Top full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers threw their hay shares at No.54 Kyle Busch during Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 250 at Texas Motor Speedway.
However, that wasn’t enough to stop Busch from breaking out of the victory lane, as he emerged victorious from a two-way duel with Justin Allgaier on the final leg. Busch, who conceded the lead to Allgaier in the restarts with 52 and 41 laps to go, took the lead at the most important moment, overtaking with 29 circuits to go and staying there the rest of the way.
Busch had to make two final positions in the final laps to seal the victory. After a warning with less than 10 laps to go on a Myatt Snider spin, Busch opened up a big gap as the race resumed, using the inside line to his advantage. It was to no avail as Harrison Burton took a hard hit against the outside wall after washing off the PJ1 traction compound. It was the same song but a different verse in overtime with Busch taking a lead on the reboot and walking away, improving Allgaier to claim his 10th Xfinity victory in Texas and 99th overall in the series.
“Overall such a great car,” Busch told NASCAR on Fox after his win. “I just got to think about a few things there on a few reboots that may or may not work, but there in the end they did.”
Allgaier was second, followed by Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones to complete the top five. Behind them were AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley and Michael Annett. Cindric was very early, winning the first stage and Busch winning the second.
“We were already about to be really close, it only got worse at the end,” Allgaier told Performance Racing Network after the race. “It was nice to go there and have a really solid day. We had a great day and Kyle beat us. He’s a very good driver and he just beat us today.
The race had eight warnings on the track. Aside from the late spins from Snider and Harrison Burton, the only warning involving drivers ahead of the field came on lap 60 when contact from behind by Josh Berry sent Jeb Burton spinning. Berry continued and finished 19th, Burton finishing 32nd.
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Jeb Burton chatted with Josh Berry with Berry still in the car. pic.twitter.com/rqCuy9GC5z
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“We had a good car. We were going to be in the top ten, the top six and we were eliminated, ”said Burton. “Very frustrated, our guys are working way too hard to get run over like this. I said my peace and that’s it.
The other multi-car incident of the race occurred during a frenzied start of the third stage. As Busch, Allgaier and Cindric went three wide to take the lead, Gray Gaulding, Tanner Berryhill and Matt Mills came together in a three-car scrimmage.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns next Saturday for the Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway. The green flag is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.