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NXS: Top 10 Breakdown from Texas

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1st: KYLE BUSCH

If it weren’t for a thrilling blown tire three weeks back at Auto Club Speedway, we would be talking about a five consecutive wins for driver No. 18 this season. Nonetheless, a dominating run on Friday night gave Busch his fourth of the season.

2nd: ERIK JONES

The highest series reg., Jones showed some strength in the early going, grabbing the lead from Busch for 12 circuits. Despite another pit road penalty for the 19-year-old in 2016, he bounced back for a second-place run.

3rd: BRAD KESELOWSKI

Earning his first top 5 of 2016, Keselowski began soft and ended as a contender as he restarted alongside Kyle Busch for the race’s final restart. Falling to third, Keselowski drove to his 113th career top-5 finish in XFINITY.

4th: CHASE ELLIOTT

The Daytona winner continues a streak of top-5 results in XFINITY as he came home fourth on Friday night. Battling team owner and Sprint Cup teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. all night, he grabs top 5 No. 31 in his NXS career.

5th: DALE EARNHARDT, JR.

It was a welcome back to the XFINITY Series for Junior as he mad his first start of 2016 behind the wheel of his No. 88 “All-Star Car”. Finishing fifth, the two-time series champion was a blast to watch all night.

6th: JUSTIN ALLGAIER

‘Little Gator’ proved to be the biggest comeback story of the race. After starting in the 23rd spot, Allgaier made his way into the top 10 in the opening 30 laps ebfore entering the top 5 by the end of the run. Pitting under green for a loose wheel, Allagier got his lap back and charged to the sixth spot.

7th: ELLIOTT SADLER

I’m sensing a pattern here… JR Motorsports finished 4-5-6-7 on Friday as Sadler rounded out the group in the seventh spot. The No. 1 Chevrolet was a quiet bunch all night as he grabbed his sixth straight top 10 of 2016 – good enough to move him to second in the championship standings.

8th: AUSTIN DILLON

The most recent XFINITY winner from Fontana ran a clean, solid race on Friday as he came home eighth. The result is the 75th top-10 of his NXS career.

9th: BRANDON JONES

Young yet consistent. Since Kentucky of last year – seven races – Jones hasn’t finishes worse than 11th. With another ninth on Friday, Jones adds a fourth top-10 finish for 2016, moving the 19-year-old to fourth in series points.

10th: RYAN SIEG

Where did he come from? Running 13th with two laps to go, Sieg took advantage of a tire issue for Ty Dillon to get by the No. 3 before he slipped by Kyle Larson and Brendan Gaughan to grab a top-10 finish. The fourth of his career, this top 10 launches driver No. 39 to 11th in series points.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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