Kyle Busch completes second leg of Bristol trifecta with Xfinity win

Two down, one to go.

Kyle Busch continued his charge to a weekend sweep of the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway with a victory in the Food City 300 on Friday night.

Busch also dominated on his way to victory in Wednesday night’s Truck race.

Busch easily cleared Daniel Suarez on a restart with eight of 300 laps remaining and held on for his fifth win this season in nine starts. The win was also the 91st of his Xfinity Series career.

Victory Lane at Bristol is a familiar place for Busch – Friday night’s win is his 19th across NASCAR’s three national series.

“Great car. All the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing did a phenomenal job,” Busch said after stopping his No. 18 Toyota on the track. “This is cool to race with these guys. I love to race with this team.

“It’s nice to come out here and race in this series. It was awesome off the truck yesterday. The Joe Gibbs Racing engine was really strong. I want to thank ‘Rowdy Nation’ as well – we’ve had a great week so far, hopefully it works out for us tomorrow.”

Elliott Sadler finished third, Ty Dillon was fourth and Justin Allgaier completed the top-five.

As he did in Wednesday night’s Truck race, Busch had to overcome an early-race speeding penalty on pit road to win the race. He started last at the start of Stage 2 and was back in the lead with 13 laps remaining in the 85-lap segment.

Stage 2

Busch won Stage 2 in the most difficult way possible – having to come from the rear of the field to do it.

Busch, who started from the back after receiving a speeding penalty during pit stops between Stages 1 and 2, returned to the lead with 13 laps remaining in the 85-lap segment.

Allgaier again finished second, Suarez was third, Sadler was fourth and Austin Dillon completed the top five.

Allgaier began the Stage in the lead but after a lengthy side-by-side battle with Suarez, Suarez moved into the top spot with 23 laps left in the segment. Suarez remained out front until Busch made his way back to the front.

Stage 1

After several restart battles with Allgaier, Busch was able to hold off the Xfinity Series regular to earn the Stage 1 victory.

Busch led 69 laps of the 85-lap first segment. Allgaier led the other 16.

Joey Logano finished third, Suarez was fourth and Tyler Reddick completed the top-five.

During a round of pit stops after the completion of Stage 1, Busch, Logano, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan were all penalized by NASCAR for speeding on pit road sending then to the rear of the field to start Stage 2.

Ryan Reed was involved in two accidents in the first segment, the first in an incident with Aric Almirola. Later he slammed the wall after suffering a flat tire and went to the garage, bringing an early end to his night.

Click on image to watch highlights from the win:

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTime
1 18 united_states Kyle Busch  Toyota 300  
2 20 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 300 1.181
3 1 united_states Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 300 2.174
4 3 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 300 2.440
5 7 united_states Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 300 2.952
6 48 united_states Brennan Poole  Chevrolet 300 3.361
7 21 united_states Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 300 3.558
8 2 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 300 3.662
9 22 united_states Joey Logano  Ford 300 3.869
10 00 united_states Cole Custer  Ford 300 4.032
11 42 united_states Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 300 4.333
12 5 united_states Michael Annett  Chevrolet 300 9.838
13 88 united_states Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chevrolet 299 1 lap
14 11 united_states Blake Koch  Chevrolet 299 1 lap
15 4 united_states Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 299 1 lap
16 14 united_states J.J. Yeley  Toyota 299 1 lap
17 19 united_states Matt Tifft  Toyota 298 2 laps
18 51 united_states Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 298 2 laps
19 96 united_states Ben Kennedy  Chevrolet 297 3 laps
20 33 united_states Brandon Jones  Chevrolet 297 3 laps
21 07 united_states Ray Black Jr.  Chevrolet 297 3 laps
22 9 united_states William Byron  Chevrolet 297 3 laps
23 23 united_states Spencer Gallagher  Chevrolet 296 4 laps
24 28 united_states Dakoda Armstrong  Toyota 296 4 laps
25 90 united_states Brandon Brown  Chevrolet 294 6 laps
26 8 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 291 9 laps
27 52 united_states Joey Gase  Chevrolet 290 10 laps
28 40 united_states Chad Finchum  Chevrolet 289 11 laps
29 24 united_states Jeb Burton  Toyota 281 19 laps
30 62 united_states Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 278 22 laps
31 01 united_states Harrison Rhodes  Chevrolet 239 61 laps
32 39 united_states Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 217 83 laps
33 78 united_states Tommy Joe Martins  Chevrolet 210 90 laps
34 0 united_states Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 204 96 laps
35 74 united_states Mike Harmon  Dodge 80 220 laps
36 13 united_states Timmy Hill  Dodge 56 244 laps
37 16 united_states Ryan Reed  Ford 38 262 laps
38 98 united_states Aric Almirola  Ford 25 275 laps
39 93 united_states Jeff Green  Chevrolet 18 282 laps
40 99 united_states David Starr  Chevrolet 11 289 laps
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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Bristol II
Track Bristol Motor Speedway
Drivers Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Race report