It was close but no cigar for Kyle Busch and his quest for NASCAR victory 200 in Saturday afternoon’s Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The No. 18 Supra driver led a race high 98-laps and won the first two stages of the race en route to a runner-up finish with teammate Christopher Bell just behind in third.
Bell spent much of his day inside the top-five, led five-laps and gained in the series point standings.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones continues his impressive season with a seventh-place finish. Bell sits fifth in the series point standings while Jones is sixth.
After a weekend off, the Xfinity Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday March, 30th.
“I just wasn’t fast enough. At the end there, he (Custer) was really good and really fast and had a good car. They got better throughout the day and got closer to our rear bumper there on that second-to-last run before we had our pit road problems and dropped us back in the pack. Obviously, we were able to rebound, but when you have a fast guy out front and a fast guy in second, they run the same times and they stay the same distance apart. We just weren’t quick enough there at the end to chase them down. Hate it for all the iK9 Supra guys and everybody that supports us and supports our program” ~Kyle Busch, No. 18 Extreme Concepts iK9 Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing
“This was by far the best day I’ve ever had at this race track. We really made some really good changes and I think that’s what kind of amplified our day some. To get going, I was like, ‘Gosh, this is going to be another tough day at Auto Club.’ Stayed with it and the team made really great adjustments.” ~ Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards Toyota Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing