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Kyle Busch moved one win closer to a Lone Star sweep with his victory this afternoon in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, the My Bariatric Solutions 300.

While his car wasn’t the class of the field on Saturday, Busch executed a perfect launch on the final restart to take the lead. Over the final eight laps, Busch held off Tyler Reddick to secure his ninth NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Texas Motor Speedway and the 95th of his series career.

"This Toyota Supra was awesome today,” Busch said. “It was really fast on the long run I could just never get people away from me on the front side of the run to get settled into my rhythm and be able to go. Every time I got to the outside, people would just drive by me on the bottom. Then when I'd get to the inside, somebody would bust it on the outside on me and make me loose.

“We were just all over the place today. Certainly a fast race car once I could get rolling. Christopher Bell ran a great race, he should have won this thing today.”

Bell, who finished third, led a race-high 128 laps. But the “fuel only” decision by crew chief Ben Beshore on the final pit stop afforded the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra to the lead for the last run. Busch extended his advantage over Reddick by .861-seconds at the finish line.

"Not taking any tires was certainly a help,” Busch said. “We jumped the field there and I was worried about the restart because I didn't think there was going to be enough grip, but the car certainly had enough grip in it.”

Chase Briscoe, Jeb Burton, Michael Annett, Justin Haley, Jeffrey Earnhardt, John Hunter Nemechek and Ryan Sieg rounded out the top 10.

Bell ran flag-to-flag in the first stage to score his fourth stage win of 2019. However, he was busted for speeding on pit road during his pit stop. Bell wasn’t the only JGR driver with a penalty. Brandon Jones left his pits with a jack still underneath the No. 19 Toyota Supra. Both drivers dropped to the rear of the field for the Lap 54 restart.

The second stage was slowed by two cautions in the early laps. Tyler Hill and David Starr collided on Lap 57. Before the drivers were up to full speed, Justin Haley’s car became loose and he slid into Brad Keselowski.

“Frustrating day,” Keselowski said after he was released from the infield care center. The 2010 Xfinity Series champion finished 35th.

Gragson took the lead from Busch on the Lap 71 restart. Ray Black Jr., went for a wild ride when he spun backward into the Turn 2 wall on Lap 79. Five laps later, the leaders pitted with just six laps remaining in the stage.

Ryan Sieg remained on the track and assumed the lead. Ross Chastain and Haley lined up second and third. Busch, the first car off of pit road, restarted fourth on Lap 87. Sieg held on for the first stage win of his career followed by Chastain, Reddick, Busch and Bell.

Reddick restarted on the point, but the Joe Gibbs Racing tandem of Bell and Busch teamed up on the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Bell returned to the lead on Lap 99. He held the position for 28 laps until Allgaier, who was battling the lapped vehicle of Gray Gaulding and Cole Custer for sixth, entered the spin cycle. The No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro went for a ride through the front stretch grass before a trip to pit road.

Reddick exited the pits with the lead. Bell, Busch, Jones and Custer lined up for the Lap 131 restart. As the field completed the first lap and rolled into Turn 2, Jones and Custer collided to trigger Caution 8. Entering Texas, Custer and Jones were second and fourth, respectively in the standings. They were scored 32nd and 33rd.

Bell and Reddick battled for the next 15 laps until the No. 20. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra finally checked out. The final 20 laps became an exercise in fuel management before Jeremy Clements ran out of fuel on pit road to bring out the ninth and final caution.

Bell led the field onto pit lane but when the No. 20 team opted for tires, Busch exited the pit with the lead.

“I was starting to struggle on that long run,” Bell said. “It was frustrating to be beat by guys with no tires, but that’s just how it goes at Texas.

Busch nailed the restart and sailed off to a .824-second lead after taking the white flag. He easily held off Reddick for his third Xfinity win of the season and his ninth victory across NASCAR’s top three series this season.

While Busch has swept the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck, Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races before at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2010 and 2017, he’s never pulled off the feat at Texas.

"Excited for my group to bring home a win for Joe Gibbs Racing," Busch said. "I look forward to hopefully getting another one tomorrow."

Reddick retained the lead in the Xfinity Series standings by 12 points over Bell.

“He wasn’t better anywhere, he just had track position,” Reddick said of Busch. “I want to beat him one of these days. We’re getting there. Every time I race against Kyle, it makes me a better driver.”

Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe and Michael Annett are qualified for the Dash 4 Cash program starting next weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. All four drivers will have a chance to compete for the $100,000 bonus. 

Kyle Busch won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Saturday marked Busch's third win of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season and second of the weekend. Busch won Friday's NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series race as well.

Driver No. 18 won in a six lap shootout to decide it all, beating out Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell.

Busch led 33 of the 200 lap race while Christopher Bell led 127 laps.

"Not taking any tires certainly helped, Kyle Busch told FS1. "We jumped the field there. I was worried about the restart. I just didn't think there was going to be enough grip. This car certainly had enough grip in it."

Christopher Bell led 127 laps before he would loose the lead during pit stops. Bell would bounce back from the speeding penalty to contend for the win.

Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Christopher Bell in third, Chase Briscoe in fourth and Jeb Burton in fifth.

The final laps would be set by a caution from Jeremy Clements, who stalled on pit road during green flag pit stops with 11 laps to go.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Bristol Motor Speedway next Saturday April 6 on Fox Sports 1.

Stage 1 Winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Sieg

Race Winner: Kyle Busch

Xtreme Concepts (XCI) Racing has partnered with Flexfit LLC, one of the world’s largest vendors of custom, private-label headwear, to become the Official Headwear Provider of XCI Racing and driver Jeffrey Earnhardt. The Flexfit® 110 is the hat of choice for Earnhardt and the No. 81 XCI Racing team beginning with today’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

“Flexfit is a leading name in the headwear industry and we’re honored to partner with XCI Racing and Jeffrey Earnhardt, a fourth-generation racer and a longtime Flexfit fan,” said Brian Yang, Flexfit LLC’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We were drawn to Jeffrey’s passion for motorsports and the outdoors, and we saw that racing fans in general share those same passions, making NASCAR the perfect fit for Flexfit.”

Flexfit LLC is the U.S. sales and distribution agency of Yupoong, Inc., which manufactures hats for some of the most reputable brands in sports, streetwear, action sports, golf and the outdoors, while also offering a wide selection of the best wholesale blank caps.

“We’re proud to partner with Flexfit, a well-known and reputable brand that has been a favorite of Jeffrey’s for years,” added Landon Ash, founder of Birmingham, Alabama-based Xtreme Concepts and owner of XCI Racing. “We’re growing as a race team and Flexfit is growing as a brand. We look forward to the collaboration that will make both entities stronger, faster.”

Earnhardt is the grandson of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt and nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Today’s race at Texas will be his third Xfinity Series start of 2019. The 29-year-old driver earned a career-best sixth-place finish in his most recent Xfinity Series start Feb. 23 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and was the first driver to lead laps in the new Toyota Supra in the season-opening race Feb. 16 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

“It’s great to have Flexfit on board our No. 81 Toyota Supra this weekend so we can officially welcome them to Xtreme Concepts Racing,” Earnhardt said. “Performance is what we hang our hat on, and now it can be a Flexfit hat.”

Texas marks the debut of XCI Racing and the No. 81 Toyota Supra. Earnhardt will also pilot the No. 81 Xfinity Series entry June 29 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, July 5 at Daytona, Aug. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Aug. 31 Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. In addition to the five-race Xfinity Series schedule, XCI Racing will field an entry for Earnhardt in the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 28 and Oct. 13, respectively.

XCI PR

As the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) heads to the Lone Star state this week at the Texas Motor Speedway, JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that Swan Transportation Services and Perpetua Advisors are joining Ross Chastain in car No. 4 as primary sponsors.

Swan Transportation Services, a worldwide shipping partner that has been involved in the shipping and freight industry for over 20 years, is based out of Northeastern Texas – making this weekend’s race a “home game” of sorts. They will grace the hood, decklid, and rear bumper on Chastain’s No. 4 Camaro SS this weekend, and look forward to making their first foray into NASCAR and NXS a successful one.

Perpetua Advisors, a business technology and strategy firm, will also be making their first adventure into the racing world this weekend at Texas. Their firm plans on sponsoring Ross with their brand well represented on both quarter panels on JDM’s No. 4 entry.

Driver Ross Chastain currently sits in 13th place in the season points standings, and is looking to make up some lost ground from a misfortunate tire issue last time out in California. Chastain, who was able to score JDM’s first Top 10 finish of the season a few races back in Las Vegas, is eager to getting back to the similar high-speed intermediate tracks like Texas.

Johnny Davis, JDM team owner was quoted saying “I look forward to having worldwide shipping leader Swan Transportation Services and innovator in the business technology strategy and management space Perpetua Advisors on our No. 4 car this weekend. We genuinely appreciate both of their contributions to our team, and are confident that Ross Chastain will be able to represent them at the front of the pack in the they will be sponsoring.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the running of the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday, March 30th. Fans can watch this race live on FOX Sports 1 at 1:00 PM ET, or listen along on the radio with PRN - the Performance Racing Network. Be sure to tune in to see Ross Chastain pilot the newly branded No. 4 Swan Transportation Services/Perpetua Advisors Chevy Camaro SS. #TeamJDM

JDM PR

Jeremy and JCR are pleased to announce that will they serve host to Western Wishes’ 11-year-old Kaleb Dorr this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with the help of 4-Time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman.

Kaleb Dorr suffers from TAR, Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius Syndrome, a rare recessive genetic syndrome that causes a unique blood disorder and limb deformities. When you look at Kaleb, you don’t see a little boy with a handicap; you see a pint-sized cowboy that has defied all the odds. After enduring 10 surgeries (with more to come) and over 200 plasma transfusions, this cowboy’s positive outlook on life remains remarkable. He wants nothing more than to be a team roper and a calf roper when he grows up. Kaleb is happy, outgoing, and is the first one to tell you “it’ll be ok” when someone else is faced with adversity

“Man, we are really excited to have Kaleb ride along with us this weekend and, also help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Western Wishes.  Thanks to my friend Tuff Hedeman and his group we get to give Kaleb a ride of his life this weekend.” Clements stated. “Western Wishes does an awesome job of turning dreams in to lasting memories and I can’t wait to meet Kaleb and his family and create more memories as we take our fast RepairableVehicles.com hot-rod to the front.”  Clements went on to say.

“Thanks to my buddy Jeremy Clements will have the opportunity to introduce Kaleb to NASCAR in a way most kids just dream about.  Jeremy and I know that through these experiences if we are lucky, we might just have the chance to ignite hope, and strength for Kaleb and just let him have a little fun before he faces the reality of his disease again," said Hedeman who granted Kaleb's wish of meeting him in 2017.

JCR PR

Richard Childress Racing is proud to welcome Nationwide Children's Hospital, who will be featured on the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Tyler Reddick for multiple races this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care system's association with RCR begins with the upcoming Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 30.   

"Tyler has left lasting impressions on the patients and families he has met at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and his commitment and passion for helping kids everywhere speaks volumes," said Niki Shafer, Senior Vice President, Outreach, Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation. "We are thrilled Tyler is continuing his support, and we are looking forward to being a part of the extraordinary Richard Childress Racing team."
Nationwide Children's has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. The central Ohio-based health system was founded in 1892, and today provides pediatric care and research programs to help children worldwide.
"Nationwide Children's Hospital is a well-regarded leader in pediatric care and research, so it's an honor to be able to help bring attention to their mission during the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season," said Torrey Galida, President of RCR. "Tyler has built a great relationship with the medical center in the past and remains passionate about his continued work with the hospital as he looks to defend his championship this year."
Reddick joined RCR in 2019 in the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro as the reigning Xfinity Series champion. In just five races this year, he has collected two pole awards, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
RCR PR

GMS Racing officials announced today that ROMCO Equipment Company, a premier heavy equipment dealer in Texas, will continue their sponsorship with John Hunter Nemechek at GMS Racing. ROMCO will serve as the primary sponsor for Nemechek and the 23 team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 30th. ROMCO’s partners Genesis, FRD Kent, CemenTech and Rockland Mfg. will join as associate sponsors. 

 

“I am excited that ROMCO Equipment will continue their support of me over at GMS Racing,” said Nemechek. “They have been a long-time sponsor of my family-owned team and to have them on board this weekend at Texas is really special. This is ROMCO’s hometown track and they will have a lot of people there this weekend so hopefully, I can get them in victory lane.” 

 

In 2018, Nemechek ran his first NXS race at the mile-and-a-half track where he claimed a top-five finish after finishing fourth under the Chip Ganassi Racing banner. 

 

ROMCO has been family owned and Texas-based since 1961, ROMCO’s mission is to provide the users of construction, road building, oil & gas, mining, and aggregate equipment with high quality and highly productive products, backing the customer’s buying decision with outstanding product support. As an industry leader, ROMCO’s reputation is built upon Excellence, Stability, Innovation, and Professionalism.

 

Statewide, ROMCO has 10 branches and over 250 employees. ROMCO Equipment Co.carries the full line of Volvo Construction Equipment, Hitachi Construction & Mining Equipment, SDLG wheel loaders, Genesis attachments, and FRD/ Kent hydraulic hammers. 

 

Saturday’s NXS My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway will be broadcast live on FS1 and PRN at 1pm ET.

GMS Racing PR

Toyota driver Christopher Bell fell just short of his second win of the week, placing second in a thrilling race with Jonathan Beason at the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s Turnpike Challenge finale at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sunday.

Bell, who won Thursday night’s opener of the four-race Challenge, started from the pole and immediately went to the lead with Beason on his tail from the start. The two battled throughout the race with Beason hounding Bell through the first 10 laps before Bell started to pull away as they hit lapped traffic, only to see a yellow flag fly on lap 11 to close up the field.

Bell led the next two laps before another yellow waved with 18 laps remaining. On the ensuing restart, Beason dove low while Bell continued to run the high side with Beason taking the lead on lap 15. The two battled for the point position over the next two laps before Bell reclaimed the top spot on lap 18, shortly before another caution flag waved.

Bell led the field back to the green and began to open up his lead after encountering lapped traffic on lap 25. Unfortunately for Bell, the yellow flag waved once more on lap 28, bunching the field back up for a two-lap shootout between the two Oklahoma drivers.

At the green flag, Bell committed to the top, while Beason stuck to the bottom. The two were side-by-side at the white flag with Beason inching ahead to lead the lap. The battle continued on the final circuit with Beason taking the checkered flag by just 0.02 seconds with the two making contact at the flag stand as Bell climbed over the right rear of Beason’s car, flipping at the flag. Bell would quickly walk away uninjured.

Overall, Bell led 25 of the 30 laps in earning his fourth consecutive podium finish of the Challenge. Over the course of the four races, he registered one victory, two seconds and a third.

In addition to Bell’s efforts, Logan Seavey captured a pair of wins at I-44 Riverside Speedway to give Toyota-powered drivers a victory in three of four races.

The Toyota midget car program is back in action with a USAC double-header at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, April 5-6, while POWRi is returns to the track April 26 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.

TRD PR

RSS Racing is thrilled to welcome CMR Construction & Roofing the primary sponsor of the #39 at Texas Motor Speedway. Ryan Sieg, currently 9th in the XFINITY Series standings will drive the CMR car.  

CMR Construction & Roofing has built a reputation for exceptional work and customer satisfaction for over 17 years. CMR has earned their reputation for excellence by delivering Personalized Service and Expert Installations. They have the resources, expertise, financial strength, and stability that makes them an industry leader.

This will be the sixth race of the XFINITY season has teams had last weekend off. “It’s been a very solid start to the year for RSS Racing. I’m excited to have CMR Construction & Roofing on the car at Texas. That’s a track we always seem to run well at so I can’t wait to get on track this weekend,” commented Sieg.

RSS Racing PR

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