Busch wins NXS race at Phoenix, Championship 4 are Sadler, Suarez, Allgaier, Jones
Kyle Busch clinches routine victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, starting from pole and leading for 190 of 200 laps in the Ticket Galaxy 200, the penultimate race of the season. He crossed the finish line 6.115 seconds ahead of Austin Dillon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished third. This is 10th Xfinity Series win for Busch in 2016, his 10th at the PIR and 86th win of his career. In total, he scored 170 wins in all three NASCAR national series.
Behind three Sprint Series regulars, there was a dramatic eight-men battle for four places in the Championship 4 round at Homested-Miami Speedway next weekend. Justin Allgaier and Daniel Suarez secured spots in the Championship 4 with respective fourth and fifth-place finishes. Erik Jones finish 10th and took the third place in the Championship 4 grid.
The fourth man is Elliott Sadler, who finished 13th in the race but he had to wait NASCAR officials to decide about penalty because of loose lug nuts on his #1 Chevrolet. They decided that Sadler’s crew chief Kevin Meendering will serve a suspension next week. There was no penalty for Sadler and he stayed in a contention for 2016 Xfinity Series title.
Blake Koch finished 8th and lost the final Championship 4 position to Sadler by four points. Other three drivers who didn’t qulify for the Championship 4 are Ryan Reed, Brendan Gaughan and Darrell Wallace Jr.
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