Kyle Busch’s team elected to repair their car after tapping the wall in qualifying. Per NASCAR rules any changes to the car results in starting from the rear. Saturday night Busch lined up 39th and ended the night in Victory Lane with his 7th win of the season and locks himself into the next round.
For the fourth race in a row, the best car didn’t win the race. Kyle Busch capitalized on a mistake committed by Martin Truex Jr’s team on pit road to steal the win away from the #78. Truex led 163 laps Saturday night and once again didn’t leave Richmond with a trophy.
Busch and the hottest driver in NASCAR (results wise, not physical) Brad Keselowski engaged in a battle that left Kyle Busch dismayed the #2 would put up that big of a fight. We know that because Busch hung his hand out the window after passing the #2 as if he was saying “what the hell, man?” Keselowski’s car faded quickly after his battle with Busch relegating him to a 9th place finish.
Kevin Harvick finished second and after the race, he mentioned how the team and himself expected Busch to come back to them after using his tires up battling Keselowski but that never really happened. Busch managed to maintain about a one-second lead.
Not only does this lock Busch into the next round of the playoffs but it also ensures he can go to the Charlotte Roval next weekend and not have to worry. Every driver on the grid expects the Roval to be an absolute demolition derby, never has there been a track that has scared so many drivers.
Saturday’s race was a typical Richmond race with the Gen 6 car. Rather ho-hum, not much to write home about and rather dull at times. While it is a challenging track it’s generally not an entertaining track. It’s a little too fast for a short track and requires too much aero dependency. Overall it was a very standard night in Richmond when we all thought it would be a little more of a brawl considering the uncertainty that awaits next week.
After the race, Kyle Busch got out of the car to get the checkered flag as he does. At Richmond, fans line the fence to watch the celebration and they booed Busch. So Kyle proceeded to take the flag and wave it in their face pointing it at them as he looked them in the eye. It was a true Vince McMahon move and flat-out hilarious.
Currently, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr are locked into the next round. They can go into the Roval with no worries. Meanwhile, no one else is safe with the unexpected weekend coming up.
Clint Bowyer (-4), Jimmie Johnson (6), Erik Jones (-21), and Denny Hamlin (-29) enter the last race of round one outside of the transfer spots. All 4 of those guys have nothing to lose. Meanwhile, Ryan Blaney (+4), Alex Bowman (+5), Austin Dillon (+10), and Chase Elliott (+10) are in transfer positions but they’re standing on the most rickety bridge you can think of. At any moment next Sunday, they could be bounced from the next round.
Kevin Harvick is essentially one stage point away from locking himself into the next round. Outside of himself though no one else should feel comfortable. Combing the unknown track with guys outside of the playoffs looking to capitalize on the road course and you could have a crazy race.
|1||11||18||Kyle Busch||M&M’s (Joe Gibbs)||Toyota||400||running||92||40||5|
|2||1||4||Kevin Harvick||Jimmy John’s New 9-Grain Wheat Sub (Stewart Haas Racing)||Ford||400||running||40||53||0|
|3||3||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Auto-Owners Insurance (Barney Visser)||Toyota||400||running||163||54||2|
|4||18||9||Chase Elliott||Hooters (Rick Hendrick)||Chevrolet||400||running||34||47||0|
|5||6||10||Aric Almirola||Get Grilling America Smithfield (Stewart Haas Racing)||Ford||400||running||1||45||0|
|6||26||3||Austin Dillon||Dow Vorasurf (Richard Childress)||Chevrolet||400||running||0||35||0|
|7||9||42||Kyle Larson||DC Solar (Chip Ganassi)||Chevrolet||400||running||0||32||0|
|8||21||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe’s for Pros (Rick Hendrick)||Chevrolet||400||running||0||32||0|
|9||7||2||Brad Keselowski||Reese / DrawTite (Roger Penske)||Ford||400||running||67||42||0|
|10||24||14||Clint Bowyer||ITsavvy (Stewart Haas Racing)||Ford||400||running||0||27||0|
|11||8||20||Erik Jones||Craftsman (Joe Gibbs)||Toyota||400||running||0||30||0|
|12||13||88||Alex Bowman||Nationwide Insurance (Rick Hendrick)||Chevrolet||400||running||1||33||0|
|13||15||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Fastenal (Jack Roush)||Ford||400||running||2||24||0|
|14||12||22||Joey Logano||Shell / Pennzoil (Roger Penske)||Ford||399||running||0||25||0|
|15||16||31||Ryan Newman||Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s (Richard Childress)||Chevrolet||399||running||0||22||0|
|16||2||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Office (Joe Gibbs)||Toyota||399||running||0||23||0|
|17||38||19||Daniel Suarez||Comcast (Joe Gibbs)||Toyota||399||running||0||20||0|
|18||5||41||Kurt Busch||State Water Heaters / Haas Automation (Stewart Haas Racing)||Ford||398||running||0||25||0|
|19||4||12||Ryan Blaney||Menards / Richmond (Roger Penske)||Ford||398||running||0||18||0|
|20||19||24||William Byron||Liberty University (Rick Hendrick)||Chevrolet||398||running||0||17||0|
|21||14||1||Jamie McMurray||Cessna (Chip Ganassi)||Chevrolet||398||running||0||16||0|
|22||20||21||Paul Menard||Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center (Wood Brothers)||Ford||397||running||0||15||0|
|23||40||38||David Ragan||The Pete Store (Bob Jenkins)||Ford||397||running||0||14||0|
|24||23||34||Michael McDowell||Dockside Logistics (Bob Jenkins)||Ford||397||running||0||13||0|
|25||17||6||Matt Kenseth||Performance Plus Motor Oil (Jack Roush)||Ford||396||running||0||12||0|
|26||10||51||Cole Custer||Jacob Companies (Rick Ware)||Ford||396||running||0||0||0|
|27||25||43||Bubba Wallace||World Wide Technology (Richard Petty Motorsports)||Chevrolet||395||running||0||10||0|
|28||29||13||Ty Dillon||GEICO (Germain Racing)||Chevrolet||395||running||0||9||0|
|29||28||47||A.J. Allmendinger||Kroger ClickList (JTG-Daugherty Racing)||Chevrolet||394||running||0||8||0|
|30||22||37||Chris Buescher||Cheerios Zero Hunger, Zero Waste (JTG-Daugherty Racing)||Chevrolet||394||running||0||7||0|
|31||39||95||Regan Smith||FDNY Foundation (Leavine Family Racing)||Chevrolet||394||running||0||6||0|
|32||31||72||Corey LaJoie||ARK.io Blockchain Solutions (Bryan Smith)||Chevrolet||393||running||0||5||0|
|33||30||15||Ross Chastain||Premium Motorsports (Jay Robinson)||Chevrolet||392||running||0||0||0|
|34||27||32||Matt DiBenedetto||Keen Parts / CorvetteParts.Net (Archie St. Hilaire)||Ford||391||running||0||3||0|
|35||35||00||Joey Gase||Eternal Fan (StarCom Racing)||Chevrolet||388||running||0||0||0|
|36||36||99||Landon Cassill||StarCom Fiber (StarCom Racing)||Chevrolet||387||running||0||0||0|
|37||32||96||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Xtreme Concepts / iK9 (Gaunt Brothers)||Toyota||387||running||0||1||0|
|38||34||23||Alon Day||Best Bully Sticks (Bob Jenkins)||Toyota||383||running||0||1||0|
|39||37||66||Timmy Hill||Ternio (Carl Long)||Toyota||382||running||0||0||0|
|40||33||52||Gray Gaulding||Live! Hotel & Casino (Rick Ware)||Ford||289||brakes||0||1|
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