On March 19, 2016, Kyle Busch looked well on his way to winning his fourth consecutive Xfinity Series race to begin the season.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had led 133 of 200 laps in a race at Auto Club Speedway.
Then on Lap 200, moments after taking the white flag, Busch’s left-front tire gave out. That allowed teammate Daniel Suarez to speed by in Turn 2.
But Suarez’ time in the lead was short lived. His No. 19 Toyota had barely exited the turn when it ran out of gas.
With Suarez falling off the pace on the apron, Busch was able to drive his wounded car back to the point position entering Turn 3.
With Busch limping along, Austin Dillon‘s No. 3 Chevrolet pounced in Turn 4. Dillon darted to the outside of Busch and scrapped the wall as he navigated a small hole left by Busch.
Dillon drove away to lead his only lap of the race and to claim his seventh career Xfinity win.
“I was worried about our fuel, stayed focus on that the whole time,” Dillon told Fox Sports. “(Busch) tried to screw me there at the end, but didn’t work out for him, did it?”
Busch would bounce back to win the following week at Texas. He would go on to win 10 times in 17 Xfinity starts that year.
Also on this date:
1995: After a five-year break from the track, David Green wins in the Xfinity Series’ return to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
2000: Ward Burton ended a five-year winless streak in the Cup Series with a victory at Darlington Raceway. It was his second of five career wins, all with Bill Davis Racing.