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DAVISON: Kyle Busch’s 100th Xfinity win comes at Nashville Superspeedway

Nashville, TN, June 19/21 (by John Davison): Kyle Busch made history Saturday with Xfinity Series win number 100 at the series’ return to Nashville Superspeedway. This win lifts Busch into racing's stratosphere with Richard Petty and David Pearson as the only other drivers with over 100 victories in any of NASCAR's top three series. Of course, Petty and Pearson both set their records of 200 and 106 in the Cup series. In Xfinity, Mark Martin, with 49 wins and Kevin Harvick, with 48 are closest to Busch in career series wins.

After starting second to Busch, Austin Cindric grabbed the lead on the first lap to lead his fourteenth race of the 2021 season, opening the gap over Busch to nearly two seconds by the end of the first Stage – with Daniel Hemric, Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five. Later, Cindric would get knocked out of the race in a crash having never again led another lap.

"I wish we would have been able to regain our track position there a little bit better," Cindric commented. "That's probably the only thing we could have done to avoid getting wrecked there ... Every time we get up to a 100-point lead in the standings, we end up getting wrecked. It's frustrating, but that's racing. There's nothing you can do."

At the start of the second Stage, Busch led to the green, zooming to the lead, with Cindric falling to third as the No. 18 Gibbs car with Daniel Hemric at the wheel, followed Busch and into second. Justin Allgaier and Cindric dueled briefly for third, with Busch controlling the race, steadily increasing his lead over Hemric.

Busch continued to lead to the end of the second Stage, with Justin Allgaier, Hemric and Burton next. Noah Gragson stayed on the track instead of pitting but Busch wasted no time in regaining the lead on the restart, with Hemric and Harrison Burton following around the No. 9 car.

Brandon Brown's blown right front tire brought out a caution just before green flag pit cycles started, trapping third-place runner Josh Berry in the pits as the caution flew, dropping him well back in the field. once again, Busch's crew sent him out of the pits in front of the pack. He restarted on the outside, flanked by Justin Allgaier, with Hemric behind Busch and Jones behind Allgaier. Several laps of side-by-side racing saw Allgaier second until Joe Graf Jr and Jade Buford crashed in the fourth turn, bringing out a caution on lap 154 of the 188-lap race

Allgaier and Busch had a side-by-side restart with Allgaier getting loose, Hemric and Annett getting together, and then Annett spinning and tapping Cindric, sending him spinning into the outside wall on the front straight – and ending Cindric’s race. After Ryan Sieg spun in traffic to cause the seventh caution of the race, Busch and Allgaier started in front of the pack with Josh Berry recovering into the top five as Landon Cassill spun in the first turn after contact from Ryan Sieg to cause yet another caution.

This caution led to a one-lap overtime restart with Busch easily outdistancing Allgaier for the win, followed by Harrison Burton and the resurgent Josh Berry.

"I don't think you ever think of those things," said Busch about the century mark. "I think one day you just hope that you can make it, and then when you make it, you are like okay, let's go win some more races, and let's go win a championship. Being around for as long as I've been around, it's a great opportunity in this position and to get this many wins is really, really cool. ... That just makes it all worth while and I wouldn't say it has all came full circle. … I don't know what the plan is for next year yet."

After Busch's last win here, in a bout of childish nonsense, he smashed the trophy guitar on the ground. This time he held it up over his head in appreciation.

The next Xfinity Series race will be held at Pocono Raceway in two weeks time on Sunday, June 27.

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