The Joe Gibbs Racing contingent started the Indiana 250 strong, leading practice and sweeping the top-three positions in qualifying. When the 100-lap event was settled, it was Kyle Busch who drove away the victor for this fourth win of the season, fourth Indiana 250 crown and 96th Xfinity Series victory.
When his teammate Christopher Bell had an accident going for the lead with eight laps to go, it was Busch who took over the top spot for the fifth time of the day. On the final restart, Busch was able to hold off Justin Allgaier and score the win. After starting on the pole, Busch led 46 of the 100 laps.
“We just didn’t have the grip in traffic,” said Busch. “Our car was really, really fast in a straight line and could pass some of those guys down the straightaways. Even if I botched the corner, it seemed like I could pass them back. Different situations with some of those guys. The 7 (Justin Allgaier) was really good. He was really smart and played a great race. We were just faster and fast enough there at the end in order to make sure that we stayed in front of those guys. Real proud of the effort and certainly want to thank Big Machine Vodka, Big Machine Label Group for being on my stuff there and partnering with the track here this weekend. Also want to thank the fans, appreciate their support. Of course this Combo’s Supra – these guys and everybody on this team did a great job. It’s pretty cool to win here in Indy any time. We’ll take it.”
Teammate Brandon Jones earned his third Playoff point of the season by winning stage one. Despite getting spun out with less than 20 laps to go, Jones charged through the field to finish sixth.
“All-in-all, we had a great day,” said Jones. “The Toyotas were really fast all day long. Qualifying we were 1-2-3. I thought this was the car to win the race, but with the contact, it was very difficult to get back up there. Even with the damage, we past a couple at the end there, so I was really impressed there. I’m really proud of this team that is behind me. I would not want to be with anyone else going into this Playoff.”