Kyle Busch Adds Watkins Glen to his Win Total in the Zippo 200

Photo Credit:  David Tulis

WATKINS GLEN, NY - RIS - Kyle Busch finally added the famous road course at Watkins Glen International to his list of tracks he had conquered.  It was his 90th win in the Xfinity Series.  He continued his hot streak in NASCAR Series races.  Busch took his customary bow to the stands, which was a milestone win for the Toyota driver.

Busch recovered from a spinout and a pit road penalty and survived a late restart to win the Zippo 200 on Saturday, his first triumph at Watkins Glen International in the Xfinity series. It also was the first Xfinity victory at Watkins Glen for Joe Gibbs Racing and the company's 139th win overall in the series, breaking a tie with Roush Fenway for the top spot.

"It's been a long time coming. We've been so close so many times," Busch said. "I knew I just had to not screw it up."

Busch topped the Penske Racing duo of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski and easily beat them on a restart with three laps to go for his 90th series win. Watkins Glen International and Pocono were the only tracks currently on the Xfinity schedule where Busch had not won. He's also won on every track in the Cup series except Charlotte.

Logano was second in his bid to win this race for the third straight time from the pole and Keselowski was third, followed by Justin Allgaier and Paul Menard.

Logano and Keselowski had dominated the previous two Xfinity races at Watkins Glen. In 2015, Logano led 39 laps, one fewer than his teammate, and they finished 1-2. A year ago Logano led 67 laps, including the final 27, for his second straight victory from the pole.

"Maybe one more restart and one of those green-white-checkered things would have been nice," Logano said. "Overall, to start on the pole and be the runner-up doesn't always feel good, but we did learn some things for tomorrow."

Busch recovered from a spinout and a pit road penalty and survived a late restart to win the Zippo 200 on Saturday, his first triumph at Watkins Glen International in the Xfinity series. It also was the first Xfinity victory at Watkins Glen for Joe Gibbs Racing and the company's 139th win overall in the series, breaking a tie with Roush Fenway for the top spot.

"It's been a long time coming. We've been so close so many times," Busch said. "I knew I just had to not screw it up."

Busch topped the Penske Racing duo of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski and easily beat them on a restart with three laps to go for his 90th series win. Watkins Glen International and Pocono were the only tracks currently on the Xfinity schedule where Busch had not won. He's also won on every track in the Cup series except Charlotte.

Logano was second in his bid to win this race for the third straight time from the pole and Keselowski was third, followed by Justin Allgaier and Paul Menard.

Logano and Keselowski had dominated the previous two Xfinity races at Watkins Glen. In 2015, Logano led 39 laps, one fewer than his teammate, and they finished 1-2. A year ago Logano led 67 laps, including the final 27, for his second straight victory from the pole.

But, this was Kyle Busch’s day, and as it hot streak appears to be rising, there is no doubt he will be a factor when the series ends at Homestead.

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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Volume 2017, Issue 8, Posted 1:26 AM, 08.06.2017