Kyle Busch won the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his fifth Xfinity Series win of the year.
He led 186 laps and swept all three stages.
Kyle Busch once again dominated a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, winning Friday night’s Food City 300.
Busch led 186 laps on the way to the win, his fifth Xfinity Series victory of the season.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver fended off the field in a nine-lap shootout following a late caution.
Busch moved one step closer to a sweep of the race week. He won Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series race. If he wins Saturday’s Cup race, it will be the second time he’s swept all three Bristol races after doing it in 2010.
Just like Wednesday, Busch fought through the field after a mid-race speeding penalty to earn the win.
“At least I didn’t have to come through (the field) in the last stage because everybody was pretty fast there tonight in the last stage,” Busch said. “I don’t know if I would have been able to make it all the way back up through there. Suárez gave us a heck of a run there. I was trying to push hard and he was closing in on us a little bit there before that last caution came out. Once that caution came out everything cooled down and my car wasn’t even close to what it was before, so I don’t know how I held on to it. The car was just so sideways.”
The win is Busch’s 91st in the Xfinity Series.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch
STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Busch
WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Allgaier led twice for 75 laps and earned his sixth top five of the season … Sadler led once for 15 laps and clinched a spot in the playoffs … Ty Dillon earned his second top five of the season and beset finish in 19 starts … Joey Logano bounced back from a flat tire and going to two laps down to finish ninth.
WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Ryan Reed and Aric Almirola wrecked on Lap 25 after they pinched Spencer Gallagher on the backstretch. Almirola finished 38th. … Reed caused the following caution after damage from the previous wreck cut a tire, sending him into the wall. Reed finished 37th … Brendan Gaughan had one unscheduled pit stop for a tire rub. He was then involved in a crash with 15 to go after being tagged by Jeb Burton, who had lost a tire. He finished 30th … William Byron lost a tire with less than 10 to go and had to pit. He finished 22nd.
NOTABLE: With his win, Busch is nine wins away from reaching 100 Xfinity wins. Busch has said he’ll retire from Xfinity competition once he reaches 100 … Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 13th in his first Xfinity start of the year.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “Two weeks in a row. I know he doesn’t have a lot of race and I like him a lot normally, but right now I’m going to knock the hell out of him. The first time he gave me a flat and the second time he says he blew a tire. If you know you’ve got a tire going then don’t drive underneath somebody. The last couple of weeks I’ve been driven with no respect. We put ourselves back in a decent spot and we’re going to go to Road America and win that sucker.” – Brendan Gaughan after his late wreck with Jeb Burton.
NEXT: Johnsonville 180 at Road America at 3 p.m. ET on Aug. 27 on NBC.
Kyle Busch won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Food City 300 after a shortened qualifying session due to rain at Bristol Motor Speedway.
A lengthy rain delay led NASCAR to hold a single, 20-minute round to determine the pole, and Busch earned it with speed of 127.157 mph.
“It’s just a matter of waiting a little bit, seeing what the track had in it and trying to go get it,” Busch told NBCSN. “Starting up front that will help things for us. We’re a little off on balance there for our run and would like to make some adjustments here in order to make it better so we’re closer at the start of the race and don’t have work on it much during the race.”
It’s the 63rd Xfinity pole for Busch and his sixth of the year, which leads the series.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 17th in his first Xfinity start of the year.
Busch is attempting to sweep all three NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway this week, like he did in 2010. He won Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series. He’s won from the pole three times this season in Xfinity competition.
The race is scheduled to begin at 7:43 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
After two road courses, the Xfinity Series goes short track racing tonight with the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
While Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes his first Xfinity start of the year, Kyle Busch attempts to get his second win of the week as he tries to complete a sweep of all three NASCAR races in “Thunder Valley.”
Below is all the info you need ahead of tonight’s race on NBCSN.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Kenny Hawkins, WJHL-TV News Channel 11 anchor and sports director, will give the command to start engines at 7:38 p.m. Green flag is set for 7:43 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 300 laps (159.9 miles) around the .533-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 85. Stage 2 ends on Lap 170.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Qualifying is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:05 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Jason Lovins will perform the Anthem at 7:31 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race at 7:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Countdown to Green. The Performance Racing Network radio broadcast begins at 7 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts a temperature of 81 degrees and a 32 percent chance of rain at race time.
LAST TIME: In April, Erik Jones led the final 21 laps and won his second Bristol spring race. Last August, Austin Dillon won the Food City 300 in an overtime finish. The only laps he led were the final four.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup.
Kyle Busch was fastest in the final Xfinity Series practice session for Friday’s Food City 300.
Busch posted a top speed of 124.315 mph around Bristol Motor Speedway.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is attempting to sweep all three NASCAR races this weekend after he won last night’s Truck Series race.
Tyler Reddick recorded the most laps in the session with 105.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 17th fastest in the session.