The Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Saturday began with Roush Fenway Racing teammates Darrell Wallace Jr. and Chris Buescher on the front row. Buescher fell back at the start, but in the closing laps the two teammates were back together up front battling for the win while conserving fuel. In the end, Buescher came out with his second win in the last three races.
“Great to get that second Xfinity win,” Buescher said.
Wallace, though, wound up with a flat tire that called for a trip down pit road with six laps remaining. He also wound up with a 17th-place finish.
“It’s my teammate, so I can’t say much without seeing the replay,” Wallace said after the race. “I asked my spotter, and we just got ran over.”
Buescher saw things differently. According to him, Wallace ran him down. Either way, Buescher made his final pit stop on lap 102 of the 200-lap race and wound up being the only driver to go the rest of the way on fuel.
“Can’t believe how slow we had to run to be able to do it,” Buescher said.
Matt Kenseth finished second after getting off sequence because of an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel on lap 33. The green-flag stop put him off the lead lap, but he took a wave-around on a lap 56 caution and then pitted under yellow on lap 71 as everyone stayed out.
“Our Reser’s Fine Food Toyota was fast; that helps,” Kenseth said of his recovery.
With the lap 71 caution under his belt, Kenseth stayed out on lap 101 to inherit the lead when the front runners headed for pit road. He was able to maintain the top spot before being the first driver to pit during the final green-flag run of the race with 47 laps remaining.
Erik Jones inherited to lead when Kenseth made his final pit stop and was running up front when before making his final stop with 17 laps to go. He had trouble getting onto pit road and, as a result, was assessed with a pit road speeding penalty. Despite the late-race penalty, Jones still was able to manage a top-10 finishing spot, taking ninth.
“I missed it,” Jones said. “I screwed up.”
Regan Smith finished third and claimed the first $100,000 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonuses of the year. He had to beat out Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Wallace to do so. As the Dover Dash 4 Cash winner, he also made himself eligible to compete for the next bonus to be paid out in July at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
By being the other three highest-finishing Xfinity Series championship-eligible drivers at Dover, Buescher, Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan claimed eligibility for the Indianapolis edition of the bonus. Elliott finished sixth, and Gaughan was seventh.
Other top-10 finishers included Austin Dillon in fourth, Kasey Kahne fifth, Ty Dillon eighth and Jeremy Clements in 10th.