Kyle Busch wins NASCAR trucks race after earlier Xfinity DQ

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2020

Austin Cindric collected his third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series win Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway after Kyle Busch's No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota failed postrace inspection - the left rear on his auto was ruled too low. He then nearly pulled into the wrong pit stall, initially pulling toward the No. 18 markers - the number of his Cup auto - instead of the No. 51 Toyota truck.

After he got out of the truck at the start-finish line, Busch quipped that technically he hadn't won yet.

Team Penske driver Cindric, who swept a doubleheader weekend at Kentucky Speedway last week, originally finished less than a second behind Busch, but the finishing order was corrected to show Cindric the victor and Xfinity Series championship leader Chase Briscoe the race runner-up.

Cindric - only the ninth driver in NASCAR Xfinity Series history to win three straight races - said he was tipped off to the possibility of a change in finishing order after walking out of his team transporter and saw Busch's auto and team still undergoing inspection in the garage. After finishing almost a second ahead of Austin Cindric, the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Toyota failed postrace inspection because the left rear was too low.

Once Cindric's No. 22 Ford cleared inspection, he was declared the victor, which is now his third consecutive victory in the series after sweeping last weekend's doubleheader at Kentucky.

Busch got his 59th career win in 155 Trucks Series starts. He still has 97 Xfinity wins, to go along with 56 Cup Series wins.

"I saw the 18 box and thought my number was 18 so I turned in, " Busch said of that final stop.

Busch had extended his lead to more than four seconds before Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes made contact on the backstretch with 15 laps left to bring out a caution.

After Busch and Eckes went side-by-side for several laps on the final restart, the veteran driver shot by Eckes for good with eight laps left in the 167-lap race at the 1 1/2-mile track. Eckes led four times for 52 laps. "We battled hard and it was really fun to go toe-to-toe with the best". Run behind him and he's moving all around.

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