NXS: Give The Man A Cookie; Kyle Busch Adds to XFINITY Win Total with No. 80 at Texas

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FORT WORTH, Tex — Recap by Race Chaser Online Northeast Correspondent Kyle Magda — Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America photo —

A jubilant Kyle Busch led 150 of 200 laps in Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway and the defending Cup champ wanted one thing after the race.

A cookie.

Busch won his 80th XFINITY Series race at TMS and the last three NASCAR races after sweeping Martinsville last weekend in the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup Series.

“I don’t know if I get a cookie or what, but I’ve won a Truck race, a Cup race and an XFINITY race, all three-in-a-row,” Busch joked with FOX Sports 1. “I want a cookie right now.”

The race ended on a 49-lap green-flag run as Busch slowly pulled away from teammate Erik Jones in the final laps to pick up his fourth XFINITY win of the season in five starts, finishing no worse than second at Auto Club. The dominant driver struggled through some portions of the race, giving up the lead to E. Jones on lap 70 and fellow Cup driver Kyle Larson getting around Busch on a lap 82 restart before the driver of the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Camry ran back down Larson for the lead.

“Chris Gayle, he got his money worth tonight,” Busch said. “He had to work on this thing for me to make it better all night long. The NOS Energy Drink Camry had great speed, but there through the middle part of the race where Erik Jones caught me and then where Larson was ahead of me, they were just a little bit better at those points. We had to fine-tune and work on our balance a little bit, but overall this is so good and cool for all these guys.”

Erik Jones came up short once again in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota with a runner-up finish, still looking for his first XFINITY win of 2016.

“It definitely didn’t help by any means, but it’s not fun to second overall,” Jones said. “A good day for us and thought we definitely had the car to do it today and that penalty kind of put us back to the point where it got hard to make adjustments on it and keep up with the track, but just too tight at the end. Just need to be that much better, we’ll try to do it again next week.”

All six series races have been won by Cup drivers and all three drivers who won those races all competed in Friday’s night race at Texas (Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon). The No. 22 team got off to a slow start in 2016 with a second-place showing at Daytona with Joey Logano. Since then, the team didn’t make much noise with new crew chief Brian Wilson, but Brad Keselowski sliced-and-diced his way through the pack to come home third in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford and the first-top five finish for the team since Logano’s Daytona runner-up.

“It’s part of the XFINITY Series, you just push and try to get runs and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Looks really good when it works, looks real bad when it doesn’t, but part of it. I’m not mad at Ty or anything, just a decent day for the Discount Tire Ford and our XFINITY program. We haven’t really started off the year like we wanted and now we got a little bit of momentum. I think we’re starting to get our cars a little bit better and we were two or three tenths off in qualifying this week, where a couple weeks ago, we were about a half-a-second, so when they’re running the cars wide-open, it’s like being at the local go-kart track.

“Some cars are just faster than others and we’re starting to get this one a little bit closer to being able to run with those Gibbs cars and it feels good.”

Kyle Busch got a big shove from Erik Jones on the race’s final restart as Keselowski didn’t get going quick enough to allow Ty Dillon to bump the No. 22 and nearly take out the No. 20 car, but Keselowski’s big save prevented a possible wreck among the top-running cars.

Cup drivers Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top-five on a night where JR Motorsports ran four cars in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Elliott Sadler bounced back from a speeding penalty to finish seventh while Justin Allgaier’s long run speed propelled him to a sixth-place showing, even running up in the top-five at one point.

Austin Dillon, rookie Brandon Jones and Ryan Sieg rounded out the top-10. Sieg recorded his fourth-career top-10 finish and his first in nine races (eighth at Kansas). Friday’s night race saw five cautions for 22 laps, including one for a wreck involving Jeb Burton, Blake Koch and Ross Chastain.

Unofficially, Daniel Suarez retains the points lead after spinning out from a flat right-rear tire on lap 79 and finished 16th, the first car one lap down.

The XFINITY Series heads next to the Bristol high banks for the first of four Dash-4-Cash races, featuring two 50-lap heat races to set the field for the 200-lap main feature next Saturday.

 

RESULTS: NASCAR XFINITY Series; O’Reilly Auto Parts 300; Texas Motor Speedway; April 8, 2016

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Erik Jones
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Elliott Sadler
  8. Austin Dillon
  9. Brandon Jones
  10. Ryan Sieg
  11. Kyle Larson
  12. Brendan Gaughan
  13. Ty Dillon
  14. Ryan Reed
  15. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  16. Daniel Suarez
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. David Starr
  19. Brennan Poole
  20. Matt Tifft
  21. Ross Chastain
  22. Ray Black Jr.
  23. Garrett Smithley
  24. Jeremy Clements
  25. Martin Roy
  26. Dakoda Armstrong
  27. Joey Gase
  28. Ryan Preece
  29. BJ McLeod
  30. Ryan Ellis
  31. Derrike Cope
  32. Matt DiBenedetto
  33. Mike Harmon
  34. Blake Koch
  35. Jeb Burton
  36. Cody Ware
  37. Todd Peck
  38. J.J. Yeley
  39. Carl Long
  40. Josh Wise

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