App State Class of 2020 sponsored Busch wins No. 97 in Xfinity Series

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Kyle Busch picked up win No. 97 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Memorial Day. He won the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

This was Busch’s first win in the series during the 2020 season. In addition, he is inching closer to his 100th career win in the series.

App State Class of 2020 sponsored driver Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300
App State Class of 2020 sponsored driver Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There’s a chance that he could claim the century mark in wins by the end of the season. He does have six wins in his last 17 Xfinity Series starts.

Traditionally, Busch would have a major sponsor on his car for a race. However, for this race, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver dedicated his ride to the Appalachian State Class of 2020.

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, a lot of colleges, as well as high schools, have been banned from celebrating their seniors. However, there have been a handful of schools, who have celebrated their students in an in-person ceremony.

Busch took home the win one night after he finished fourth in the longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600. This was Busch’s first Xfinity Series win since the Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sat., Sept. 7, 2019 in Speedway, Indiana.

The 35-year-old had a battle late with Austin Cindric, before Daniel Hemric cut in front of him near the finish line. As a result. Hemric finished second and Cindric rounded out the Top 3 with his third-place finish.

Also, with the Top 3 finishers, each driver had a different manufacturer. Busch drove a Toyota, while Hemric drove a Chevrolet. Cindric drove a Ford.

Busch dominated the race with 94 laps led. Ross Chastain — who is back racing full-time in the Xfinity Series after filling-in for Ryan Newman for three races — led 68 laps.

Cindric led 30 laps. Michael Annett and Noah Gragson also led laps in the race.

Several drivers were not able to finish the race. This list includes Tommy Joe Martins, Brandon Jones, Justin Haley, Jeremy Clements, Austin Hill, Timmy Hill, Kody Vanderwal, Jeff Green, and Colby Howard.

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