Kyle Busch Makes It 3 In A Row At Richmond
Kyle Busch made it a 3-peat in the spring race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. He stretched his final tank of gas to 107 laps to beat teammate Denny Hamlin, denying Hamlin a weekend sweep at his home track.
Busch led 235 of the 400 laps at the ¾ mile track including the last 85 for his 21st career victory and second this season. The fuel strategy was so close, Busch couldn’t finish his victory burn-out. He had to be pushed to victory lane.
Hamlin has won the last two fall races at Richmond giving Joe Gibbs Racing victories in the last five Sprint Cup races there. Hamlin was forced to settle for second place, but whatever it is they know about the track and how to race there it’s working for the team.
Kasey Kahne coming off knee surgery to repair a torn ligament came in third with David Ragan and series point leader Carl Edwards completing the top five.
Edwards leads second place Jimmie Johnson by 9 points with Kyle Busch moving up three spots in the standings into third place.
Pole sitter Juan Montoya and Ryan Newman were involved in a couple of wrecks. The first for all intents and purposes ended any chance of Montoya winning, but later Montoya intentionally wrecked Newman when he was running 8th basically ending Newman’s night. Newman was fuming after the race and went to the Nascar trailer to demand action against Montoya.
Another Saturday night race up next for Sprint Cup drivers is at Darlington.