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NASCAR Xfinity: Kyle Busch wins at Charlotte with last-lap pass

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 25: Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 App State Class of 2020 Toyota, speaks to the media after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2020 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Kyle Busch claimed his 97th-career NASCAR Xfinity Series win and his first of the season Monday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway after a dominant performance in the Alsco 300.

“I would say the biggest thing is just working with so many different teams and so many different crew chiefs. Having the opportunity to win with a lot of them, if not all of them,” Busch said. “Just being able to go out there and work with a lot of cool guys, a lot of people that have helped me along the way and gotten me to this point. A lot of great sponsors over the years too – another shout out to M&Ms and Interstate Batteries, Toyota, Rheem, Snickers, Skittles, Rowdy Energy. It’s nice to be able to get all those guys in victory lane, here, in the Xfinity Series. Appreciate them helping me out in these final five, six or however many races I need to get to close it out at 100.”

Although he led 94 laps, Busch’s latest win came as a result of a last-lap pass after an overtime restart. He was the leader for the final restart, but Austin Cindric got to the front on the restart.

“I thought choosing the outside was the right way, but obviously it wasn’t,” Busch said. “Those guys put up a whale of a fight tonight on restarts. I was really surprised by that. I guess I’m not that good at it anymore. Overall, I really want to thank M&Ms, and more importantly, want to wish the 2020 class from Appalachian State congratulations on getting their diplomas this year; it’s a little different, I know, but hopefully, this will lift your spirits a little bit. We won for you and took all the rest of those big houses down tonight. It was pretty cool to score a win, here, in Charlotte as always.”

The win was Busch’s ninth in Xfinity Series competition at Charlotte.

After Busch got by Cindric on the final lap, Daniel Hemric also got by Cindric in the final turn to finish second. Cindric wound up third.

“I am really proud of this team,” Cindric said. “We were talking about it on the drive to the track today that this was our turning put last year. It was probably one of my worst races last year. To almost beat the best in the business on worse tires, ugh. I never lifted. I never lifted into three until I knew that I was done. I am really thankful to be driving this Ford Mustang. These guys worked really hard with what we unloaded with, and there were definitely a lot of unknowns. It was a team effort. I want to win so bad.”

Ross Chastain was the more dominant driver in the first half of the race that was scheduled for 200 laps but extended to 203 laps by the overtime restart resulting from an 11th caution for a multi-car crash involving Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Tommy Joe Martins, Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones on lap 197. Busch won both of the 45-lap stages in the first half of the race, even though by the time the second stage ended on lap 90, he had led only 25 laps to Chastain’s 65.

Chastain started on the pole, while Busch was in 18th for the initial green flag. Busch was inside the top-10 by a lap-four caution for Kody Vanderwal, and by a lap-20 competition caution. Busch took his first lead on lap 38.

After Busch won his first stage, Chastain retook the lead on a lap-53 restart. Busch, then, took his second stage-winning lead when he passed Chastain on lap 81.

Chastain also led early in the third 113-lap stage. Chastain and Busch were the only two race leaders before the race field cycled through green-flag pit stops around lap 150. Busch was penalized for speeding on pit road during the cycle, and Chastain made extra pit stops to damage repair his car sustained when he hit the wall as a result of getting into oil put down by Timmy Hill’s car a few laps later.

Cindric was up front after the caution for Hill’s blown engine but was passed by Busch on lap 190. Busch was on newer tires, having pitted during a Chase Briscoe caution just past lap 170. Hemric pitted just a few laps later under another caution.

Chastain finished fourth, and Allgaier rounded out the top-five after a late-race unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire. Finishing sixth through 10th were Brett Moffitt, Michael Annett, Brandon Brown, Harrison Burton and Myatt Snider.

Below, is the complete finishing order of the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

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