Kyle Busch 1 away from 100 Xfinity wins after Alsco 250 victory

Kyle Busch has remarked in the past that if he hits 100 NASCAR Xinity Series victories, the two-time Cup Series champion would stop dabbling in the lower tier. After win #99 in Saturday’s Alsco Uniforms 250 at Texas Motor Speedway, the racing world is one victory away from seeing if he will live up to his word.

Busch started fourteenth while last week’s winner A.J. Allmendinger was on the pole. Allmendinger led the first eight laps before Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Brandon Jones took the lead and held it until the competition caution. Busch briefly led before Austin Cindric and fellow JGR driver Daniel Hemric overtook him and finished ahead at the end of the first stage. Jones, Justin Haley, Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Harrison Burton, and Noah Gragson rounded out the top ten.

The entirety of Stage #2 was dominated by Busch. The lone incident came on lap 62 when Jeb Burton spun after contact from Josh Berry, resulting in an apology from the latter and a post-race conversation. Busch, Hemric, Cindric, Burton, Gragson, Allgaier, Allmendinger, Berry, Riley Herbst, and Annett comprised the top ten for the stage.

Drama ramped up in the final stage with numerous wrecks that resulted in six cautions. In the midst of the carnage, JGR drivers dominated much of the segment as Busch, Burton, and Hemric traded the position. Allgaier broke up the JGR party at the front when he took the lead on lap 117 following a restart, and he led until Jones spun on lap 139. The ensuing caution enabled Jones’ JGR ally Busch to take the lead for the next restart. While Burton’s wreck on lap 165 resulted in overtime, Busch held off Allgaier to claim his second win of 2021.

It is Busch’s tenth Xfinity victory at Texas, and he would have been riding a four-race win streak at the track had he not been disqualified in 2020. He still has enough eligibility to run three more races in 2021, giving him plenty of chances to break the 100-win mark.

But does he plan on ending his Xfinity career once he gets that hundredth?

“So here’s the problem: Joe (Gibbs) already sold me for 2022 so I don’t know. We’re going to have to talk about that. I better get a pay raise, that’s for sure. Racing for free ain’t fun no more—I’m just kidding.”

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 14 54 Kyle Busch* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 171 Running
2 16 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
3 4 22 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 171 Running
4 5 18 Daniel Hemric Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 171 Running
5 3 19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 171 Running
6 1 16 A.J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
7 30 9 Noah Gragson JR Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
8 19 02 Brett Moffitt Our Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
9 2 11 Justin Haley Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
10 6 1 Michael Annett JR Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
11 9 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 171 Running
12 12 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 171 Running
13 7 68 Brandon Brown Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
14 20 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
15 22 6 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
16 13 48 Jade Buford Big Machine Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
17 11 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
18 10 36 Alex Labbé DGM Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
19 28 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
20 31 66 David Starr MBM Motorsports Toyota 171 Running
21 36 44 Tommy Joe Martins Martins Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
22 38 90 Ronnie Bassett Jr. DGM Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
23 34 26 Brandon Gdovic Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 171 Running
24 15 4 Ryan Vargas JD Motorsports Chevrolet 171 Running
25 27 17 Garrett Smithley SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 171 Running
26 24 5 Matt Mills B.J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 171 Running
27 40 61 Matt Jaskol MBM Motorsports Toyota 168 Running
28 26 15 Colby Howard JD Motorsports Chevrolet 167 Running
29 25 78 Jesse Little B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 166 Running
30 18 20 Harrison Burton Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 163 Accident
31 35 07 Joe Graf Jr. SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 162 Running
32 8 10 Jeb Burton Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 159 Running
33 17 2 Myatt Snider Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 156 Accident
34 32 31 Jordan Anderson* Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 120 Running
35 37 99 Stefan Parsons B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 110 Accident
36 33 0 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 107 Accident
37 29 47 Kyle Weatherman Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 100 Fuel Pump
38 23 52 Gray Gaulding Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 89 Accident
39 21 23 Tanner Berryhill Our Motorsports Chevrolet 88 Accident
40 39 74 Bayley Currey* Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 0 Electrical
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for Xfinity points

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