Kyle Busch Dominates To Win Virginia529 College Savings 250 In Richmondby Camille Jones September 9, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. – Kyle Busch won in dominant fashion on Friday night in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
Busch led a total of 197 laps on his way to his eighth victory of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series. The driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 NOS Toyota Camry earned his 84th victory, extending the series all-time wins record.
“I thought I was down to begin with,” Busch said. “Never give up I guess. Just keep going, keep working and keep doing what we can do. It’s obviously an awesome job by my crew chief Chris Gayle. He got a promotion this week, so these guys are going to be celebrating with him pretty hard these next few weeks that we have left this season. True testament to everyone with this NOS Energy Camry. This Toyota was awesome today.”
Claiming his 15th top-10 of the season, Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Camry finished in the second position. Jones led two laps in the race.
The driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Fleetwood RV/REV Group Ford Mustang, Brad Keselowski finished in the third position. The finish was Keselowski’s ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at the .75-mile oval.
“I think the guys did a good job tonight,” Keselowski commented. “We had really good execution tonight to bring home the REV Ford Mustang third. It is a little improvement for us here. Of course we want to win, that is kind of our own expectations. We showed progress, which is a good thing, but we got to keep going. We are still quite a way behind the 18 (Kyle Busch) and 20 (Erik Jones).”
Last weekend’s winner, Elliott Sadler, claimed the fourth position, while Justin Allgaier completed the top-five. Pole-sitter, Austin Dillon, led 51 laps in the race, but ultimately, he finished in the seventh position.
Busch’s tear through the field left all but 11 of the cars on the track one or more laps down. With only two cautions over the course of the 250-lap event, Busch was able to open his lead up in the final laps to over seven seconds.
After 25 races in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, Elliott Sadler currently leads the championship standings over Daniel Suarez by 58 points. Next weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway marks the final race of the regular season for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, as the final point event will set the field for the first-ever NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase for the Championship. Right now, Blake Koch and Ryan Sieg, who sit 11th and 12th respectively hold the final two positions in the Chase.
Tune-in on Saturday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET for the Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Coverage of the event will be found on NBC and the Motor Racing Network (MRN).
Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas