Kyle Busch dominated in his second straight win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series but a runner-up finish by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Daniel Suarez, produced a new series points leader.
Just as he did last week at Atlanta, Busch – the all-time wins leader in the Xfinity Series – added a victory at a track on which he had not previously won in the series, with his first win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Busch led all but one of the 200 laps in the race, giving up the lead just one during a green-flag pit stop.
Suarez worked his way into second late in the race and was making up ground on Busch but never got in position to attempt a pass for the lead.
“We were worried about fuel, but I was more worried about Suarez there at the end. I mean, he was just really, really fast,” said Busch, who earned his 78th career win. “I was hoping we would have some long-run speed at the end but Suarez definitely faster than us when he had a clean track.
“If the roles were reversed, he would probably have been pulling away from me and I wasn’t going to be able to catch him.”
With his runner-up finish, Suarez took over the series points lead. He holds a three-point advantage over Elliott Sadler after three races. Ty Dillon is third, seven points behind the leader.
“I’m so proud of these guys on this team. All they do is build fast race cars,” Saurez said. “I felt like it took me maybe a little bit too long to figure out how to be fast with the race car in traffic, but overall my car was awesome on the last run.”
Suarez said he thought he had a realistic chance to catch Busch before the finish.
“In the last two laps I felt like I was a couple tenths (of a second) faster than him per lap but it’s all about where you catch traffic and how the traffic hurts you or doesn’t you,” he said. “He had a little bit of a hard time at the end and I had a hard time at the beginning (of the last run).”
JGR driver Erik Jones, who fell two laps down at one point after a pair of speeding penalties early in the race, battled back to a third-place finish. Chase Elliott was fourth and Austin Dillon ended up fifth.
The race was halted on Lap 137 for nearly 20 minutes after a vicious three-car accident involving Cody Ware, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Justin Marks (WATCH HERE).
Ware drove up into the marbles and spun up against the wall and drifted to a stop in the middle of the track. Wallace attempting to go below the wreck spun and slammed into Ware. Marks, attempting to go high around the wreck, hit the wall and then slammed into Wallace’s already wrecked car.
“It is just unfortunate. We were running our own race there. Top-10. Kind of fell off late in the run and getting free but we were making gains on our Ford all day and getting it better and better,” Wallace said.
“To come out with a destroyed race car, I can’t even say wrecked, it is done, killed. It is just unfortunate and I hate it for my guys. We will rebound.”
Said Marks: “When you’re that wide open and that committed, it’s hard to make any maneuver.”
All three drivers were treated and released from the infield care center.