Kyle Busch wins Kansas Lottery 300, few Xfinity Chase drivers left unscathed
Kyle Busch led 150 of 200 laps Saturday in winning the Xfinity Series’ Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Busch earned his 85th Xfinity win and ninth of the year.
Busch did it in a race where only three of the eight remaining Chase drivers finished on the lead lap. Busch had been a lap down and took a wavearound after a caution came out in the middle of green-flag stops.
“There was a lot of things trying to work against us there towards the end,” Busch said. “We just persevered and made it through everything.”
Busch has won the past three Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway.
All five Chase drivers who finished off the lead lap were involved in accidents with less than 35 laps left in the race.
Busch was followed by Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano and Kyle Larson. The third Xfinity Chase driver on the lead lap was Blake Koch (ninth).
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Elliott Sadler finished second, earning his 15th straight top 10 ... Daniel Suarez led six laps and finished third, his seventh top five in eight races ... Regan Smith finished sixth for his first top 10 in three Xfinity starts this year ... Matt DiBenedetto finished 11th. In 15 Xfinity starts this season, it’s only the second race he’s finished.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Cole Custer was involved in three cautions, including a five-car wreck on Lap 165 that collected Chase drivers Darrell Wallace Jr and Justin Allgaier. Custer finished 35th, Wallace 33rd and Allgaier 14th … Brendan Gaughan was another Chase causality, spinning out of Turn 4 with 23 laps left and slid through the grass, receiving significant damage. After being cleared in the medical center, Gaughan dashed back to his car, returning to the race with less than 10 laps left and finishing 31st … Erik Jones raced up front most of the day until contact with Kyle Larson on a restart with 24 to go sent him into Ty Dillon. Jones’ Toyota began smoking from damage, and he pitted before finishing 15th, one lap down.
NOTABLE: If Team Penske’s No. 22 car does not win the Nov. 5 race at Texas Motor Speedway, it will have been a full year since the team’s last victory.
NEXT: O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET