Kyle Busch wins Xfin­ity race

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Kyle Busch won for the 10th time in the Xfin­ity Se­ries this sea­son with a vic­tory at Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Race­way on the night NASCAR’s sec­ond-tier se­ries’ set its in­au­gu­ral cham­pi­onship field.

The fi­nal four for next week­end’s race at Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way will be a bat­tle be­tween Dale Earn­hardt Jr. and Joe Gibbs.

Both car own­ers got two driv­ers each into the cham­pi­onship field the first year NASCAR rolled out the Chase for its lower two na­tional se­ries. The Chase uses the same elim­i­na­tion for­mat as the Sprint Cup Se­ries, and eight driv­ers were com­pet­ing for the fi­nal four slots on Satur­day night.

Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, both driv­ing for Joe Gibbs Rac­ing, got in. JR Mo­tor­sports qual­i­fied Justin All­gaier and El­liott Sadler.

But, after the race, Sadler’s car was be­ing in­spected by NASCAR for an ap­par­ent loose lug nut on his car. It’s un­clear if Sadler could face a points penalty that would knock him out of the cham­pi­onship field.

“I think we might have a loose lug. They’ll look at it. But, hey, we did what we had to do,” Sadler said.

Sadler, a long­time NASCAR vet­eran, is seek­ing his first ti­tle at the na­tional level and has his best chance this year in this win­ner-take-all for­mat.

“We’re pumped about it, we really put all our eggs in one bas­ket, and that’s that Homestead car,” he said.

All­gaier had to stretch a dry­ing gas tank over the clos­ing laps to claim his spot and keep Blake Koch out of the field. Koch was keep­ing an eye post-race on Sadler’s sit­u­a­tion, but im­me­di­ately apol­o­gized for an ear­lier in­ci­dent with Dar­rell Wal­lace Jr. that knocked Wal­lace out of ti­tle con­tention.

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