Kyle Busch dominates for Xfinity Series win at Indianapolis
Kyle Busch scored his 83rd Xfinity Series win Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in dominating fashion. He led 62 of 63 laps in the Lilly Diabetes 250 after starting on the pole and holding off Kevin Harvick in overtime.
The victory was the third straight for Busch in the Xfinity Series and his second consecutive at Indianapolis. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver also will start on the pole in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race, which he won last season.
Kevin Harvick finished second with Paul Menard third, Kyle Larson fourth and Justin Allgaier fifth. Allgaier was the highest-finishing Xfinity Series driver and took home the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.
“This NOS energy drink Camry was awesome today; it was really, really fast,” Busch told NBCSN in victory lane. “(Crew chief) Chris Gayle and all these guys deserve this win at the Brickyard. It’s a pretty awesome feeling to be able to go back to victory lane this year and hopefully, with sitting on the pole for tomorrow, we can have another sweep here.”
HOW BUSCH WON: Busch drove away from Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson on a restart with two laps to go.
WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Paul Menard picked up his fourth top-10 finish in his fifth Xfinity Series start of the season … JR Motorsports placed all three cars in the top 10 with Kevin Harvick finishing second, Justin Allgaier fifth and Elliott Sadler sixth … Jeb Burton finished 12th in his first Xfinity race since Charlotte in May and his first with Biagi DenBeste Racing
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Erik Jones had been running inside the top three when he hit the wall off Turn 2 and had to make an unscheduled pit stop. Jones later spun in Turn 1 and finished 22nd … Brennan Poole finished 11th after sitting fourth on the second to last restart … With a 14th-place finish, Darrell Wallace Jr. has placed outside the top 10 in three of the last four races
NOTABLE: With his win on Saturday, Kyle Busch holds an average finish of 1.5 in 2016 with seven wins in 11 starts. Joe Gibbs Racing has three wins at Indianapolis, which is the most of any organization.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Man, stinks to lose $100,000 like that on the last lap.” --- Elliott Sadler after being passed by teammate Justin Allgaier, who won the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Xfinity Series returns to Iowa Speedway for the second time in the U.S. Cellular 250 on July 30 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.