When Kyle Busch gets behind the wheel of NASCAR XFINITY Series car, it’s generally not a question of if he’ll win, but of how dominant he’ll be while doing it.
Friday night (Sept. 9) at Richmond International Raceway, Busch put on yet another clinic in the series, driving his No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing to Victory Lane for his eighth win in 14 starts this season. The damage? In all, Busch led 197 of 250 laps after taking the lead from Austin Dillon, who paced the first 51. Only Erik Jones, who led two laps, took the point at any time after then.
Jones wound up second behind his Gibbs teammate, the highest finishing XFINITY regular of the race. Brad Keselowski pulled out third, followed by Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports in fourth and fifth.
Ty Dillon, Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Alex Bowman and Brennan Poole rounded out the top 10.
The caution flag flew twice for 14 total laps, with just one accident — between Justin Marks and JJ Yeley — on lap 50, while the other on lap 165 came for debris.
With just one race to go before the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase lineup is decided, Sadler, Suarez and Jones remain the only drivers to have won their way in. The rest of the field will be filled by points, down to 12 overall. Ryan Sieg currently holds the final spot, 20 ahead of Dakoda Armstrong.
The series will contest its final race before the Chase next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
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