Kyle Busch Scores 99th NASCAR Xfinity Victory; Alex Labbé 18th at Texas Motor Speedway (+ video)


Saturday June 12, 2021 by Julie Bouchard

Hours after the pickup truck series race, the NACAR Xfinity Series drivers were out on the track on the 1.5 mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. The opportunity for Kyle Busch to win the victory, which was played in overtime and thus get his hands on a 99th victory in the series.

While it took going into overtime to see a final raise decide the race, Busch completely dominated this 14th race of the 2021 season, leading 94 of 171 laps in what was the Alsco Uniforms 250, contested in sweltering heat. With his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota No.54, Kyle crossed the finish line by a margin of 433 thousandths of a second over Justin Allgaier, who led 23 laps with the Chevrolet No.7 from JR Motorsports.

For Busch, this is also his tenth Xfinity triumph at the Fort Worth track, which is a record, and his second win in two races in the Xfinity series this year.

Reigning Series champion Austin Cindric (Ford / Team Penske) finished third, ahead of two other Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota’s, Daniel Hemric’s fourth and Brandon Jones fifth. The Top 10 is rounded out by AJ Allmendinger, winner last week at Mid-Ohio, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley and Michael Annett.

Starting 10th, the Quebec driver Alex Labbé had to be content with 18th position at the finish. He was 18th at the end of the first segment and 21 at the end of the second. “It was really tough today. I received my second dose of the Covid vaccine earlier this week and had some health issues the whole week after that. It didn’t help me in a physically tough race like today, with the intense heat, ”Alex confides. The driver of the Chevrolet No.36 of DGM Racing adds: “I fought hard to get 18th place. We also had difficulty in the pits, which made me lose a lot of positions and it was really difficult to regain those positions on the track ”.

Cindric won segment 1 and Busch won segment 2 of the race which lasted just over 2 hours and 20 minutes and saw 14 lead changes. For the full ranking, click here. And for the summary in pictures, see the video below.

The next race in the Xfinity Series will be the Tennessee Lottery 250, next Saturday June 19 (start 3:30 p.m.), at the Nashville Superspeedway. The event will mark the series’ first visit to the Tennessee 1.33 Mile Trail since 2011.



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