Kyle Busch wins Great Clips 250 in first Xfinity Series race since Daytona crash

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In his first Xfinity Series race since injuring both legs in February’s Daytona race, Kyle Busch led 27 laps and returned to victory lane in the Great Clips 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

With four laps to go, Busch charged passed Chase Elliott in the closing laps after a brief red flag  for a four-car crash with 14 laps to go. Busch and Elliott were there after race leaders Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick got into each other a few laps before and nearly avoiding wrecking. Elliott took advantage and led five laps before Busch pounced and led the way to his 71st Xfinity Series win.

“This is only a preliminary to what we got to do for Sundays, but this is a start,” Busch told Fox. “Can’t say enough about this team.”

Busch was congratulated in Victory Lane by Darrell Wallace Jr., who finished 15th, and was quickly joined by his wife, Samantha, and his son Brexton Locke Busch, who was born on May 18.

“You never know when it’s your last (race), obviously that’s for sure after Daytona and what happened,” Busch said. “I can’t say enough about my wife and my family and my friends, everybody that pushed me so hard to get me back to here and get me back in the race cars and doing what I love to do. Thankful that Brexton is here today, he’s hanging out with us and sleeping right through it. He’ll see the pictures of it when he’s a little older, but I’m not so sure he’ll remember today.”

In a pre-race interview with Fox, Busch hadn’t seemed very confident his No. 54 Toyota had what it took to get to Victory Lane.

“(I’m not) too surprised we’re standing here,” Busch said. “I knew we had a good piece, I just didn’t think we had a winning piece. We saw it with restarts all day long, how they were back and forth.”

Busch first took the lead 16 laps into the race and would lead three more times. There were 13 lead changes among seven drivers. Logano led four times for 54 laps before his dust up with Harvick.

“Harvick and Joey getting at it there in the corner a little bit obviously helped our day,” Busch said. “I don’t know if we could have passed (Logano), but we were really close to the 22 today. It was kind of all dependent on who got out front first.”

Busch was followed by Elliott, Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher and Elliott Sadler.

Including a competition caution on Lap 27 and the red flag period, there were eight cautions for 26 laps.

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How Kyle Busch won: After starting 12th, Busch led three times for 27 laps, including the final four. Busch put himself in position to take advantage of a Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano mishap when he went from 12th to fourth on a restart with 30 laps to go.

Who had a good day: Chris Buescher started 20th but led 23 laps before finishing fourth, increasing his points lead over Ty Dillon to to 25 points … After starting 16th, Aric Almirola took advantage of late cautions and contact between Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano to finish in the top five, his first of 2015. Thanks to cautions, Denny Hamlin bounced back from running out of gas with 47 to go to finish 10th.

Who had a bad day: Darrell Wallace Jr. started the day off great, racing in the top three. During a Lap 44 caution, Wallace lost four positions on pit road then fell back to 16th thinking he was losing a tire. Wallace was involved in a three-car accident on Lap 108 but finished 15th on the lead lap  … Daniel Suarez was running in 15th when his No. 18 Toyota spun in Turn 2. Suarez finished 20th, one-lap down in his first career race at Michigan … Defending race winner Paul Menard led once for five laps, but brought out the caution and the red flag with 14 laps to go after he hit the wall to start a four-car wreck. Menard managed to finish 18th on the lead lap.

Quote of the Day: “You got to start somewhere, right?” – Kyle Busch after winning his first Xfinity Series race after recovering from leg injuries at Daytona International Speedway in February.

Notable: Kyle Larson (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Michigan International Speedway. … Chase Elliott (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International

What’s next: Chicago 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, June 28, at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

COTA Cup starting lineup


Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, who has won two of the first five races of the season, will lead the Cup field to the green flag Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron will be joined on the front row of the starting lineup by Tyler Reddick, the only driver to win multiple races at road courses last year.

MORE: COTA Cup starting lineup

Austin Cindric starts third and is joined in the second row by Jordan Taylor, who is filling in for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick car.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

William Byron wins Cup pole at COTA


William Byron will start on the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas.

Byron won the pole with a lap of 93.882 mph around the 3.41-mile road course Saturday. He becomes the first Cup driver to win a pole at four different road courses: Charlotte Roval (2019), Road America (2021), Indianapolis road course (2021) and COTA (2023).

MORE: COTA Cup starting lineup

Byron will be joined on the front row by Tyler Reddick, who had posted the fastest lap in Friday’s practice and fastest lap in the opening round of qualifying Saturday. Reddick qualified at 93.783 mph.

Austin Cindric (93.459 mph) qualified third. Former IMSA champion Jordan Taylor, substituting for an injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, qualified fourth with a lap of 93.174 mph. AJ Allmendinger (93.067) will start fifth.

Taylor’s performance is the best qualifying effort by a driver making their Cup debut since Boris Said started second in his Cup debut at Watkins Glen in 1999.

Ross Chastain, who won this event a year ago, qualified 12th. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen qualified 22nd, former world champion Jenson Button qualified 24th, seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson qualified 31st and IndyCar driver Conor Daly qualified 35th.

Sunday Cup race at Circuit of the Americas: Start time, TV info, weather


Is this Toyota’s weekend?

Chevrolet won the first four races of the season. Ford won last weekend with Joey Logano at Atlanta. Is it Toyota’s turn to win its first Cup race of the season? Or does Chevrolet return to dominance?

Chevrolet drivers have won 11 of the past 12 Cup races on road courses. The exception was Christopher Bell‘s win for Toyota at the Charlotte Roval in last year’s playoffs. Chevrolets have won the two previous Cup races at COTA: Chase Elliott in 2021 and Ross Chastain in 2022.

Details for Sunday’s Cup race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: Brendan Hunt, who plays Coach Beard in “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV+, will give the command to start engines at 3:38 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:49 p.m.

PRERACE: Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. … Drivers meeting at 2:45 p.m. … Driver introductions at 3:05 p.m. … Invocation will be given by Sage Steele, ESPN broadcaster, at 3:30 p.m. … Jaime Camil, actor from “Schmigadoon” on Apple TV+, will perform the national anthem at 3:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 68 laps (231.88 miles) on the 3.41-mile, 20-turn road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 15. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 3:30 p.m. Pre-race coverage begins at 2 p.m. on FS1 and moves to Fox at 3 p.m. … Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. and will also stream at; SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.


FORECAST: Weather Underground – Mostly cloudy with a high of 80 degrees and a 2% chance of rain at the start of the race.

STARTING LINEUP: COTA Cup starting lineup

LAST YEAR: Ross Chastain scored his first career Cup win in a physical battle with AJ Allmendinger on the final lap. Alex Bowman finished second. Christopher Bell placed third.


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NASCAR Saturday schedule at Circuit of the Americas


Saturday will be a busy day at Circuit of the Americas, as all three national series are on the track.

Cup will qualify ahead of the Craftsman Truck and Xfinity Series races.

The forecast Saturday calls for sunny conditions and no chance of rain all day. The high is expected to be 69 degrees during Cup qualifying, 76 degrees at the start of the Truck race and 81 degrees for the start of the Xfinity race.

Zane Smith looks to win his second consecutive Truck race at the road course in Austin, Texas. AJ Allmendinger seeks his second consecutive Xfinity win at COTA.

Saturday, March 25

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 10:30 a.m.  — Truck Series
  • 2 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup qualifying (FS1)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Truck race (42 laps, 143 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 5 p.m. — Xfinity race (46 laps, 156 miles; FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)