Kyle Busch was going for his 200th NASCAR victory on Saturday at Fontana in the Xfinity Series. A feat everyone expected him to accomplish
And he didn’t get it.
In a surprising twist, Cole Custer rolled his #00 into victory lane at his hometown track. On the final restart with 20 laps to go, Custer and Busch, both restarted on the second row. It was Custer who managed to drive away from the 199-race winner.
Busch looked like he was set to win Saturday’s race easily until a slow pit stop/uncontrolled tire penalty put him back to 13th in the running order. A Ryan Preece spin with 26 laps to go looked like it would all but seal Kyle’s 200th win. If you would have told anyone at that point that Busch wouldn’t be able to pass 4 cars for the win we’d have scoffed at you. FOX5 in Atlanta did scoff at that when they tweeted Kyle won his 200th basically 30 minutes before Custer won.
Except he couldn’t do that. On the final run of the race Busch looked like a mere mortal. Like Superman when he lost his powers. He was rendered useless as he watched Cole Custer continue to drive away and win by nearly 2.5 seconds.
Custer’s win on Saturday at Fontana was the first by an Xfinity regular since Scott Riggs did it in 2002. That’s 23 races, an embarrassing number for NASCAR to think is acceptable.
For Custer this is his third career win and his first before the Playoff starts. His other two came at the Texas fall race last year and the Homestead finale the year prior. The #00 team can now gamble for wins and rest assured when late summer rolls around they are already locked into the playoffs.
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