Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400: Kyle Busch Wins at Richmond

April 30, 2011 1 Comment

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Denny Hamlin failed to complete the weekend sweep in his hometown and who other than Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Kyle Busch to spoil?

Busch led 235 of the 400 laps and was able to conserve enough fuel at the end to hold off Hamlin, earning him his second Sprint Cup win of the 2011 season and the 21st of his Sprint Cup career.

Busch and Hamlin have now combined to win the past five races here at Richmond – Busch winning last three spring races and Hamlin winning the most recent fall races (2009 and 2010).

Hamlin scored his best finish of the 2011 season and has moved up to 17th in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m happy to get a good solid run. Happy for our teammate. A one-two finish is great for Joe Gibbs
Racing. Kyle (Busch) finished second to me here last time in this race so I’m not disappointed. We finally had a race where
nothing really went wrong. We just got beat by our teammate today.”

Kasey Kahne earned Red Bull Racing their best finish in 2011 by finishing in third. RFR’s David Ragan and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five, respectively.

“Our Red Bull Toyota ran great all night… we weren’t quite good enough for the (Joe) Gibbs (Racing) cars. They were really good tonight. It was still a good run. The guys did a great job and it was nice to get a top five.”

An early dispute between Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya added excitement to a slow start at Richmond. Montoya slammed the outside wall with help from Newman and wasted no time retaliating. Newman stated on his radio that he would deal with him (Montoya) after the race.

What did that mean? Well to Newman, it meant him heading directly to the NASCAR hauler. Newman was asked how he wanted the situation to be handled.

“Just fair, I guess. I don’t know that you can have that. I mean, I know that he (JPM) ran up on my off of (Turn) 2 there and I clipped him; I mean I’m not going to try to dump myself into the wall. But to retaliate the way he did just didn’t show much class.”

Montoya refused to comment on the situation but tweeted later, “Tough day for the @target Chevy. We move on to darlington. Looking forward to the Jim hunter golf tournament.” Should be interesting to see how this situation plays out, stay tuned.

Martin Truex Jr., who had a solid top-five finish lined up, wasn’t able to make it on fuel. One green flag pit stop led to another immediately after due to a loose lug nut, turning his top-five into a 27th place finish.

Here are the complete results from the Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 from Richmond International Raceway:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Kasey Kahne
4. David Ragan
5. Carl Edwards
6. Clint Bowyer
7. A.J. Allmendinger
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Tony Stewart
10. Brian Vickers
11. Joey Logano
12. Kevin Harvick
13. Dave Blaney
14. Mark Martin
15. Greg Biffle
16. Jeff Burton
17. Regan Smith
18. Jamie McMurray
19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20. Ryan Newman
21. Matt Kenseth
22. Kurt Busch
23. Marcos Ambrose
24. Bobby Labonte
25. David Gilliland
26. Andy Lally
27. Martin Truex Jr.
28. Casey Mears
29. Juan Pablo Montoya
30. Travis Kvapil
31. David Reutimann
32. Ken Schrader
33. Tony Raines
34. David Stremme
35. Robby Gordon
36. Brad Keselowski
37. Paul Meynard
38. Landon Cassill
39. Jeff Gordon
40. Michael McDowell
41. Mike Skinner
42. Joe Nemechek
43. J.J. Yeley

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One Comments to “Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400: Kyle Busch Wins at Richmond”
  1. Lauri Moss says:

    What……no mention of the HM cars? For once, Jimmy runs like crap and Jeff is running good and crashes ! That deserves some type of shout out !! Other than that…….Great article !!

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