Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway Winners and losers at Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Xfinity results at Auto Club Speedway John Hunter Nemechek wins Xfinity race at Auto Club Speedway Long: Kyle Busch celebrates first of what could be many wins with RCR
Kyle Bush and Richard Childress completed the lap on Sunday.
Busch, who joined the Childress team at the end of last season after 15 years with Joe Gibbs Racing, won at Auto Club Speedway in his second points race with RCR on Sunday. At one time, the driver and team owner were at odds, and Childress, in response to Busch’s aggression on the track, called on a bystander to “hold the clock” while he worked out a problem with Busch.
Validating his nomination as RCR’s top car, Busch dominated Sunday’s final race and made it clear he was likely to be the top contender in their first season together.
Busch led into the final round of green flag stops, came back to the lead after the stops and was unopposed in the final miles.
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“I think it only ranks high because it fits with the fact that I can do it,” Bush told Fox Sports. “I never doubted myself, but sometimes you do. You kind of get down to it, you wonder what’s going on and what’s going on and you put yourself in a different situation and you can come out here and reward your guys. It’s not that I always win, but the guys. I’ve been with a lot of great people who have given me a lot of great opportunities in my career, so it’s great to be able to reward them.”
The victory gave Bush a significant record. This marked his 19th consecutive season of winning at least one Cup race, giving him an unparalleled lead in the category. At 18, he was involved with Richard Petty.
The race was the final on the 2-mile oval in the ACS. The track is planned to be replaced by a half-mile oval.
Next in the top five were Chase Elliott, Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez And Kevin Harvick.
A busy restart on lap 87 changed the course of the race as nine cars were affected by a chain reaction. The crash seemed to start like a leader Joey Logano made a slow restart, blocking traffic behind him and causing several vehicles to lose control. Cars Christopher Bell And Ryan Blaney absorbed the heaviest damage of those who remained on the track after the accident.
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Bell said poor visibility was a problem.
“You can’t see what’s going on,” Bell said. “You just walk away from the guy in front of you and all of a sudden he slows down and I bump into him and the other guys bump into me.”
The first warning on the track took off on lap 42. Corey Lajoie made contact with Brad Keselowski, sending car number 6 up a long hill. About 40 laps later, Lajoie received another warning when he was hit by Tyler Reddickdriving Lajoie’s car onto the grass apron separating the track from the pit road.
Chastain led 29 laps and won the first stage against Blaney. The next in the top five were Suarez, Alex Bowman And Denny Hamlin. At the end of the second stage, Chastain was again in the lead, beating second place Kyle Busch by six seconds. Chastain led 68 of the first 130 laps of the race.
Stage 1 winner: Ross Chastain
Stage 2 winner: Ross Chastain
Who had a good race: Kyle Busch highlighted the fact that joining Richard Childress Racing was a great move as he only won his second points race with the team. … Ross Chastain had a strong car in the afternoon, winning the first two stages and dominating the middle of the race. … Chase Elliott was successful throughout the race, challenging the top five in the final miles to finish second. … Martin Truex Jr. rallied after a two-lap penalty and finished 11th.
Who had a bad race: Kyle LarsonThe California pilot’s first lap visit ended in failure as his Chevrolet had electrical problems. After the repair, he returned to the track 15 laps lower. … Overheating issues submitted Bubba Wallace to the garage for 24 laps, finishing what was a good run.
Next: The Cup Series is moving to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the race will take place on March 5th.
Take a look at the winners and losers of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway:
Kyle Bush “Those who doubted that Bush’s outstanding talents could be transferred to Richard Childress Racing may stop. Busch had a near-perfect race on Sunday in his second scoring with the RCR, pushing his total Cup wins to 61.
Chase Elliott — Elliot made gains throughout Sunday’s race and finished second. He didn’t have the energy to challenge Kyle Busch at the end, but his team’s progress since the Daytona 500 is noteworthy.
Trackhouse Racing — Ross Chastain won the first two stages and completed 91 (out of 200) laps before finishing third. Daniel Suarezhis teammate, rallied after a speeding ticket and finished fourth.
Kyle Larson – As soon as the race started, Larson went behind the wall due to electrical problems. He returned to finish the race but finished 29th after 15 laps.
William Byron Byron ran in the top five for part of the day but finished two laps 25th.
AJ Allmendinger — The accident parked Allmendinger after 75 laps and he finished last.
John Hunter Nemechek took his first win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season Sunday night at Auto Club Speedway.
Three JR Motorsports riders finished in the top five. Sam Mayer was the second Justin Algayer third and Josh Berry fifth. Chandler Smith finished fifth. Daytona Winner Austin Hillwhich remains the leader in points, finished sixth.
Race results: Autoclub Xfinity results
Points report: Xfinity Driver Points after Auto Club
After narrowly losing the season opener to Xfinity last weekend in Dayton, John Hunter Nemechek won Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway.
This win was Nemecek’s third in the Xfinity Series and his first since October 2021 in Texas.
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Sam Mayer tied his best career finish with a second-place finish a week after he flipped at Dayton. JR Motorsports teammate Justin Algayer took third place for the second race in a row. Chandler Smith was a career-best fourth. Josh Berry placed fifth, giving JRM three of the top five.
Daytona Winner Austin Hill took sixth place.
Cole Custerwinning the first two stages, finished 27th after suffering a flat tire and crashing into a wall on lap 91 of the 150-lap race.
Stage 1 winner: Cole Custer
Stage 2 winner: Cole Custer
Who had a good race: John Hunter Nemechek started the season in second and first place with Joe Gibbs Racing. … Brett Moffit finished ninth in AM Racing, the best result of the team’s career. … Parker Kligerman finished 10th in his first full season of Xfinity…