Kyle Busch wins 102nd Xfinity race, completes 2021 sweep in possible final start

Daniel Hemric might be the most snakebitten driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series today, if not all national series. Despite a strong final stage in Saturday’s Credit Karma Money 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his hopes of finally breaking through for his first career victory in any series were dashed with a late wreck. Instead, Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Kyle Busch won his 102nd career race in what is likely his final start in the series, which would cap off the most successful career in Xfinity history.

Busch started on the pole while Austin Dillon was sent to the rear as an injury replacement for Michael Annett. He would go on to lead every lap in the opening stage and win the second.

Hemric found himself in position for much of the final stage as he led 45 laps. However, the incidents began to pile up with less than twenty laps to go beginning with Carson Ware‘s accident. The slower car of Kyle Weatherman stayed out on the ensuing restart, but he spun his tyres and fell back before being clipped by Brandon Brown and Harrison Burton, causing him to go around and set up another restart.

Weatherman apologised to Burton and Brown in a Twitter video, explaining the “shifter got stuck in second (gear) and literally can’t get it to come out of second gear. Of course it happened at the worst time. We were out of tyres, didn’t have any tyres to take. Had good speed, we were running sixteenth, seventeenth all day. Figured we could possibly maintain. I chose the outside to try to give the leaders the inside, of course just a crappy situation.”

Hemric took off and Busch attempted to give him a draft, but he provided too strong of a push that instead sent his team-mate into A.J. Allmendinger and the wall; he would be relegated to a thirtieth-place finish as his drought continues.

The Hemric caution resulted in overtime, which saw Busch hold off Jeb Burton to win his third career Xfinity race at Atlanta. He also won all five of his allowed starts in 2021 alongside COTA, Texas, Nashville, and Road America; it is the second season in which he had a 100% win rate in a lower division after doing so in the Camping World Truck Series in 2019.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 1 54 Kyle Busch* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 Running
2 11 10 Jeb Burton Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
3 9 9 Noah Gragson JR Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
4 7 11 Justin Haley Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
5 30 23 Ty Dillon Our Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
6 20 02 Brett Moffitt Our Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
7 8 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
8 19 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
9 22 8 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
10 4 22 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 164 Running
11 6 1 Austin Dillon* JR Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
12 16 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 164 Running
13 3 16 A.J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
14 32 6 Ryan Vargas JD Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
15 17 36 Alex Labbé DGM Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
16 14 44 Tommy Joe Martins Martins Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
17 27 48 Jade Buford Big Machine Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
18 18 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
19 10 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 Running
20 36 15 Colby Howard JD Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
21 15 2 Myatt Snider Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
22 37 0 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
23 28 31 Josh Berry Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
24 5 20 Harrison Burton Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 Running
25 33 07 Joe Graf Jr. SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
26 24 5 Matt Mills B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 164 Running
27 29 90 Ronnie Bassett Jr. DGM Racing Chevrolet 164 Running
28 31 78 Jesse Little B.J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 164 Running
29 23 99 Mason Massey B.J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 164 Running
30 2 18 Daniel Hemric Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 Running
31 12 68 Brandon Brown Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Accident
32 38 47 Kyle Weatherman Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 162 Accident
33 25 26 Santino Ferrucci Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 162 Running
34 39 74 Bayley Currey* Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 162 Running
35 40 52 Gray Gaulding Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 160 Running
36 26 17 Carson Ware SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 139 Accident
37 34 66 C.J. McLaughlin* MBM Motorsports Ford 139 Running
38 21 4 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 128 Running
39 13 19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 118 Accident
40 35 61 David Starr MBM Motorsports Toyota 50 Accident
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for Xfinity points

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