Welcome back: Kyle Busch wins first XFINITY race he enters after injuries

BY foxsports • June 13, 2015

Kyle Busch returned to the XFINITY Series with a flourish, winning his first race back Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a February crash during the season-opening XFINITY race at Daytona. He resumed his Sprint Cup schedule last month, returning for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the race at MIS was his first in NASCAR's second-tier series since the injury.

It was Busch's record 71st career victory in the series. He won the 250-mile, 125-lap race by 0.477 seconds over Chase Elliott, passing Elliott, the defending series champion who has yet to win this season, late to do so.

Pole winner Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick were battling for the lead on lap 117 when Harvick brushed against Logano, sending them both sliding to the outside. That gave Elliott and Busch a chance to take over the top two spots, and Busch passed Elliott five laps later.

Logano was upset with Harvick over the incident.

“We were racing for a win here and it just seems like he drove in there pretty hard trying to slide me," Logano said. "I drove up in there too and he got loose underneath me and got into my left rear and up we both went into the race track.

"It's unfortunate. I had a fast Discount Tire Ford, obviously the winning car, leading a ton of laps and up there at the end of the race. I was racing hard and he just drove over his head a little bit."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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