FORT WORTH, TX – For the second time of the season, Kyle Busch will aim for a NASCAR weekend sweep. Busch, won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night and followed that up with a victory in Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on the very same race track this afternoon.
The win for Busch was his third NXS victory of the season and 95 of his storied career. Overall, he now has 203 wins to his NASCAR credit.
Busch, is the defending race winner of the Cup race at Texas and starts 16th.
But, if not a caution for Jeremy Clements for stalling on pit road with 12 laps remaining, then Busch’s No. 18 Toyota may not have been the one in victory lane. See, a caution flag flew on Lap 125 for Justin Allgaier spinning on the exit of Turn 4. Allgaier, blamed Cole Custer for the incident, saying that Custer didn’t have him cleared yet. At the time of the caution, the leaders hit pit lane.
So, when Custer and Brandon Jones crashed in Turn 2 just seven laps later, most of the cars that had just pitted, didn’t hit pit lane again. Chase Briscoe and a few others did.
With it going green flag for what appeared to be the rest of the way, the leaders still needed to pit for the final time. Briscoe, didn’t. The race was shaping up to go Briscoe’s way.
Then, Clements stalled which forced everyone down pit lane at the same time under caution.
Busch, came out of the pits first and would lead the final eight laps en route to his 16th career victory on the 1.5-mile track. He now has nine NXS wins, four Trucks victories and three in Cup competition.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won three of his four starts in 2019 and was runner-up in the other. He has four top two finishes in his last five NXS starts at Texas.
Tyler Reddick brought his No. 2 Chevrolet home runner-up on Saturday for his third consecutive top five finish on the season. It was also Reddick’s second straight second place finish at Texas as he came home runner-up last fall. Overall, he has five top five finishes in his last seven Texas starts (3 of which in Trucks).
Christopher Bell, who led a race high 128 of 200 laps, brought his No. 20 Toyota home in third for his second straight third place finish on the year. He now has five top six finishes in his last six Texas starts.
Briscoe, finished fourth in his No. 98 Ford for his third consecutive top 10 finish on the year.
Jeb Burton, who was making his season debut with JR Motorsports finished fifth in his No. 8 Chevrolet.
Here are the main takeaways from Saturday’s race.
Final Caution, Pit Call Helps Busch
As I stated above, if that caution doesn’t fly, Busch doesn’t win. Then, while on pit road, Busch’s crew chief called for fuel only which gave him track position by exiting with the lead. With Busch’s skill set, he was able to pull away from everyone despite having aged Goodyear tires en route to another win.
Unlikely JRM Drivers Lead Organization At Texas, Allgaier Slumping
Jeb Burton has never raced for JRM before. He also hasn’t raced in the XFINITY Series in 2019 either. After 300 miles of racing on Saturday, he was the top finisher among the JRM drivers.
Burton, would bring his No. 8 Chevrolet home with a top five.
His teammate Michael Annett finished sixth in his No. 1 Chevrolet for his fifth top 10 finish in seven starts in 2019. It was Annett’s best career Texas finish and just his second top 10 of his career on the 1.5-mile track.
Those were the only two JRM drivers in the top 10 in the end.
Justin Allgaier finished 12th after spinning on Lap 125 for his fourth straight race without a top five. He’s slumping after a strong start in his No. 7 Chevrolet to start the season off. Allgaier’s last four finishes are 31st, 14th, ninth and 12th respectively.
Noah Gragson would come home 13th in his No. 9 Chevrolet for his fourth finish outside the top 10 in six tries.
Austin Cindric could only muster a 11th place finish on Saturday but his teammate Brad Keselowski had a short lived day. Keselowski, crashed his No. 12 Ford and would finish a disappointing 36th on Saturday.
It is a tough start to Keselowski’s 2019 NXS starts. He had a roof flap issue in Daytona and finished 37th.
Busch’s win was the fourth in the last seven NXS race at Texas for Toyota. He got it started in 2016 then passed the torch for a 2017 sweep by Erik Jones. Now, Busch returns to victory lane in 2019 after a Ford sweep last year.
Sieg Gets Stage Win, Another Top 10 Finish
Due to how the cautions fell in the second stage, the leaders were not up front at the end of the second segment. That allowed drivers like Ryan Sieg to remain up front when they otherwise wouldn’t. Sieg, picked up the stage win for a crucial playoff point for his No. 39 Chevrolet.
Sieg, is off to a hot start to the season in earning a 10th place run in Saturday’s race too. It was his fourth of the season as his worst result is 11th (twice). The way things look, he’s going to be a playoff participant. Getting a key playoff point on Saturday helps him when the postseason starts now too.
Dash 4 Cash Set
If you’re tired of seeing Busch dominate the NXS competition in 2019, don’t fret, it’s Dash 4 Cash time. By being a full time Cup Series driver, that means Busch is not eligible to compete in any of the four Dash 4 Cash races.
The Dash 4 Cash field for Bristol is now set with the top four XFINITY Series regulars to finish at Texas being eligible.
That means Reddick, Bell, Briscoe and Annett will compete for the bonus next Saturday in Bristol.
My Bariatric Solutions 300 Results
11 Haley R
23 Nemechek R
9 Gragson R
90 Bassett Jr. -1
4 Chastian -1
86 Brown -1
21 Grala -2
99 Martins -2
52 Starr -2
08 Gaulding -2
01 Leicht -2
42 Finchum -3
35 Gase -4
78 Miller -4
51 Clements -4
5 Mills -6
66 Hill -9
74 Marmon -11
93 Bilicki -16
0 Smithley OUT
15 McLeod -62
19 Jones OUT
00 Custer OUT
07 Black Jr. OUT
12 Keselowski OUT
13 Hill OUT
38 Green OUT