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DAVIDSON: Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Xfinity at Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI, July 3/21 (by John Davison); Another race, another win for Kyle Busch, who added win No. 101 to his career Xfinity Series total and his fourth season win in four starts when he took the checkered flag first at the Henry 180 on the four-mile Road America road course.

Kyle Busch used this Xfinity Series race for seat time heading into Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race here. After starting fifth, then spinning off twice in the early stages of the race, he worked his way back to the lead group, finally taking the lead from AJ Allmendinger on lap 41 of the 45-lap race as 'Dinger struggled on older tires, fading to third at the finish behind Daniel Hemric. Allmendinger had led 12 laps on the four-mile road course, Cindric led ten and Justin Allgaier led five laps, the same number as Busch.

An 11-car wreck between Turns 2 and 3 after a restart on Lap 37 damaged the contending cars of Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier and set Busch up for his run to victory. Cindric appeared in control of the race until he pitted for tires after the No. 81 Toyota of Ty Gibbs stalled on the track with transmission issues on Lap 35 and caused the sixth caution of the race.

Cindric’s No. 22 Ford sustained damage to the right-rear in the melee that followed that final restart, and he was forced to pit for repairs. Nevertheless, he charged to eighth place at the finish and he now holds an 89-point lead over second-place Allmendinger in the series standings.

"Obviously tires, you know, that was the saving grace for us," Busch commented. "We had tires left over and the 16 (AJ Allmendinger) didn't and when we came and put tires on, I wasn't sure we were going to be able to get through that many cars. But man, not sure what happened on those last couple of restarts, just a melee on the start going down the straightaways and I really couldn't see what was happening. There was a wreck between two and three and we were fortunate to be on the right side in order to get through that stuff without too much damage to our race car.”

Daniel Hemric, after finishing in the runner-up position, commented: "We had newer tires than he did, it was just track position. I'm proud of everyone on this Poppy Bank Toyota Supra team. They've done an incredible job."

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