Spin and win: Busch holds off Penske duo to get first XFINITY victory at The Glen
By Tyler Head
August 5, 2017
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – An early race spin, a pit penalty, a fast Penske Racing tandem and a late-race restart were not enough to deny Kyle Busch his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Watkins Glen International.
Busch led the first 16 laps of the race before spinning off course in Turn 1 on lap 17. Just a few laps later, a pit stall violation in the pits sent the No. 18 NOS Rowdy Toyota to the rear of the field.
It didn’t take long for Busch to recover, though. By the end of stage two on lap 40, Busch had climbed to fourth; he continued to climb up to second during the final stage and took the lead during a series of green-flag pit stops.
Despite a late-race caution that set up a restart with three laps to go, Busch held off Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski to secure the victory.
“Unfortunately I screwed up early and I got us behind, but the guys gave me such an awesome race car that we could make it back up and we were able to do that today,” Busch said.
The victory is the 90th of Busch’s XFINITY Series career. Logano and Keselowski finished second and third, respectively. Series regular Justin Allgaier and Paul Menard rounded out the top five.
Elliott Sadler continues to lead the series standings by 52 points over rookie William Byron with five races remaining before the playoffs begin.
If the playoffs were to begin today, Brendan Gaughan would be last driver to make the cutoff; he’s currently 36 points ahead of Ryan Sieg and 43 points ahead of J.J. Yeley. IMAGES Kyle Stephens/The Racing Experts