WATKINS GLEN — If anyone was going to break the Penske stranglehold on the Zippo 200, it could only be Kyle Busch.

Roger Penske-owned cars have won four of the last six Xfinity Series races held at Watkins Glen International, and seemed poised for a three-peat Saturday, but Busch - who has been among the three fastest racers here in the Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2008 - rallied to run away with the victory.

“They have been the class of the field here for the past few years, we’ve known that and we’ve been watching that and we’ve been trying to chase them down,” Busch said. “Like I said, we’ve had some fast race cars here the last few years, maybe right there with them but not faster than them. It all comes down to just being able to wheel it at the end and get the job done.”

No race craft. No pit strategy. No bizarro circumstance. Busch beat the field of 40 drivers on raw speed.

Busch’s win wasn’t a lock in the early stages, not after locking up the rear tires of his Toyota entering turn 1 while leading (a la Jeff Gordon in 2007), followed shortly by a pit lane penalty. Despite the gaffes, Busch remained on the lead lap before pit strategies and stage racing started to play out. That jumbled the field for 20 laps, a span in which Paul Menard managed to find the front before accidentally pushing the killswitch on his dashboard. That put Brad Keselowski to the point, and it was assumed the Penske rout was on.

However, carving his way back the front - with minimal resistance - Busch was on a mission to deliver Joe Gibbs Racing its first Xfinity Series win at The Glen, and in doing so securing his first Zippo 200 trophy.

“It’s been a long time coming. I feel like we’ve been so close so many times and something has kept us out of victory lane - a lot like this year, I guess. We’re finally able to check this box off the list,” Busch said.

“I just knew I had to not screw it up, and I tried, but we were fast enough to recover.”

When Busch and the Penske drivers were paired up, the duels were fascinating to watch. Between Busch, Keselowski and Logano are three Monster Cup wins, three Zippo 200 wins and more than a dozen podium finishes over the last nine years.

Logano started on pole position, but was dispatched at the start by Busch, while Keselowski moved his way into second place. While Busch and Logano each had issues to overcome, Keselowski ran a flawless race, yet settled for third place.

“An interesting day,” Keselowski, who earned the first stage win. “I threw all I had at it, but the Toyotas are just way faster than everybody - I did all I could do to keep up. We may not have won the race, but we raced for first in class there with Joey and that was fun. All in all, a fun day here at Watkins Glen.”

Late in the race, Logano was able to bounce back from his woes in pit lane and squeezed past his teammate for second place - which pulled him right alongside Busch for the final restart with three laps remaining. Once the green was displayed, Busch looked like a projectile on the start and left all other challengers in his wake.

“We were a third-place car on the long runs and a first-place car for the first two laps of every run,” Logasno said. “We had an issue with a lugnut getting stuck behind the wheel and lost a lot of track position, so once we got into third (place), we just went into cruise control to save our stuff for a late race restart.”

Justin Allgaier’s crew made all the right calls and the Xfinity Series veteran didn’t put a mark on his Chevrolet to place fourth, while Menard rallied to finish fifth. Kevin Harvick placed sixth in front of Ty Dillon and Erik Jones.

Busch was the 14th different winner in the Zippo 200 and recorded his 91st Xfinity Series victory.