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Kyle Busch wins Xfinity Series Indiana 250

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Kyle Busch won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fending off Justin Allgaier in a four-lap shootout around the 2.5-mile track.

Busch earned his 96th career Xfinity Series win and his fourth career win at IMS. He has four wins in seven series starts this year.

Making his last Xfinity start of the year, Busch led 46 of 100 laps from the pole.

“Really tough to pass, even when you had a run on guys,” Busch told NBCSN. “You could pass some of the guys that were built more for long-run longevity, (Allgaier) was. You could pass him on the straightaways. … Overall, we got back in traffic and just really fought the handling of this thing, even from fourth place.”

Allgaier, who led 24 laps, finished second after winning this race last year. He has not won a race since then. He has four runner-up finishes this season.

“Kyle’s great, especially on late-race restarts,” Allgaier told NBCSN. “Our Suave Men Camaro was on rails, especially on the long run. We were able to really push though guys. … We had a couple of late-race restarts that didn’t go our way and unfortunately put us behind.”

The top five was completed by Noah Gragson, Jeb Burton and Justin Haley.

The final run to the checkered flag was set up by a wreck between Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick on a restart with eight laps to go. Restarting on the front row, Bell got loose in Turn 2 and washed up into Reddick, which sent them both into the wall.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Brandon Jones

STAGE 2 WINNER: Justin Allgaier

More: Race results and point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: JR Motorsports is the first team to put three drivers in the top five of an Xfinity race at Indy … Justin Haley earned his third top five of the year and locked himself into the playoffs on points … Austin Hill placed ninth in his Xfinity Series debut … Brandon Jones bounced back from a mid-race wreck to finish sixth.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Austin Dillon finished 34th after he suffered a fuel pressure issue and stalled on the pit access road on Lap 15 … Brandon Brown wrecked on a Lap 36 restart. He finished 28th … David Starr finished 37th after his engine expired mid-race … John Hunter Nemechek finished 31st after he wrecked in Turn 1 with 22 laps left in the race.

WHAT’S NEXT: Rhino Pro 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 14 on NBCSN

Xfinity practice report at Bristol

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Cole Custer posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final Xfinity practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Custer (123.722 mph) was followed by Justin Allgaier (123.308), Justin Haley (123.190), Chase Briscoe (123.095) and Gray Gaulding (122.811).

Noah Gragson ran the most laps at 103.

Haley had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 122.287 mph. He was followed by Custer (122.250 mph) and Allgaier (122.120).

Brandon Brown spun during the session.

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First practice session

John Hunter Nemechek posted the fastest lap in the first of two Xfinity practice sessions Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Nemechek (122.748 mph) was followed by Cole Custer (121.751), Justin Allgaier (121.382), Tyler Reddick (121.182) and Christopher Bell (120.915).

Noah Gragson ran the most laps in the session at 62.

Allgaier had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 120.505 mph. He was followed by Reddick (120.393 mph) and Zane Smith (119.753).

David Starr hit the wall early in the session.

Click here for the practice report

The final Xfinity practice is scheduled to be held from 5:05 – 5:55 p.m. ET

Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe fastest in Xfinity practices at Daytona

Justin Haley was fastest in the 2nd Xfinity practice Friday. Photo: Getty Images
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Justin Haley (189.581 mph) was fastest in the second and final Xfinity Series practice Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

Noah Gragson was second-fastest (188.743 mph), followed by Ryan Sieg (188.292), David Starr (187.141) and Jeremy Clements (186.761).

Chase Briscoe, who was fastest in the first session, was ninth-fastest (186.637 mph) in the second practice.

Only 22 drivers took part in the second session.

Click here for full results of the second practice.

In the first Xfinity practice earlier in the afternoon, Briscoe turned in the fastest speed (196.455 mph), followed by defending Daytona Xfinity race winner Tyler Reddick (196.344 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (196.202), Ross Chastain (196.002) and Haley (195.135).

Click here for full results of the first practice.

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Tanner Berryhill to race full-time for Obaika Racing in Cup in 2019

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Tanner Berryhill will compete full-time in the Cup Series next year for Obaika Racing, Berryhill announced Monday night on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Late Shift.”

The native of Bixby, Oklahoma will drive the No. 97 Toyota.

“I couldn’t be more excited than to get the news that that was all going to come together, ” Berryhill said. “We’re going to be full guns ahead towards Daytona.”

Berryhill, 25, made his first two starts in Cup points races this year in the last two races, driving the No. 97 for Obaika Racing.

His debut in the Nov. 11 playoff elimination race at Phoenix marked his first NASCAR start of any kind since the Monster Open in 2015. He has 40 Xfinity starts, with the last coming in 2014.

“I’ve been ready to go this whole time, just been waiting for somebody to call me to put me in (a ride),” Berryhill told NBC Sports last month before the Phoenix race. 

Berryhill placed 31st in Phoenix after a wreck and 38th in season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“Tanner is a very intelligent and motivated young man, and I am very excited to what he can accomplish during his rookie season,” said team owner Victor Obaika in a press release. “The Obaika Racing team is working hard through the winter to put fast cars on track next year, and I have every confidence that Tanner is going to work hard to improve every race and get the most out of our equipment. 2019 is going to be a great year for this team.”

Berryhill’s sponsor and crew chief will be announced at a later date.

Berryhill joins a rookie class that includes Daniel Hemric, Ryan Preece and Matt Tifft.

Berryhill’s two starts were just the second and third Cup starts for Obaika Racing.

The team debuted in the Nov. 4 race at Texas with David Starr.

One Cup, six Xfinity teams docked practice time Friday

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Chase Elliott is the only Cup driver who will be penalized practice time Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, while six Xfinity teams, including one title contender will miss practice time.

Elliott will miss 15 minutes for being late to inspection last weekend at Phoenix. Cup practice is from 1 – 2:20 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Xfinity title contender Christopher Bell will miss 30 minutes of opening practice for failing inspection three times last week at Phoenix. The cars of Josh Bilicki and Chase Briscoe also will miss 30 minutes for the same infraction.

David Starr will be docked 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection last week at Phoenix. The cars of Vinnie Miller and Stephen Leicht will miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 2:35 – 3:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.