Kyle Busch scores 10th career Xfinity win at Phoenix
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch collected his 10th career Xfinity Series win Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway and saw two Joe Gibbs Racing teammates advance to the championship round.
The victory was Busch’s 86th in his career in the series. Busch led 190 of 200 laps.
Austin Dillon finished second. He was followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier and Daniel Suarez.
Elliott Sadler advanced to the championship despite having two loose lug nuts after the race. His crew chief, Kevin Meendering, will be suspended next weekend in Miami, but Sadler will not receive any points penalty. Sadler will be joined in the title race by JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier and Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez.
HOW KYLE BUSCH WON: Because he’s Kyle Busch. That’s what he does at Phoenix in the Xfinity Series. He dominated.
WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Justin Allgaier’s car got stronger as the race progressed and he even passed Kyle Busch on a restart, leading briefly before Busch regained the top spot. Allgaier finished fourth … Blake Koch tied his season-best finish of eighth but it wasn’t good enough to advance to the title round. The finish was just his fifth top-10 result of the season. … A night after winning the Camping World Truck Series race, Daniel Suarez placed fifth.
WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Alex Bowman, who will start on the pole for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race, slammed into the Turn 3 wall on a restart on Lap 55, ending his night. He finished 38th. … Title contender Brendan Gaughan saw his chances end when he crashed on Lap 138. He placed 35th. … Darrell Wallace Jr. saw his slim title hopes end in a crash after contact with Blake Koch. Wallace finished 32nd.
NOTABLE: Elliott Sadler’s car was found to have an issue with a lug nut after the race. He’ll race for the title but do so without his crew chief.
QUOTE OF THE RACE: “I can’t thank my Granny enough for giving me that ride, because it was fun,’’ said Darrell Wallace Jr., whose grandmother died this week.
NEXT: Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 19 on NBCSN.