. Allgaier – 472; B. Jones # – 459; B. Poole # – 454; D. Wallace Jr – 430; R. Reed – 37.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 9 2016
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