Kyle Busch dom­i­nates yet again in NASCAR vic­tory

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Kyle Busch tossed his 2year-old son in the air dur­ing his lat­est vic­tory lane cel­e­bra­tion. He’s tak­ing baby steps to­ward catch­ing The King. Busch dom­i­nated yet again to win the NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries race Satur­day at New Hamp­shire Mo­tor Speed­way.

He won for the third time this sea­son and 89th time in his ca­reer in the sec­ond-tier se­ries. On Satur­day night, he told Sir­iusXM NASCAR Ra­dio that he plans to re­tire from the Xfin­ity Se­ries when he gets to 100 vic­to­ries. He has 175 ca­reer wins over NASCAR’s three na­tional se­ries: Cup (38 wins; 2015 cham­pion); Xfin­ity (89; 2009 cham­pion); and Truck (48). Richard Petty is NASCAR’s ca­reer leader with 200 wins, all at the Cup level.

“I know a lot of those are the mi­nors, so I’ll take them where I can get ‘em as of right now,” Busch said. “But cer­tainly there’s go­ing to be a lot more wins to be had on Sun­days, as well. I’ve got a long road ahead of me, prob­a­bly.”

Busch started from the pole and wasn’t chal­lenged much late af­ter an early duel with fel­low Cup reg­u­lar Brad Ke­selowski. Ke­selowski led 102 laps but had noth­ing for Busch down the stretch be­cause of a pit road penalty.

“It is al­ways fun be­ing fast and lead­ing the most laps and all that but we just didn’t put the whole race to­gether,” Ke­selowski said. Busch’s No. 18 Toy­ota was one of just six cars that fin­ished on the lead lap. Ryan Preece was sec­ond, fol­lowed by Wil­liam By­ron, Kyle Lar­son and Ke­selowski. Lar­son was set to start the Cup race yes­ter­day from the pole un­til his car failed in­spec­tion and forced him to the rear of the field.

Se­ries points leader El­liott Sadler was sev­enth in a race that in­cluded a 58-minute rain de­lay. He has a 45point lead over By­ron. The 19-year-old By­ron had his sixth top-five of the sea­son. He has two vic­to­ries driv­ing for JR Mo­tor­sports and has made a case as a can­di­date to re­place Dale Earn­hardt Jr. in the No. 88 at Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports next sea­son.

Earn­hardt, long NASCAR’s most pop­u­lar driver, left the team’s top Cup seat avail­able when he an­nounced he would re­tire from the se­ries at the end of the sea­son. Alex Bow­man, who ably filled in for the in­jured Earn­hardt last sea­son, is per­haps the top con­tender to drive the 88. But By­ron and free agent Matt Kenseth are cer­tainly in the mix - and the odds of land­ing at Hen­drick im­prove if the or­ga­ni­za­tion de­cides to cut ties with the slump­ing Kasey Kahne.

Team owner Rick Hen­drick watched the race from atop By­ron’s pit box. “He did a great job. Very im­pres­sive the way he works traf­fic and the feed­back on the ra­dio. Re­ally good,” Hen­drick said. “The guys are giv­ing him good cars, but he’s got a lot of ta­lent, and he’s a quick learner. He’s fast. —AP

LOUDON: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS En­ergy Drink Toy­ota, poses with his wife, Saman­tha, and their son, Brex­ton, in Vic­tory Lane af­ter win­ning the NASCAR XFIN­ITY Se­ries Over­ton’s 200 at New Hamp­shire Mo­tor Speed­way on Satur­day. — AFP

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