Kyle Busch Makes a Last Lap Pass to Win At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date: May 25, 2020
Event: Alsco 300 (Round 6 of 33)
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: 200 laps (Stages: 45 laps / 90 laps / 200 laps)
Start / Finish: 18th / 1st (Running, completed 203 of 203 laps)
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45)
- Kyle Busch started the Alsco 300 this Memorial Day from the 18th position and quickly moved up to 13th by lap 1 and was 10th when the first caution flag flew on lap 3.
- Busch continued his march towards the front and was listed fifth by lap 13 and took the lead on lap 38.
- Busch continued to lead and won stage 1 of the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
- Under that stage one caution crew chief Jacob Canter summoned his driver to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and adjustments to help with rear security
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90)
- Busch started stage two from the point position but lost the lead to Ross Chastain on the restart.
- Busch fell back to third on lap 72 and struggled with the handling on his No. 54 App State Class of 2020 Supra.
- On lap 78, Busch was able to take second back from Chase Briscoe and took the lead from Chastain on lap 81
- The veteran driver won stage 2 and pitted for four tires, fuel and slight adjustments when that caution flag flew to end the stage.
- The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion was able to win the race off pit road and restarted first for the final stage of the race
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 91-200)
- Busch started from the point with 101 laps remaining in the race but Chastian was able to grab lead on the restart
- However, two laps later, Busch rocketed by Chastian to grab the lead.
- On lap 148, Busch hit pit road for a scheduled green-flag pit stop and was busted for a speeding penalty in section 1. He was listed a lap down when a caution flag flew on lap 153.
- The App State team took the wave around and restarted in the top 10 and retook the lead with nine laps to go.
- After several caution flag flew during the final laps, Busch prevailed and won his 97th NASCAR Xfinity race and his 10th NXS win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 54 App State Class of 2020 Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
How challenging was the race tonight?
“I thought choosing the outside was the right way, but obviously it wasn’t. Those guys put up a whale of a fight tonight on restarts. I was really surprised by that, I guess I’m not that good at it anymore. Overall, I really want to thank M&M’s and more importantly, want to wish the 2020 class from Appalachian State congratulations on getting their diplomas this year, it’s a little different I know, but hopefully this will lift your spirits a little bit. We won for you and took all the rest of those big houses down tonight. It was pretty cool to score a win here in Charlotte as always.”
What can you say about your legacy in the Xfinity Series?
“I would say the biggest thing is just working with so many different teams and so many different crew chiefs. Having the opportunity to win with a lot of them, if not all of them. Just being able to go out there and work with a lot of cool guys, a lot of people that have helped me along the way and gotten me to this point. A lot of great sponsors over the years too – another shout out to M&M’s and Interstate Batteries, Toyota, Rheem, Snickers, Skittles, Rowdy Energy. It’s nice to be able to get all those guys in victory lane here in the Xfinity Series. Appreciate them helping me out in these final five, six or however many races I need to get to close it out at 100.”
How was the last restart?
“It was interesting, and it was crazy. Earlier in the race, Ross Chastain gave me a hell of a run on a restart and then right there, Austin (Cindric) gave me a hell of a run on that restart and I thought picking the outside lane would be the sure launch and those guys would spin their tires down there and not get going. It might have been the 8 that helped the 22 stay alongside of me and he was just able to clear me in one and two. Crazy how all that turned out, but really want to say congratulations to the 2020 class at Appalachian State. I know this year is a little different for your graduation and getting you diploma, but still there is a lot ahead of you and use that as determination to get better like we did every single restart. We used that in order to get better and try to go out there and win this thing. We got it and want to thank M&M’s, Toyota, Rowdy Energy and everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing. This is 97 so a couple more left.”
Is this the start of three wins in a row with tomorrow night’s truck race and Wednesday night’s Cup race?
“I’d like to hope so. We’ve been so close these last few days. Every day it seems we’re right there and we have top-fives going, it’s just a matter of execution. Some guys do a little better job or have a better opportunity to do a better job with the way their cars are or whatever. Unfortunately, this is only my second win of the year for as long as we’ve been racing – it hasn’t been that long. It would be nice to continue the winning ways and get Kyle Busch Motorsports back to victory lane tomorrow night and then of course try to win the Cup race here Wednesday.”