Kyle Busch Goes From Last To First Winning At Richmond, Avoids Roval Drama

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.

Playoff Picture

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.

Results

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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