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XFS: Busch wins at Indy

(MRN) Kyle Busch scored his fourth Indianapolis Motor Speedway win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in Saturday’s Indiana 250.

Busch held off defending race winner Justin Allgaier to the checkered flag for his fourth win of the season in his seventh start. He started from the pole and led a race-high 46 laps, inclduing the final eight.

“The 7 (Allgaier) was really good,” Busch said. “He was really smart and played a great race. We were just faster and fast enough there at the end in order to make sure that we stayed in front of those guys.

“It’s pretty cool to win here in Indy any time. We’ll take it.”

It marked Busch’s 96th career win.

“Hopefully we can go five-for-five and we can make it 101 and hang up our hat,” Busch said.

The final run to the finish when Busch took the lead on a restart came after a red flag was displayed with eight laps to go when Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick got together while racing for the lead in Turn 2.

“I don’t exactly know what happened, but I just know both of us had the throttles buried going off into two and I just slid up on the inside of him,” Bell said.

“It was the end of the race and we were going for it,” Reddick said. “Nothing against Christopher, he did nothing wrong. His car just got loose and it’s just part of racing.”

Allgaier led 24 laps and won Stage 2.

“Kyle’s great on restarts, especially on late race restarts,” Allgaier said. “That’s what sets him apart here in the Xfinity Series and in the Cup Series. Hats off to our guys our Suave Men Camaro was on rails especially on the long run, we were really able to push those guys.”

Noah Gragson and Jeb Burton finished third and fourth, repspectively, to give JR Motorsports three cars in the top four. Justin Haley rounded out the top five.

Brandon Jones, Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe, Austin Hill and Ryan Sieg completed the top 10. Hill made his first Xfinity Series start.

“It was frustrating out there for sure,” Custer said. “Our Ford Mustang was really fast, especially on the long runs. We just couldn’t get it to go on the restarts. Every single time it seemed like something would go wrong in front of us and we would get stacked up.”

Reddick now leads the point standings by 50 points over Bell.

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Fin Str Car Driver Make Laps Pts Status Laps Led
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 100 0 Running 46
2 8 7 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 100 50 Running 24
3 13 9 Noah Gragson # Chevrolet 100 42 Running 1
4 12 8 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 100 40 Running 0
5 7 11 Justin Haley # Chevrolet 100 35 Running 0
6 2 19 Brandon Jones Toyota 100 47 Running 8
7 11 00 Cole Custer Ford 100 39 Running 0
8 9 98 Chase Briscoe # Ford 100 35 Running 0
9 17 61 Austin Hill(i) Toyota 100 0 Running 0
10 10 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 100 29 Running 0

2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Standings

After Race 25: Indianapolis

Rank Driver Race Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points -Leader Stage Wins Playoff Points
1 Tyler Reddick 4 19 21 3 1078 0 4 24
2 Christopher Bell 6 16 17 4 1028 -50 13 43
3 Cole Custer 6 12 17 5 965 -113 6 36
4 Justin Allgaier 0 10 17 0 940 -138 5 5
5 Austin Cindric 2 10 18 3 877 -201 1 11
6 Chase Briscoe # 1 9 20 0 864 -214 2 7
7 Noah Gragson # 0 7 16 0 843 -235 1 1
8 Michael Annett 1 5 15 1 770 -308 1 6
9 Justin Haley # 0 3 17 0 770 -308 1 1
10 Brandon Jones 0 3 12 0 716 -362 3 3
11 John Hunter Nemechek # 0 4 12 0 688 -390 0 0
12 Ryan Sieg 0 2 9 0 676 -402 1 1

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