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Kyle Busch Takes Kansas Xfinity Win



Kyle Busch is used to winning races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. What made Saturday’s race at Kansas different is that he took advantage of others’ mistakes to claim the victory.

Busch was the top contender early on but seemed to rely on the opposition eliminating each other late to claim the Kansas Lottery 300. It was his 9th win of the season in only 16 series starts. Kyle’s 85th career win came on the heels of his 8th pole position of the year. Busch has won 7 of those times that he began in the number one starting spot. It was also his 4th win Xfinity win at Kansas and third in a row at the 1.5 mile Kansas oval.

From the very outset, it was apparent that the NOS Toyota Camry of his Joe Gibbs Racing team was the class of the field. Busch was putting cars in the top 15 a lap down by the 40th lap of the event. A slew of cautions brought the field together and others had their share of the lead during the latter stages. Busch patiently worked his way up as his adversaries kept running into problems. Busch regained the top spot on lap 187 and led the final 13 to beat Elliott Sadler to the stripe.

The first race of round two of the Xfinity Series chase saw a major blow to the championship hopes of several chase drivers. Darrell Wallace Jr and teammate Ryan Reed both took significant hits in the standings. A multi-car crash on lap 164 swept up Wallace’s Ford, in addition to Reed, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Seig and more. Wallace was out of the race at the end, credited with 33rd position, but Reed was able to continue on after repairs. The same accident also ended the series debut for Cole Custer. Custer will run the Xfinity schedule in 2017 for Stewart-Haas Racing’s new team.

The next driver to run into trouble was Brendan Gaughan. Gaughan spun off turn 4 and slid through the infield grass, damaging the front of his car. The mishap left him 31st at the finish. He also faces a long climb to make the final round without a victory in the next 2 races. Then Ty Dillon made contact with Erik Jones while racing for the lead. The damage cut down Jones’ tire, forcing him to pit road. Jones would finish 15th.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series continues the chase for the championship on November 5th at Texas Motor Speedway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge can be seen on NBC at 3:30 pm ET.