It was Kyle Busch for the win at the Crown Royal 400 in Richmond, Virginia tonight. It was his second win of the year, and a mighty fine early birthday present. He will turn 26 on Monday. Get all the details surrounding the race below.
Busch’s teammate, Denny Hamlin, came in second, Kasey Kahne third, David Ragan fourth and Carl Edwards came in fifth. Next to finish were Clint Bowyer, AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers — all rounding out the Top 10.
Busch was in the lead for the remaining 84 laps of the race, and used his last tank of fuel to help him get through the last 107 laps for the win. It’s his third consecutive spring race win in Richmond. This is becoming old hat for Busch, eh? He is now in third place in the standings, having moved past Dale Earnhardt Jr. and behind Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson.
Of his win, Busch said:
“This is pretty awesome. We had a really good car, and we knew that if we could play through traffic a little bit better than the 11 [Hamlin] that we had a shot at the win, and we did that [Saturday night].”
Hamlin, of course, was disappointed in his second place finish, hoping for a sweep after winning his charity race Thursday night and the Nationwide Series race Friday night on his home track. Hamlin said, “We just really got beat by our teammate today. We were so equal and he was just a little bit better on restarts and he was able to get out there and set his pace.”
Of note, NASCAR gave out a warning to both Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Newman, after the two were involved in some kerkuffles. See what Newman said after the race in the video below. Fight! Fight! No, I kid.
Once again, Congratulations to Kyle Busch on his win tonight in Richmond. Monday shall be a very Happy Birthday indeed.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Johnny Louis