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Kyle Busch sets timeline on XFINITY Series retirement

Kyle Busch sets timeline on XFINITY Series retirement

The race victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway seemed to be in Brad Keselowski's hands... and then it slipped out the hands of the No. 22 gas man.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led 77 laps from the pole and beat Ryan Preece, William Byron, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski for his third win in six starts this year.

After a major snafu on pit road took a potential win away from Brad Keselowski, who had arguably the fastest auto at the Magic Mile, Busch cruised to a 10.425-second victory, collecting his third win in six starts this season, his sixth at NHMS and the 89th of his career, extending his series record.

"This is something I dreamed about", said Preece, who will be in the vehicle again on July 29 at Iowa Speedway.

"This is something I dreamed about, to be honest with you", said Preece, who won Friday's All-Star modified race and finished second in Saturday's 100-lap preliminary to the Xfinity event.

Credit AP      The NASCAR Overtons 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon 7/16/17
Credit AP The NASCAR Overtons 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon 7/16/17

"It means a lot to do it at this stage (of my career) to prove to people I belong here and can improve with more seat time". He drove full-time for Johnny Davis Motorsports with the division in 2016.

"You can't always count on the fastest auto to win the race, I guess " Busch told NBCSN at the start-finish line.

The race, which ran without a caution from a restart on Lap 97 to the finish at Lap 200, turned on the final cycle of green-flag pit stops. Busch ducked onto pit road on Lap 169 for fuel and fresh tires.

Keselowski had arguably the best vehicle on Saturday, leading on four different occasions for 102 laps.

When the jack dropped and Keselowski accelerated, the gas can was still locked into its coupler, and the forward motion of the auto pulled both the can and the fueler out of the No. 22's pit stall.

Keselowski had to serve a stop-and-go penalty for dragging equipment outside the pit box. He returned to the race on Lap 109 and finished 32nd ... We had that today and my guys did a great job in the pits and they gave me a great piece in order to go out here and contend with them.