Kyle Busch wins third consecutive NNS race

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Kyle Busch continued his domination in the NASCAR Nationwide Series by winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway — his third NNS win in a row, fourth in his last five NNS starts, and his sixth career NNS win in Fort Worth.

“Yee-haw, boys — gimme that cowboy hat,” Busch exclaimed over his team radio after beating Brad Keselowski to the stripe by 2.3 seconds. Busch also led the most laps of any driver in the race, pacing 91 of 200 laps.

“[The track] just fits right into my style,” Busch said to ESPN in Victory Lane. “I love running Texas, and most importantly, I love winning here.”

Austin Dillon came home third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth. Sam Hornish Jr. was able to keep hold of his NNS points lead despite finishing 34th after sustaining considerable damage to his machine in a run-in with Jeremy Clements. However, Hornish’s 28-point edge going into tonight is now down to a mere two markers.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.