NASCAR: After disqualification, Kyle Busch gets Texas win

Kyle Busch bounced back from his NASCAR Xfinity Series disqualification at Texas Motor Speedway by dominating the Truck Series race.

On Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch held off Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe to take the checkered flag for the record 98th time in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career.

But his “win” in the 201-lap race My Bariatric Solutions 300 at the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) oval in Fort Worth, Texas would not end up counting as his 98th career win at NASCAR’s second highest level of competition.

Busch’s #54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota failed post-race inspection, and he was disqualified as a result. Cindric ended up securing his third consecutive victory for Team Penske while Briscoe, who leads the series in wins this season with five, finished in second place for Stewart-Haas Racing.

However, Busch ended up a winner at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday after all.

In his fifth and final start of the 2020 Truck Series season, Busch led 72 of 167 laps to win the Vankor 250 by 0.777 seconds ahead of Christian Eckes, one of Kyle Busch Motorsports’ full-time drivers.

Notably, Busch’s #51 Toyota passed post-race inspection, officially netting him his third win of the season and the 59th win of his career.

Busch opened up his season with a dominant victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway back in February, which led to a bounty being placed on him by Kevin Harvick and Marcus Lemonis for any full-time Cup Series driver who could drop down to NASCAR’s third highest level and beat him. At this point, Busch had won seven consecutive Truck Series starts going back to July of 2018.

The first bounty race ended up not taking place until 95 days after that race, due to the unexpected stoppage in action caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

But in that race at Charlotte Motor Speedway toward the end of May, the bounty was claimed. Busch came up shy to Chase Elliott, who proceeded to donate $25,000 of his $100,000 winnings to Busch’s own foundation, the Bundle of Joy Fund. The other $75,000 also went to charity.

Busch also competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in June, but a bad race saw him finish in 21st place, his worst result in over two years. One week later, he won at Homestead-Miami Speedway before capping off his season with another win at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch is set to compete in today’s Cup Series race, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, at Texas Motor Speedway. He is a three-time winner at the track when competing at NASCAR’s highest level, and his most recent win came back in April of 2018. Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 3:00 p.m. ET for the live broadcast of what is set to be the 18th race on the 36-race 2020 schedule.