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Kyle Busch checks Atlanta XFINITY Series win off bucket list

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KYLE BUSCH DOMINATES FOR XFINITY WIN AT ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Scratch another race track off Kyle Busch's checklist.

In what evolved into a two-man battle against Kyle Larson on Saturday atAtlanta Motor Speedway, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion continued his mastery in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, beating Larson to the finish line to win the Heads Up Georgia 250.

The victory was Busch's first at the 1.54-mile track and the 77th of his career, extending his own series record.

But the outcome was far from a foregone conclusion when Busch led the field to green on the final restart with 29 laps left. Busch was strong in the short run, but Larson would start to close dramatically 20 laps into a green-flag run.

That's exactly what played out over the final 29 laps, as Larson began cutting into a lead that had reached more than 1.5 seconds. Making up ground in the top lane through Turns 1 and 2, Larson's No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was within eight car lengths of Busch's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with two laps left when Larson's progress was impeded by the lapped car of Ryan Preece through the first corner.

Larson lost ground, and Busch crossed the finish line with a lead of .466 seconds.

"I actually thought that last run was going to be too long," Busch said. "(Crew chief Chris) Gayle did a good job of making some adjustments to our car, and it helped me. It helped me definitely on the front side of a run, for the first 20 (laps), and I don't think it hurt me from there on to the end of the race.

"But Larson was just better than us. He could close and close and close. Lapped traffic -- they were really nice to me. I think they screwed him up a couple of times. So I kind of appreciated those guys."

Erik Jones, Busch's JGR teammate, rallied from an early penalty -- beating Busch, the pole winner, to the start/finish at the start of the race after Busch spun his tires -- to run third, followed by Paul Menard and series regular Ty Dillon, who earned a free pass to the lead lap under the final caution, took four tires and charged into the top five from 11th on the restart.

Larson clearly had a problem with lapped traffic, but he wasn’t sure he could have passed Busch for the victory, even if he had pulled up to his rear bumper.

"I definitely would have gotten closer to him, but it would have been still tough to pass him," Larson said. "He was saving his tires, I think, running the bottom, and I was running pretty hard at the top. He would definitely have moved up in front of me there in (Turns) 1 and 2, and it would have been tough to get underneath him."

Elliott Sadler came home ninth and retained the series lead by three points over seventh-place finisher Daniel Suarez and five points over Dillon.








POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED + / - CHANGE IN POINTS STANDINGS SINCE LAST RACE.FINAL STATUS DRIVER’S STATUS IN RACE: RUNNING, ENGINE, ELECTRICAL, ETC.POINTS POINTS AWARDED BASED ON FINISH.BONUS POINTS POINTS AWARDED FOR WINNING OR LEADING LAPS.
118Kyle Busch
11631190Running00
242Kyle Larson
41630-4
Running00
320Erik Jones
2163011
Running380
42Paul Menard
1116300Running00
53Ty Dillon
616305
Running360
622Brad Keselowski
7163280Running00
719Daniel Suarez
316302
Running340
87Justin Allgaier
12163152
Running341
91Elliott Sadler
1616300Running320
1043Jeb Burton
1516314
Running321
1133Brandon Jones
191630-1
Running300
1288Kevin Harvick
1016200Running00
1362Brendan Gaughan
916200Running280
1448Brennan Poole
516203
Running270
1516Ryan Reed
1716202
Running260
1639Ryan Sieg
81620-1
Running250
1751Jeremy Clements
1416200Running240
186Darrell Wallace Jr
181620-5
Running230
1914J.J. Yeley
2216200Running220
2011Blake Koch
131610-3
Running210
2128Dakoda Armstrong
201600-4
Running200
2201Ryan Preece
2115909
Running190
2324Corey Lajoie
2315900Running180
240Garrett Smithley
2615900Running170
2590Mario Gosselin
32158017
Running160
2678B J McLeod
291570-2
Running150
2770Derrike Cope
34156016
Running140
284Ross Chastain
241520-2
Running130
2925Chris Cockrum
4015200Running120
3074Mike Harmon
36151017
Running110
3115Cody Ware
3715100Running100
3252Joey Gase
3312700Suspension90
3307Ray Black Jr
271130-2
Running80
3413Josh Reaume
388700Suspension70
3597Harrison Rhodes
256808
Rear Gear60
3640Carl Long
302900Handling50
3789Morgan Shepherd
39250-7
Overheating40
3899Todd Peck
351500Engine30
3944David Starr
2870-6
Engine20
4010Jeff Green
3110-11
Electrical10
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I honestly had forgotten there was an Xfinity race today.
That bucket list has probably 3 things left on it
Not a bad race. I honestly thought Larson would catch him.
turned it on, saw kyle busch one out front , turned it off and enjoyed my day. another year of two cup races is too much.
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I'm pumped I finally got to "check off" seeing him win in-person. It's only taken like.. eight races (2 Cup, 5 XFINITY, 1 SLM) lol.
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I'm pumped I finally got to "check off" seeing him win in-person. It's only taken like.. eight races (2 Cup, 5 XFINITY, 1 SLM) lol.
It took me 7 races from the time I became a fan. I watched him win in his Xfinity return last year at Michigan. Couldn't have asked for a better day.



Hopefully one day I can witness a Cup win.
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I'm pumped I finally got to "check off" seeing him win in-person. It's only taken like.. eight races (2 Cup, 5 XFINITY, 1 SLM) lol.
I'm surprised it took that long. I've seen him win like four times haha
Good thing he finally won, his career just wasn't complete without that prestigious Atlanta Xfinity win....
I'm surprised it took that long. I've seen him win like four times haha
I'm pretty sure I was a jinx until now, lol.
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I must admit I thought it would be a different JGR car but not surprised it was a JGR car at all.
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