• NASCAR Cup Series
  • Xfinity Series
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Circuit of The Americas

Pit Boss 250

May 22nd, 2021

RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Kyle Busch

54 |

1

Running

46

35

0

0

2

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

7

Running

46

3

48

1

3

Justin Allgaier

7 |

9

Running

46

3

43

0

4

Kevin Harvick

5 |

12

Running

46

0

0

0

5

Austin Cindric

22 |

8

Running

46

2

34

0

6

Harrison Burton

20 |

10

Running

46

0

31

0

7

Cole Custer

17 |

3

Running

46

0

0

0

8

Tyler Reddick

31 |

5

Running

46

0

0

0

9

Justin Haley

11 |

6

Running

46

3

38

1

10

Jeb Burton

10 |

11

Running

46

0

27

0

11

Michael Annett

1 |

35

Running

46

0

35

0

12

Brett Moffitt

02 |

21

Running

46

0

25

0

13

Austin Dillon

77 |

17

Running

46

0

0

0

14

Preston Pardus

91 |

22

Running

46

0

23

0

15

Jade Buford

48 |

18

Running

46

0

30

0

16

Riley Herbst

98 |

29

Running

46

0

21

0

17

Brandon Jones

19 |

19

Running

46

0

28

0

18

Andy Lally

23 |

13

Running

46

0

26

0

19

Spencer Pumpelly

6 |

16

Running

46

0

18

0

20

Alex Labbe

36 |

4

Running

46

0

17

0

21

Myatt Snider

2 |

23

Running

46

0

16

0

22

Landon Cassill

4 |

30

Running

46

0

15

0

23

Jeremy Clements

51 |

33

Running

46

0

25

0

24

Ryan Ellis

99 |

31

Running

46

0

13

0

25

Ryan Sieg

39 |

34

Running

46

0

12

0

26

Brandon Brown

68 |

14

Running

46

0

11

0

27

Gray Gaulding

52 |

25

Running

46

0

10

0

28

Colby Howard

15 |

27

Running

46

0

10

0

29

Daniel Hemric

18 |

26

Running

46

0

8

0

30

Ross Chastain

07 |

2

Running

36

0

0

0

31

Boris Said

13 |

24

Running

35

0

6

0

32

Kris Wright

26 |

36

Engine

29

0

0

0

33

Timmy Hill

66 |

28

Engine

29

0

0

0

34

Miguel Paludo

8 |

15

Rear Gear

25

0

4

0

35

Tommy Joe Martins

44 |

32

Engine

19

0

2

0

36

Noah Gragson

9 |

20

Engine

13

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    #1

    LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    54|

  • #2 | 11.024

    AJ Allmendinger

    #2

    11.024

    AJ Allmendinger

    16|

  • #3 | 13.286

    Justin Allgaier

    #3

    13.286

    Justin Allgaier

    7|

Kyle Busch one step closer to 100 Xfinity Series wins with COTA victory

Kyle Busch essentially went to school Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to learn the Circuit of The Americas road course in preparation for Sunday‘s NASCAR Cup Series race there. The result, however, was that Busch absolutely schooled the field — earning an 11-second victory in the Pit Boss 250, the series’ debut on the famed Austin circuit.

It marked the two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion‘s record 98th win in the Xfinity Series. His No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota led a race-best 36 of 46 laps. No other driver led more than three laps at the 3.41-mile 20-turn circuit.

RELATED: Official results

“It‘s really, really cool to come here for the first race at a new track and to win,” Busch said. “Real proud of the effort.

“I think the biggest thing is just all the resources and stuff we have and being able to get laps on the track today, feel the tire, everything like that and then being able to get back out there tomorrow and do everything all over again tomorrow with the Cup car,” the Las Vegas native added. “Thanks to Toyota and TRD, we‘ve got some really cool tools we‘ve been able to use and I feel like it was a plus for us today.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contender AJ Allmendinger — one of NASCAR‘s best on road courses — finished second to Busch. Justin Allgaier placed third. Another NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kevin Harvick was fourth, also getting some laps in preparation for Sunday‘s race. Xfinity Series championship leader Austin Cindric was fifth.

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Harrison Burton, Cup regulars Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick and Allmendinger‘s Kaulig Racing teammates Justin Haley and Jeb Burton rounded out the top 10.

Allmendinger and Haley won Stage 1 and Stage 2, respectively. Championship contenders, they opted to stay on track and earn the points rather than join in Busch‘s strategy of pitting just before the stage breaks. What he conceded in points, he made up for winning the inaugural trophy.

The only laps Busch, 36, didn‘t lead were when he pitted or when he made a brief rally after stage breaks. Following the first stage break, for example, he restarted fourth and was leading the field two laps later.

“It‘s shocking, Kyle Busch is actually pretty good,” Allmendinger said smiling. “It‘s always fun to race Kyle. Did everything we could, got a stage win, got a lot of points and finished second. That was as good as we were going to do.”

RELATED: Transmission issues for Miguel Paludo at COTA

The victory marked the 17th season Busch has won an Xfinity Series race and the 27th different NASCAR track where he has hoisted a trophy.

While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, held hours earlier, had some light rain and was run on rain tires, the weather had cleared nicely by the drop of the Xfinity Series green flag. The vast majority of the field opted to pit for slicks (dry tires) during the parade laps and by the race‘s midpoint, it was a sunny afternoon.

Note: Following Xfinity Series post-race inspections, Busch was confirmed as the winner of the race. The No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet of AJ Allmendinger was found to have one lug nut not safe and secure.