Kyle Busch wins Ve­gas Xfin­ity race in dou­ble OT

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

In typ­i­cal Las Ve­gas fash­ion, Sat­ur­day’s Xfin­ity Se­ries race was de­cided by a dou­ble over­time show­down won by Kyle Busch at Las Ve­gas Mo­tor Speed­way.

Busch took the green flag for the fi­nal green-white-check­ered at­tempt with John Hunter Ne­mechek along­side. Ne­mechek’s No. 23 Chevro­let raced hard with Busch on the ini­tial restart, but Busch ul­ti­mately drove away with the vic­tory, mark­ing his 93rd Xfin­ity Se­ries win. The Las Ve­gas na­tive also won Fri­day’s Gan­der Out­doors Truck Se­ries race, prim­ing him for a pos­si­ble week­end sweep with Sun­day’s Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries race.

Ne­mechek held on to fin­ish sec­ond in Sat­ur­day’s event, while an­other Las Ve­gas na­tive Noah Grag­son worked his way up to fin­ish third in his No. 9 JR Mo­tor­sports Chevro­let. Austin Dil­lon and Michael An­nett rounded out the top five.

The fi­nal over­time fin­ish was set up by the first green-white-check­ered at­tempt, which trig­gered a side-by-side bat­tle with Busch and Tyler Red­dick. The duo bat­tled for nearly two laps and were near­ing the fi­nal lap when Red­dick’s No. 2 be­came loose and spun, col­lect­ing Christo­pher Bell, Zane Smith and Austin Cin­dric in the process. Bran­don Jones brought out the fi­nal cau­tion be­fore the dou­ble over­time af­ter his No. 19 made con­tact with Cole Custer’s No. 00 Ford, sus­tain­ing heavy dam­age on Jones’ Toy­ota Supra.

Kyle Busch

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