Busch wins 3rd straight Xfin­ity race

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dave Skretta

end, but we just per­se­vered,” said Busch, who at one point was a lap down. “We had great speed. I think we showed it all week­end. It was just a mat­ter of putting it all to­gether and end­ing up in vic­tory lane, where we de­served to be.”

Sadler fin­ished sec­ond and Suarez fin­ished third to give the Chase con­tenders a nice start to the three-race round of eight, which now takes a twoweek break be­fore con­tin­u­ing at Texas.

“Ev­ery­one is start­ing off square,” Sadler said, “so you’re try­ing to get a point here and get a point there. Now ev­ery­body will have dif­fer­ent strate­gies as we go to Texas and Phoenix.”

Two more Sprint Cup reg­u­lars, Joey Logano and Kyle Lar­son, waged an en­ter­tain­ing duel to round out the top five. But it was some drama around them in the clos­ing laps that shook up the ti­tle chase.

Justin All­gaier and Dar­rell Wal­lace Jr. were in­volved in a late wreck, though All­gaier’s par­tially de­stroyed car was able to fin­ish a lap down in 14th. Wal­lace wound up 33rd and now has a mas­sive deficit to make up the next two races if he wants to avoid elim­i­na­tion.

“Pretty hard hit. Just un­for­tu­nate,” said Wal­lace, who was blink­ing away some pain when he took off his hel­met. “We were mak­ing some good calls and run­ning our own race and that’s part of it.

“I think we could have got­ten a top-10 if we hit our restarts right, but just not our day.”

Nor was it Brendan Gaughan’s day. He went slip-slid­ing through the grass on the front stretch late in the race and wound up 31st — though he did pro­vide some comic re­lief when he sprinted from the in­field care cen­ter back to his car in an at­tempt to squeeze a few more laps in be­fore the fin­ish.

It wound up hav­ing no bear­ing on his re­sult.

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