Kyle Busch: One step closer to weekend sweep
By Matt Courson
August 18, 2017
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Kyle Busch survived yet another mid-race speeding penalty and swept all three stages Friday night at Bristol to capture the Food City 300 victory.
Busch claimed the 91st career victory of his career.
Busch led a race-high 186 of 300 laps, and is now one step closer to completing the Bristol sweep, something that has not been completed by Busch since 2010.
Busch gave his thoughts on the possibility of completing the sweep.
“I think we can, yeah,” Busch said. “We’ve got a fast car.”
STAGE ONE (LAPS 1-85)
Kyle Busch started alongside Joey Logano to begin the Food City 300, with Busch getting the advantage. Busch went on to lead the opening 16 laps.
The first yellow flag of the evening flew on lap 12 for David Starr. His car experienced a suspension failure entering the second turn and slammed into the Turn 1 wall.
The yellow flag flew once again on lap 25 for an incident involving Ryan Reed, Aric Almirola, and Spencer Gallagher. While going three-wide into Turn 3, Gallagher clipped the left-rear quarter panel of Almirola and sent him into the wall, collecting Reed in the process.
Reed was unable to fix damage sustained in the previous accident and experienced a flat right front tire on lap 39 and went up into the Turn 3 wall. The third yellow flag of the evening was displayed.
Kyle Busch sailed off into the sunset, claiming the stage one victory.
STAGE TWO (LAPS 86-170)
During green flag pit stops, race leader Kyle Busch suffered a speeding penalty, handing the lead back to XFINITY Series regular Justin Allgaier.
Allgaier got an early lead, leading the opening 59 laps of Stage 2.
Brandon Jones experienced a flat left-front tire on Lap 124, and spun off the banking in Turn 4 and down the frontstretch.
The green flag waved yet again on Lap 130 with Allgaier selecting the outside.
Joey Logano experienced a flat tire on the restart, and came down to the pit lane, losing two laps in the process.
Kyle Busch soared back to the lead on lap 157, and went on to win Stage 2.
STAGE THREE (LAPS 171-300)
Daniel Suarez powered around Kyle Busch on the restart, but was unable to hold off Elliott Sadler.
Sadler was out front for 15 laps, but Kyle Busch used the high line to pass the driver of the No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet.
Tommy Joe Martins brought out the seventh caution of the evening after experiencing a flat left-front tire.
With 16 laps remaining, Jeb Burton made contact with Brendan Gaughan, causing Gaughan to spin up into the wall in Turn 2. Gaughan would ultimately finish 30th.
The green flag waved with eight laps remaining. Busch had the advantage over Suarez entering Turn 1.
Suarez was no match for Busch, as the driver of the No. 18 NOS Toyota went on to claim the 91st career victory in the XFINITY Series by a margin of 1.81 seconds.
Daniel Suarez finished second, followed by Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon. Justin Allgaier rounded out the top-five.
This marks Busch’s fifth win in 2017, and ninth win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the XFINITY Series.
Daniel Suarez has posted five top-five finishes in six starts at the .533-mile speedway.
Daniel Hemric, who finished seventh, is the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the XFINITY Series point standings by 110 points over rookie William Byron.
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