Kyle Busch survived an overtime restart at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon to score his second win in the Xfinity Series this season. He now has 98 career wins in the series.
It was a hot one on and off the track at Texas Saturday afternoon as the NASCAR Xfinity Series returned to action.
Michael Annett would lead the field to green, but down the backstretch, Austin Cindric, who swept last weekend’s races at Kentucky Speedway, would lead lap one.
On lap four, Noah Gragson got into Riley Herbst in turn four to bring out the caution. This was the 12th time in 16 races where Gragson was involved in an on-track incident. Herbst would end up retiring from the race.
The aggressive driving would continue on lap 17 as Matt Mills drove through Myatt Snider coming off of turn two. Snider came into the race only 12 points below the playoff cutline.
Cindric would go on to lead up until lap 34 when Justin Allgaier cleared him down the frontstretch. Allgaier would go on to win stage one to collect his sixth stage win of 2020.
Allgaier would go on to sweep the stages as he led 40 laps in stage two to give him seven stage wins in 2020.
At the beginning of the final stage, rookie Anthony Alfredo would lead the first five laps. However, his car would not turn off of turn two and he slammed the wall on lap 106 to bring out a caution.
10 laps later, Gragson’s aggressiveness would return to haunt him as Cindric would take the air off of his left-rear quarter panel, which put Gragson into the wall off of turn two. He would end up retiring from the race.
There would be a 78-lap green-flag run with the pit strategy battle coming down to Allgaier, Cindric and Busch.
As Allgaier was coming off of pit road, he slid up onto the track in turn two, which would cost him a chance at the win as it was a blend line violation. He would recover to finish fourth.
A late caution would come out to force overtime, but Busch would hold serve and run away to take the victory.
Cindric finished second, which is his fifth top-five finish in six races. Chase Briscoe finished third, which is his fifth-straight top-five finish. Rookie Harrison Burton rounded out the top five, which is his first finish inside the top 10 since the second Homestead race back in mid-June.
Teammates Annett and Jeb Burton finished sixth and seventh respectively. Brandon Jones finished eighth, which is his first top-10 finish since the second Homestead race and his first finish inside the top 30 since Talladega.
Kaulig Racing teammates Justin Haley and Ross Chastain rounded out the top 10.
Jeffrey Earnhardt scored his best finish of 2020 with a 13th-place run.
Longtime veteran David Starr scored a 14th-place finish, which is his best Xfinity Series finish since Talladega in 2019.
The Xfinity Series will return to action next Saturday at Kansas Speedway.