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NASCAR: Bristol Motor Speedway results in 3 minutes

Kyle Busch took advantage of late fuel problems by Chris Buescher and won the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night.

It was Busch’s eighth career Xfinity victory at Bristol and also continued his strong showing across all three of NASCAR’s national series this summer. Since coming back from a broken leg and foot suffered in a crash in February, Busch has won four Sprint Cup races, three Xfinity events and two Truck races. He finished second in Wednesday’s Truck race at Bristol.

“You stay in the game until the end, and sometimes it’s your night,” Busch said. “I give (Buescher) credit for trying to make it there at the end on gas.”

Busch trailed Xfinity points leader Buescher on the final restart on the start of a two-lap overtime. But after jumping ahead of the field, Buescher’s Ford lost power as it ran out of gas. Buescher, who led 106 laps and still leads the standings by 19 points ahead of Ty Dillon, finished 11th.

Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin finished second and third, respectively. Dillon was fourth and Daniel Suarez finished fifth.

Turning point

Busch took the lead on a green-white-checker restart when Buescher ran out of gas.

Three who mattered

Kyle Busch: Keeps his hot summer going with his eighth career Xfinity victory at Bristol.

Chris Buescher: Thought he had the field covered until running out of gas and losing lead on Lap 301.

Elliott Sadler: Late-race wreck put severe dent in his championship hopes, as Sadler finished 31st and remains in fifth place, unable to make up any ground on Buescher.

Observations

▪ Knowing he was short on fuel, Buescher’s gamble to make it to the end failed. He was visibly frustrated about things after the race. But he’s still got a 19-point lead in the points standings.

▪ Suarez was the highest finisher among four Dash4Cash program drivers and won $100,000. Suarez will join Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Chase Elliott in the final round at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Sept. 5.

▪ The Xfinity series returns to road-course racing next week at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The most recent road-course race – two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio – had a thrilling finish when Regan Smith bumped Alex Tagliani aside on the final turn to win.

They said it

“I’m mad. We were so good.” – Buescher, who lost his lead to Busch

Next race

Road America 180

Where: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

When: 3 p.m., Aug. 29.

TV: NBC Sports Network.

Radio: Motor Racing Network.

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