Kyle Busch Nails His 89th Xfinity Series Victory

Kyle Busch extended his Xfinity Series win record to 89 victories
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Kyle Busch's celebratory burnout produced a cloud of smoke over the frontstretch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but Ryan Preece's first run in top-of-the-line equipment made an even bigger impression in Saturday's Overton's 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

After a major snafu on pit road took a potential win away from Brad Keselowski, who had arguably the fastest car at the Magic Mile, Busch cruised to a 10.425-second victory, collecting his third win in six starts this season, his sixth at NHMS and the 89th of his career, extending his series record.

Driving the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota first the first time, Preece finished second to his far more experienced teammate and left the track hoping his performance will open the eyes of someone looking for talent behind the wheel.

"This is something I dreamed about, to be honest with you," said Preece, who won Friday's All-Star modified race and finished second in Saturday's 100-lap preliminary to the XFINITY event. "I work hard week-in and week-out at the modifieds, so to be able to have this opportunity means a lot to me."

Ryan Preece ran second is his first start for Joe Gibbs Racing
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Preece, who will race at Iowa on July 29 in his only other scheduled event in the No. 20 car, ran the full NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule last year in Johnny Davis' No. 01 Chevrolet.

"I don't take back doing what I did last year," Preece said. "It was great. People don't even know that I ran full-time, but I got laps. That's what you need sometimes. I've been doing this all my life, so all I needed was the right opportunity.

"Joe Gibbs gave it to me. Congratulations to Kyle, my teammate. That's pretty cool to say. Right?"

The race, which ran without a caution from a restart on Lap 97 to the finish at Lap 200, turned on the final cycle of green-flag pit stops. Busch ducked onto pit road on Lap 169 for fuel and fresh tires.

Keselowski, who led a race-high 102 laps, brought his car to the pits on Lap 170 but had to angle his No. 22 Ford around Kyle Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet, which had started to leave its pit stall as Keselowski pulled in.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"] When the jack dropped and Keselowski accelerated, the gas can was still locked into its coupler, and the forward motion of the car pulled both the can and the fueler out of the No. 22's pit stall.

Keselowski had to serve a stop-and-go penalty for dragging equipment outside the pit box. His winning chances gone, Keselowski finished fifth, more than 18 seconds in arrears, as one of six cars on the lead lap.

"I think we kind of coaxed those guys into having to rush themselves and hurry a little bit (by pitting first with a flawless stop), and maybe we put the pressure and that was the difference today," Busch said. "So great day for us and excited to have the opportunity to be in Victory Lane again here in New Hampshire."

Keselowski had a succinct summation of the afternoon.

"It's always fun being fast and leading the most laps and all that, but we just didn't put the whole race together today," he said.

Sunoco rookie of the year frontrunner William Byron ran third, with Larson, Keselowski and Ben Kennedy behind him. Byron is second in the series standings, 45 points behind leader Elliott Sadler, who ran seventh, the first driver one lap down.

RACE RESULTS

Pos. # Driver Make Start Laps Led Status Points Playoff Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1 200 77 Running 0 0
2 20 Ryan Preece Toyota 6 200 2 Running 51 0
3 9 William Byron Chevy 7 200 0 Running 42 11
4 42 Kyle Larson Chevy 3 200 11 Running 0 0
5 22 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 200 102 Running 0 0
6 2 Ben Kennedy Chevy 13 200 0 Running 32 0
7 1 Elliott Sadler Chevy 8 199 5 Running 42 4
8 3 Ty Dillon Chevy 12 199 0 Running 0 0
9 00 Cole Custer Ford 10 199 0 Running 28 0
10 48 Brennan Poole Chevy 9 199 0 Running 33 0
11 19 Matt Tifft Toyota 4 199 1 Running 30 0
12 21 Daniel Hemric Chevy 5 199 0 Running 25 1
13 11 Blake Koch Chevy 14 199 0 Running 24 1
14 16 Ryan Reed Ford 19 198 0 Running 23 5
15 14 JJ Yeley Toyota 21 198 0 Running 22 0
16 5 Michael Annett Chevy 23 198 0 Running 21 0
17 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 16 197 0 Running 20 1
18 01 Harrison Rhodes Chevy 24 197 0 Running 19 0
19 4 Ross Chastain Chevy 18 197 0 Running 18 0
20 39 Ryan Sieg Chevy 20 197 0 Running 17 0
21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevy 26 197 0 Running 16 0
22 24 Dylan Lupton Toyota 39 196 0 Running 15 0
23 0 Garrett Smithley Chevy 25 195 0 Running 14 0
24 28 Dakoda Armstrong Toyota 15 195 0 Running 13 0
25 52 Joey Gase Chevy 34 195 0 Running 12 0
26 8 BJ McLeod Chevy 27 194 0 Running 11 0
27 07 Spencer Boyd Chevy 32 193 0 Running 10 0
28 40 Timmy Hill Dodge 33 186 0 Running 9 0
29 78 Tommy Joe Martins Chevy 31 185 0 Running 8 0
30 99 David Starr Chevy 28 184 0 Running 7 0
31 74 Mike Harmon Dodge 38 178 0 Running 6 0
32 7 Justin Allgaier Chevy 11 173 2 Running 10 7
33 90 Martin Roy Chevy 37 163 0 Engine 4 0
34 33 Brandon Jones Chevy 22 157 0 Running 3 0
35 23 Spencer Gallagher Chevy 17 156 0 Suspension 2 0
36 13 Carl Long Chevy 36 67 0 Electrical 1 0
37 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevy 35 59 0 Suspension 1 0
38 93 Jeff Green Chevy 30 15 0 Electrical 1 0
39 15 Reed Sorenson Chevy 29 7 0 Brakes 0 0
40 72 John Jackson Dodge 40 4 0 Vibration 1 0


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