Race Recap: Kyle Busch keeps going, wins fourth Xfinity race of year

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FORT WORTH — Early, late and often.

That’s been the theme of Kyle Busch‘s season in the Xfinity Series, and it continued Friday night as Busch led 150 laps to score his fourth win of the year.

Busch started from the pole, gave up the lead briefly to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones and Kyle Larson before leading the final 81 laps.

“(Crew chief) Chris Gayle, he got his money’s worth tonight, he had to work on this thing for me and make it better all night long,” Busch said. “I think some people a few years ago wrote Chris Gayle off. We worked together last year and won races. To come out as strong as we have this year, this could have been five in a row.”

It was Busch’s eighth win at Texas in the Xfinity Series, but his first with Gayle, who has 12 wins in 102 races as an Xfinity crew chief. Ten of the wins came with Busch.

“I think basically with the two off weeks we had, we talked a little bit about it,” Gayle said. “Thought we had been pretty good on the short runs all year long, but probably our long runs had been a little bit off. That was one thing I really wanted to be good at going into tonight.”

After leading the first four laps, Busch would lead three more times, with the second and fourth stretches totaling 63 and 81 laps.

Busch has led 776 laps in his five starts in the 2016 Xfinity season. The only start he hasn’t won was March 19 at Auto Club Speedway when he was passed by Austin Dillon out of Turn 4 on the final lap while limping along with a shredded tire.

Friday’s win was his third straight in a NASCAR national series race after becoming the first to sweep the Sprint Cup and Truck series races last week at Martinsville Speedway.

“I don’t know if I get a cookie or what,” Busch said “I’ve won a Truck race, a Cup race and an Xfinity race all three in a row. I want a cookie right now.”

The next cookie Busch will set his eyes on is Saturday’s Duck Commander 500.

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HOW KYLE BUSCH WON: Busch started from his third pole of the season and led 150 laps, including the final 81 to take his record eighth Xfinity Series win at Texas Motor Speedway.

WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: Brad Keselowski started eighth and made his way to a third-place finish. It’s his first top-five finish in the Xfinity Series this year. His previous best result in three starts was sixth … Erik Jones fought back from a penalty for crew members going over the pit wall too soon to finish second. It’s his fourth top-three finish of the year … JR Motorsports finished 4-5-6-7. Chase Elliott led the effort, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his first Xfinity start of the year, then Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler, who bounced back from an uncontrolled tire penalty on Lap 101 … Ryan Sieg finished 10th, earning the fourth top-10 finish of his Xfinity Series career.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Kyle Larson led a season high 38 laps but finished 11th … Ryan Preece brought out the caution on Lap 1 with a single-car spin on the backstretch. He finished 28th, nine laps down … Brennan Poole brought out the second caution on lap 45 when he lost a right-front tire and hit the wall in Turn 3. He finished 19th, three laps down … Daniel Suarez earned his worst finish of the year after spinning out of Turn 4 on Lap 79 to cause the third caution. He finished 16th, one lap down. In the first five races, Suarez hadn’t finished lower than eighth. Suarez still leads the standings by one point over Sadler … Tire problems caused a crash between Jeb Burton and Blake Koch with 56 laps left. Burton lost a right-side tire and hit the outside wall, where Koch couldn’t avoid ramming into him. Koch and Burton finished 34th and 35th, respectfully.

Quote of the Night: “Everybody gets a break from Kyle at Richmond, but I still have one more next week at Bristol.” – Kyle Busch

Next: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.