Kyle Busch Makes It 3 In A Row
A very impressive night for Kyle Busch at Richmond Speedway on Saturday. He started 32nd and weaved his way to the front, then survived a series of late restarts and overtime to win his third straight race, his fifth at Richmond and the 46th of his career. And that ties him with Buck Baker for 15th on the all-time victories list.
Busch celebrated with his customary bow at the finish line, then he walked across the track into the crowd to exchange handshakes and high fives. Later he said he did it because he saw a lot of fans wearing yellow and because he thought he should do something special on the 10th anniversary of his famous run-in with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Richmond in 2008.
It's the furthest back in the pack any driver has ever come to win a race at Richmond. Clint Bowyer had the previous record, winning in 2008 after starting 31st.
Chase Elliott came in 2nd for the eighth time in his career. He was able to get by Denny Hamlin on the restart forcing Hamlin to settle for third.
Joey Logano led 92 laps and won the first two stages. Logano came in fourth while Kevin Harvick completed the Top 5 and that was despite a pit road penalty after one of his crewmen threw a piece of equipment over his car during a pit stop.
Kurt Busch led 98 laps but faded to 11th. Pole sitter Martin Truex, Jr. had the lead for a race-high 121 laps, but a slipped jack on the final pit stop put him in the middle of the pack. Truex finished 14th.
From the 3/4 mile short track at Richmond the schedule next moves to the circuit's longest track, the 2.66 mile Talladega Speedway next Sunday.