Kyle Busch caps legendary Xfinity run with perfect 2021 season

In what was Kyle Busch’s swan song in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, he picked up the victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon to earn career win No. 102 in the series.

“Never say never, but yeah, this is it,” Busch said.

The victory also marked a perfect 5/5 run for Busch in his Xfinity starts this season.

His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate in Daniel Hemric was the only competitor to give Busch a run for his money at Atlanta.

However, on a restart with six laps to go, Busch made contact with the rear of the No. 18 Toyota and turned Hemric into the outside retaining wall to bring out a late caution.

“I meant to hit him, but straight,” Busch said.

Busch took full responsibility for the incident and said he doesn’t take solace in winning in that fashion.

Busch led 98 of the 164 laps run at Atlanta, which makes it 18,177 career laps led in the Xfinity Series for the future Hall of Famer.

Instead of earning his first win in NASCAR’s three series, Hemric wound up finishing 30th following the crash, but will still hold a fair advantage above the playoff cutline with eight races before the playoffs begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Jeb Burton and Noah Gragson completed the podium, while Justin Haley and Ty Dillon rounded out the top five. For Dillon, it’s his second-straight top-10 finish in the series after a disastrous run at the start of the year.

Ty’s brother, Austin, filled in at the last second for an injured Michael Annett and brought home the JR Motorsports No. 1 Chevrolet in 11th.

In just his third career Xfinity start, Sam Mayer scored his first career top-10 finish with a ninth-place run.

The Xfinity Series will return next Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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