Kyle Busch Absolutely Schools the Field at COTA Xfinity Race on His Way to a 100

Published 05/24/2021, 10:11 AM EDT
May 23, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Kyle Busch (18) in the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports


On Saturday, Kyle Busch ran riot during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Circuit of The Americas. Ahead of the Cup Series race, he romped to an 11-second victory in the Pit Boss 250. In the process, the two-time Cup Series champion racked up his 98th win in the Xfinity Series.

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“It’s really, really cool to come here for the first race at a new track and to win,” Busch said. “Real proud of the effort. I think the biggest thing is just all the resources and stuff we have and being able to get laps on the track today, feel the tire, everything like that and then being able to get back out there tomorrow and do everything all over again tomorrow with the Cup car.

“Thanks to Toyota and TRD, we’ve got some really cool tools we’ve been able to use and I feel like it was a plus for us today.”

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How did everyone else finish behind Kyle Busch?

Behind Busch was AJ Allmendinger, who is regarded as one of the best road course drivers. Completing the top three is Justin Allgaier, who finished ahead of Kevin Harvick and Xfinity Series championship leader Austin Cindric. Meanwhile, Harrison Burton, Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Justin Haley and Jeb Burton completed the top 10.

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May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) and Denny Hamlin (11) race in front of William Bryon (24) during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It is worth mentioning that Allmendinger and Haley won the first and second stages, respectively. However, they elected to stay on track while Kyle Busch gambled and pitted just before the stage breaks. Although it cost him a few stage points, he more than made up for it with the maiden COTA win.

Admittedly, the Camping World Truck Series drivers had to contend with light rain. Luckily, the weather cleared just in time for the Xfinity Series race to kick off. Before the lights turned green, most of the field pitted for slick tires during the parade laps. This turned out to be an inspired call, as the weather turned sunny as the race progressed.

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