SPARTA, Ky. (AP) – Kyle Busch led 185 laps and caught a huge break before surviving a final restart to win Friday night’s 300-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
The defending Sprint Cup Series champion needed overtime to win in his No. 18 Toyota, with the race going one circuit past its scheduled 200 laps after a late caution. Busch then outdueled Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon in a three-wide restart to earn his first series win at Kentucky since 2004.
Busch benefited from a late mistake by Erik Jones. He passed Busch for the lead after a lap 174 restart just before the fourth yellow, but inadvertently shut off his car and fell to third as a penalty for failing to keep up with the pace car.
Dillon was second in a Chevy with Suarez third in a Toyota.