Busch disqualified after Xfinity win, Cindric takes third straight win

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Busch celebrated a 10th NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in Texas and then won.

Busch’s No.54 Joe Gibbs Toyota failed post-track inspection on Saturday after finishing ahead of Austin Cindric, who was declared the winner of the third straight win after taking both Xfinity races in Kentucky.

NASCAR said Busch’s car was disqualified for height failure with the left rear measuring too low.

It would have been Busch’s 98th career victory in the series. Instead, Cindric got his fifth in 83 career starts despite crossing the finish line 0.949 seconds behind Busch. This allowed Cindric to finish 1-2 with Ford ahead of series points leader Chase Briscoe.

Busch bounced back on Saturday night to win his fifth Truck Series race in Texas, his 59th overall victory in that series. It was his 212th victory in NASCAR’s first three series, including 56 in the Cup Series.

Cindric, 21, son of Penske team chairman Tim Cindric, said he had already dressed in his business attire in his truck when he noticed that everyone was still around car # 54. He said it was great to win, no matter how it goes.

“I felt like we had a chance to do it today. And maybe it didn’t perform as well as you should, but that’s what kept us out, “said Cindric. “But fast race cars and being in position is where it counts.”

Busch had to come back across the field three times in the race, including an early speeding penalty on the pit lane. He built a 3.3-second lead before a final warning flag when Joe Graf Jr. made contact with the wall. Busch only led 15 of the 201 laps.

Justin Allgaier had taken the lead from Cindric when the two faced off on the 159th lap, but was penalized for a mix line penalty when he returned to the track. After taking his pass penalty 10 laps later, he lost two laps behind before recovering for a third place.

“I would like an explanation, because it’s the same way we’ve been doing it for as long as I’ve been in NASCAR,” Allgaier said. ” Disappointing. … Winning the two stages and knowing that we had a car capable of winning was really a solid afternoon. ”

Cindric led three times for 44 laps. Allgaier, who won both stages during the race, has led four times over 98 laps.

Texas is a 1 1/2 mile track like Kentucky, where Cindric won twice last weekend. His other Xfinity victories were back to back in road races at Watkins-Glen and Mid-Ohio last July. Christopher Bell was the last Xfinity rider to win three consecutive races in July 2018.

“I have more victories on ovals than on the road. I’ll take it, I’ll move with it. It’s great to be able to capitalize on fast race cars, ”said Cindric. “I don’t know this weekend, we were as good as we were in Kentucky. But overall being able to run in front all day, get good stage points and have a say in all the races, that was great. We just have to keep building on it. ”

No spectators were allowed to compete in the Xfinity race or the Truck Series race on Saturday night as Busch raced again. Thousands of fans will be in the stands for the Cup race on Sunday.

Noah Gragson, who entered the runner-up for points in the season, crashed into turn 3 on lap 117 after relaxing after the air took off from the back with Cindric behind him. There doesn’t seem to be any contact. Gragson finished 30th and fell to third in points while Cindric moved up to second.

Gragson was behind Riley Herbst in a similar incident five laps into the race, when Herbst slammed into the outside wall at the exit of Turn 4 and finished his day to finish last in the 37-car field, although he was moved from place after Busch Disqualification. Gragson said on the radio that there was no contact.

“We were just learning the track here in Texas for the first time on this expressway and we were absolutely driven by car 9 (Gragson),” said Herbst. “Just a little disrespect. “



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