Although it was included with a small drama at the last stage, Busch captured his 200th triumph in NASCAR’s national series having a victory Sunday at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana, Calif..
Busch had to over come a pit road speeding penalty following the Stage two fracture but recovered the lead with 25 of 200 laps remaining. He held on for a 2.354-second triumph on Joey Logano.
“Wonderful vehicle. Thanks, thankyou, thanks ,” Busch said on his team as he took the checkered flag.
Busch, 3 3, is the next driver to collect 200 wins across NASCAR’s three national string — Cup, Xfinity and Trucks. He has 53 at Cup, 94 in the Xfinity Series and 53 at Trucks. He’s the all-time wins leader in both Xfinity and Trucks.
Seven-time Cup series winner Richard Petty additionally has 200 wins and most of his came in the Cup series.
“It feels just like (win) No. 1, just like yesterday,” Busch said. “Man, I had this wonderful racecar. I mean – dang! I’m glad we put on a heck of a series for all of the fans out here at Car Club Speedway.
“It is just amazing. To win 200, whatever it means, it means a whole great deal if you ask me. It means a whole great deal to all of my guys, to everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing. You guys are the very best. It’s an remarkable opportunity to drive for Joe Gibbs and I have loved every moment of it.
“I simply WISh we can keep it moving, running strong, running well and winning these races”
Brad Keselowski finished next, Kevin Harvick was third and Ryan Blaney completed the top five.
Observing the break between Stages 3 and 2, each one of the lead-lap car elected to pit with Kyle Busch the first off pit road but had been penalized for speeding on pit road and had to restart the stage from the rear of the area.
Truex was penalized for using too many team members over pit wall during his stop.
Kyle Busch declared 18th and Hamlin at 20th.
He’d whined about possible engine difficulties and had also made contact with the wallsocket.
On 136, Kyle Busch had left his way back in the top ten, nearly 7 seconds behind the leader, Keselowski.
Together with 55 laps remaining in the race, Keselowski continued to hold an even more than 3-second guide over Harvick.
On Lap 14-9, Logano moved in to the runner-up position behind Keselowski as Kyle Busch continued his march into the front and shot within the sixth position from Almirola.
Together with 45 laps to go, Keselowski maintained a not quite 4-second guide over Logano with all Blaney in third giving Team Penske 1 2 3 out front.
A last form of green-flag pit stops captured underway with 40 laps remaining in the race. Logano and Blaney were one of the first to go to pit road.
Bubba Wallace had a tire come apart and a warning was displayed with 37 laps left for debris to the race track at the middle of green-flag stops.
Five of those six cars on the lead lap chosen to pit but Blaney remained on the track and inherited the race lead once the race returned to green on Lap 170.
On the restart, Blaney immediately fell straight back and Keselowski moved from third and back in to the guide.
Together with 26 laps to go, Logano went into the inside of Keselowski and caught the guide as Kyle Busch moved to third.
1 lap later, Kyle Busch went from third to first and recovered the guide he’d lost after his pit stop penalty between Stages 3 and 2.
Busch moved out to an even far more than 2-second guide over Logano with 17 laps remaining in the race. Keselowski remained in third.