Kyle Busch wins his – supposed – last race in NASCAR Xfinity; Alex Labbé 15th in Atlanta (+ video)
Saturday July 10, 2021 by Julie Bouchard
At the end of a race that lasted nearly 2h20 minutes, punctuated by 16 changes of leader, Kyle Busch (Toyota / Joe Gibbs racing) resisted contact at the end of the race with his teammate Daniel Hemric to win the race. the NASCAR Xfinity series contested this Saturday afternoon on the 1.54 mile oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For Busch, this comes to close a real sweep this season in the series as he won all 5 races in which he participated this season. Even more symbolically, this victory would be his last, with Kyle having indicated that he intends not to participate in the races of the Xfinity series in the future.
Driving his Toyota No.54 (Joe Gibbs Racing’s 4th car in the series), Busch was dominant all day, leading 97 of 164 laps in this Credit Karma Money 250 and scoring both wins in Segments 1 and 2. His 102nd Xfinity Series win was also his third in the series over the Georgia Oval.
Aside from the stats, the major event in the race came on a relaunch 6 laps from the end, as Busch and Hemric hung on. Hemric was unable to maintain control of his Toyota No.18 and hit the wall at turn 1. He had led 45 laps but with this incident he ended up ranked 30th in the 40-car peloton at the start of this race. race.
Jeb Burton finished second behind the wheel of Kaulig Racing’s No.10 Chevrolet. He was 0.550 seconds behind Busch at the checkered flag. Noah Gragson, Justin Haley and Ty Dillon completed the Top 5, ahead of Brett Moffitt, Justin Allgaier, Jeremy Clements, Sam Mayer and Austin Cindric.
Replacing at the last minute Michael Annett (injured leg) in the No. 1 Chevrolet of JR Motorsports, the Cup series driver Austin Dillon finished 11th, 4 places ahead of Quebecer Alex Labbé.
Starting 17th, the driver of the No.36 Chevrolet of DGM Racing in Larue colors completed the first segment 7th before falling back to 30th in second. His recovery at the end of the race allowed him to cross the finish line 15th, 4.578 seconds behind the winner. “I fought all day with the car. Even at the end, it was not yet perfect but I managed to slip into the Top 15 at the end of the race thanks to some good raises. We also had a little concern with our tire strategy since we decided to put in old tires at the end of the race but luck was with us … Honestly, we had the car to finish beyond the first 20 but It’s okay, we saved the furniture! Alex summed up.
For the full ranking, click here, and for the best moments in pictures see the video below. It was the 18th event of the 2021 season. The next one is scheduled for next Saturday, July 17, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (start around 3pm).