Kyle Busch’s Saturday could not have started much worse.
During Cup Series practice, Busch crashed his car, causing heavy damage. Unfortunately for Busch, he will have to go to a backup car and drop to the rear for Sunday’s Fourth of July race at Road America.
Then during the Xfinity race at Road America on Saturday, Busch went off the track twice during the first two stages, forcing him to work his way through the field on a multitude of occasions.
During the final stage with 10 laps to go, he got caught up in a crash in the midfield that caused damage to Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier. Busch’s car suffered damage to its front-left bumper.
Despite all of that working against him, Busch passed A.J. Allmendinger with five laps to go and held the lead for good.
Busch won the race by over three seconds, notching his fourth win in the Xfinity Series this season in as many races. He now has 101 career wins in the Xfinity Series, more than double than any other driver.
Busch will race at Atlanta Motor Speedway next week in what could possibly be his final race in the Xfinity Series.
Allmendinger looked like victory was his on Saturday, winning stages one and two. However, his chances for victory were dashed after a penalty on pit road for crew member over the wall too early. His tires on the final restart were older than Busch’s causing him to slip back toward the pack.
As Busch drove away for the victory, Allmendinger finished fourth for his 11th top-10 finish in 2021.
Cindric led to begin stage three and Allgaier battled with Allmendinger throughout stage two. However, their races were ruined after getting caught up in a wreck during the final stage. Cindric and Allgaier pushed their way through the pack and finished eighth and 12th respectively.
Noah Gragson, who had to start at the rear, is still without a race win in 2021 after a ninth-place finish at Road America. He led to start the final restart, but his old tires caused him to lose pace as the race concluded.
Daniel Hemric finished second for his seventh top-five finish of the season.
Michael Annett picked up a third-place finish, his best-career finish on a road course in the Xfinity Series.
Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.
Pole sitter Ty Gibbs stalled on the track during the final stage, forcing him to retire after running in the top five for most of the race.
The 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday July 10 for the Credit Karma Money 250.