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Kyle Busch wins Atlanta Xfinity race after contact with teammate

Kyle Busch finished his NASCAR Xfinity Series career one spot better than where he started it 18 years ago.

Busch held off a wild charge from Jeb Burton on the restart of a two-lap overtime but held on to win Saturday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, winning all five of his series starts this season and claiming his 102nd career win.

The race is likely the last for Busch in the series, who said he would step away from the series after he hit win No. 100, which he did earlier this season. Saturday was the last of his scheduled five races for 2021.

He finished second in his first series start at Charlotte on May 24, 2003, at the age of 18.

Unfortunately for Busch, Saturday’s win came at the expense of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Daniel Hemric.

Busch tried to push Hemric – who was the leader at the time – on the restart with six of 164 laps remaining. Instead, Busch turned Hemric’s No. 18 Toyota into the wall to bring out the caution that sent the race into overtime. Hemric is now winless in 105 career starts.

“I was trying to push him forward and he got squirrely and sideways and wrecked. I hate that for Daniel and his guys, they work so hard,” Busch said. “It didn’t work out for him but it worked out for us today and we’ll try to win again tomorrow.

“It’s been a fun ride. Thanks to everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing and all our sponsors over the years ... It truly ended up being the ‘Busch Series’, which was pretty cool. But it’s kind of a somber day, a somber win. Hate (Hemric) got wrecked there.”

Asked winning all five series races he entered this year, Busch said, “Overall, a great accolade. I think I’ve led 20,000 laps in the series. I just want to thank Rowdy Nation, who’s been pulling for me.

“You’ll have to do something different on Saturdays and not watch Xfinity just focus on Cup.”

Noah Gragson finished third, Justin Haley was fourth and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 were Brett Moffitt, Justin Allgaier, Jeremy Clements, Sam Mayer and Austin Cindric.

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