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Kyle Busch finished as the runner-up in Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity series race, which delayed his march toward 200 NASCAR wins by a single day. On Sunday, it appeared Busch was shot out of a cannon as he showed that he had the fastest car in the field early. Every time he found himself out of the lead he forced his way back to the front in what seemed to be just a handful of laps. Even a late speeding penalty on pit road couldn't stop his charge to victory, and a commending pass on the top two Penske Racing teammates left nothing else between him and that impressive 200th victory. In doing so, he became the first repeat winner in 2019 and still has yet to finish outside of the top 10 this season.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series heads back east this week to go short-track racing at Martinsville Speedway. Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano won there last season. Drivers like Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney will be getting desperate to add their names to the 2019 list of winners and that could prove the spark needed for explosive short-track excitement this coming weekend.
Kyle Busch– Busch was the fastest in the first segment of Sunday's race and took command of the one-lap shootout to claim the first stage win of the day. That was just an omen for what was yet to come. He did much of the same to claim the second stage but