Kyle Busch disqualified from Xfinity race; Cindric inherits win
Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Toyota failed post-race inspection, handing Austin Cindric his third consecutive win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday.
Busch originally held off Cindric in overtime in Saturday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway to secure his 98th career win but in post-race inspection, his No. 54 Toyota failed the minimum ride height requirements in post-race inspection and was disqualified.
Busch becomes the first winning driver in NASCAR’s three national series in the 2020 season to be disqualified from a race.
Once Cindric’s No. 22 Ford cleared inspection, he was declared the winner, which is now his third consecutive victory in the series after sweeping last weekend’s doubleheader at Kentucky.
"A win is a win and it’s great. It’s good for our team. It’s good momentum and obviously it’s great points," Cindric said. "If they let me go choose the guns here in a minute I might be a little more excited, but, overall, to get the cowboy hats and do the whole deal here is great. We were a contender all day and I believe we were able to do it, but it wasn’t in the cards in our race. But, you always want to win it on track.
"We feel like we really need a safety net once we get to the playoffs and I think this is helping us out. But, obviously, you saw guys close the gap from last week. We were really fast last week and we had a lot of competition this week, so we’ve got to keep pushing and keep trying to get better and find every area that we can improve because guys are not gonna rest in this garage. It’s a really strong garage with a lot of good teams.
"It’s gonna be a heck of a battle by the time we get to the playoffs.”
Cindric also becomes the ninth different driver to win three or more consecutive races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The most recent driver to do it was Christopher Bell in 2018.
Busch's team does have 24 hours to appeal the decision, if it so chooses.
Race Winner Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang
Photo by: John Harrelson / NKP / Motorsport Images
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