Kyle Busch was disqualified from an apparent victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday after his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota failed post-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch’s car was found out of compliance with the height requirements, according to the NASCAR Rule Book. That ruling elevated Austin Cindric, who was the second driver to take the checkered flag, to his third Xfinity Series victory of the year in the My Bariatric Solutions 300. It also send Busch’s No. 54 to last place in the 37-car field.
The last driver to be disqualified from an Xfinity Series win was Denny Hamlin, whose No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was also penalized for failing height requirements last August at Darlington Raceway. That promoted apparent runner-up Cole Custer to victory.
NASCAR competition officials introduced a tougher deterrence system into the rule book before the 2019 season, one that included disqualifications for significant rules violations.
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Kyle Busch got his 98th career win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, winning at Texas for the 10th time after a final two-lap sprint to the checkered flag.
Busch won by 0.949 seconds Saturday afternoonahead of Austin Cindric, who was coming off two wins at Kentucky last weekend.
After coming back through the field three times in the race, including an early speeding penalty on pit road, Busch built a 3.3 second-lead before a final caution flag when Joe Graf Jr. made contact with the wall. Busch led only 15 of the 201 laps in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
“Just a slick race track. These Xfinity cars, they don’t have a whole lot of grip so you’re definitely battling it. The Twix Cookies & Cream Supra here was better than the rest, it was pretty good,” Busch said. “That last run we were a little too tight and I was kind of worried that the 7 (Justin Allgaier) was going to have something for us, but then they had a penalty. The 22 (Cindric) was kind of charging on me and catching me a little bit, but then he kind of stalled out and that was it. Got a great restart there at the end and was able to bring it home for our boys.”
Busch has 212 wins combined in NASCAR’s top three series, with 56 Cup Series wins and 58 in the Trucks Series race.
Justin Allgaier regained the lead from Cindric when both pitted on lap 159, but was penalized for a blend line penalty when getting back on the track. After doing his pass-through penalty 10 laps later, he dropped two laps off the pace. and wound up finishing fourth, behind series points leader Chase Briscoe.
Cindric led three times for 44 laps. Allgaier was in front four times for 98 laps.
Busch was also entered in the Trucks Series race at Texas on Saturday night.
The first caution came five laps into race when Riley Herbst ended up in the wall after coming out of Turn 4 onto the frontstretch with Noah Gragson right behind him. There was significant damage to the rear of the No. 18 Toyota driven by Herbst after it slammed hard into the outside wall, though Gragson said on the radio that his car didn’t make contact. Herbst couldn’t get back up to minimum speed after the restart and his day was over.
Allgaier swept both stages on Saturday, totaling seven stage wins of the NASCAR Xfinity season. He had a 2.259-second lead over Austin Cindric when the second stage came to an end after the 90th lap Saturday. Allgaier led 51 laps and Cindric 38.