Monday, June 25, 2018
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Chris Buescher clinches NASCAR Xfinity series title; Kyle Larson wins race

HOMESTEAD — Chris Buescher never made a big mistake, never got rattled and never even tried to contend for a win. He gladly settled for a title.

Buescher won the Xfinity series championship Saturday, helping offset an unsatisfying Sprint Cup season for Roush Fenway Racing.

Buescher, 23, was 11th in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, bringing home a fifth crown in NASCAR's second-tier series for team owner Jack Roush.

"I was a little bit nervous, but all things considered, that was exactly what we needed to do," Buescher said. "And we knew that and we knew we were capable of doing this."

Buescher was the last driver on the lead lap and finished 15.9 seconds behind winner Kyle Larson.

Larson led most of the race early and cleared Austin Dillon for good with four laps left for his third career Xfinity win.

"I love this track," Larson said. "I almost won the last two races here the last two years. It feels good to finally get it done."

Dillon, the 2013 series champ, was second, followed by newly crowned truck series champ Erik Jones and Brian Scott.

Buescher denied Chase Elliott's bid to go back-to-back in his final full Xfinity season. Elliott, who moves up to Sprint Cup next season to replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 car, finished 15 points out.

Trucks: Jones clinched the title late Friday, becoming the youngest champ in series history at 19. He finished sixth in the Ford EcoBoost 200, won by Matt Crafton.

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