When will Kyle Busch‘s dominance ever stop? Busch was in victory lane once again on Saturday, his third time in five races this year. The Royal Purple 300 at the Auto Club Speedway, otherwise known as Fontana, was the scene for his latest dominating effort.
The win sealed Joe Gibbs Racing‘s eighth win in a row at the Auto Club Speedway. Besides being the site of Busch’s first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, he’s now won there six times in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Busch didn’t have the best car though all day and had to work hard to win the race on Saturday afternoon.
His No. 54 Toyota struggled with handling early as he lost the lead immediately on lap one to teammate Elliott Sadler. However, Sadler lost the lead on lap 18 with an electrical issue which caused the engine to shut off while having 1.5 second lead over Busch. Sadler was never able to retain the lead and Busch took advantage of it. His only true competition throughout the day was Sam Hornish Jr., who led 28 laps before finishing second.
There was plenty of pit strategy throughout the race that caused teams to attempt to save fuel. One of those was Hornish’s teammate, Brad Keselowski, who stayed out of the pits with 39 laps to go thinking he could make it on gas to the end of the race. Unfortunately for Keselowski, he had to shut the car off entering the corners which made him drop all the way back from the lead to 19th place.
The highest finishing rookie of the race was Parker Kligerman. Kligerman’s been riding a string of momentum lately and it truly isn’t a surprise that he finished fourth. Austin Dillon finished right behind Kligerman as Dillon can’t seem to find the confidence which he had last season. Kyle Larson continued to prove that he’s going to be a successful driver, as he was contending for the lead at one point in the race and was one of the fastest drivers on the restarts.
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