Richmond International Raceway Nationwide Results: Kyle Busch Returns to Victory Lane, Again

September 10, 2011 No Comments

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For the 51st time, Kyle Busch has been crowned the victor in yet another Nationwide race. Busch led 74 laps en route to his series leading eighth win this season.

“Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and these guys made some awesome adjustments all night making the car better for us and just making it a little more drivable,” said Busch. “Every run we got closer and then there at the last run we just had track position and a good car.”

Carl Edwards, who led a race high 160 laps, had an issue on pit road which cost him the lead with 23 to go. Edwards’ crew had trouble with the right-front of the Roush Fenway Ford, dropping Edwards to fourth and handing the lead over to Busch, a lead which he would never lose.

Edwards quickly jumped to third on the restart and later passed his RFR teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., but was unable to catch Busch. Stenhouse Jr. maintained third place as well as his points lead, which he stretched to 16 over Elliott Sadler.

“I have to thank Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.),” said Edwards of his teammate. “He didn’t hold me up when I was coming there at the end. He let me at least have a shot at Kyle (Busch). Those guys (Kyle Busch) earned it. They got faster all night. We had a little bit of trouble. It is like our car went away just a little bit.”

Trailing at the line in fourth and fifth was rookie Ryan Truex and veteran Kenny Wallace, scoring his first top five since 2008. Elliott Sadler, Aric Almirola, Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier and Joe Nemechek rounded out the top 10.

I have to thank Ricky. He didn’t hold me up when I was coming there at the end. He let me at least have a shot at Kyle. Those guys earned it. They got faster all night. We had a little bit of trouble. It is like our car went away just a little bit.”

Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski ran second early in the race, chasing leader Edwards prior to a caution involving Aric Almirola and Blake Koch, which sent Koch slamming into the inside wall on lap 68. Following the caution, Keselowski brushed the wall on the restart, damaging his No. 22 Dodge. Keselowski finished 19th, one lap down.

Directly following Keselowski’s mishap, another Cup regular was involved in an altercation. Kevin Harvick’s dispute wasn’t with a wall SAFER barrier like Keselowski’s, instead, it was with NNS regular Jason Leffler. Harvick drove directly into the back of Leffler’s car, heavily damaging the No. 38 Chevrolet.

Harvick tangled with another driver to bring out the final caution on lap 212, this time it was the No. 16 of Trevor Bayne. Harvick slid in front of the No. 16 Ford Mustang exiting turn two, bouncing off the wall and turning Bayne directly into the wall.

Bayne’s day was over as he limped his heavily damage Ford back to the garage, finishing a disappointing 28th.

“He (Harvick) chopped me again off the corner and checked up and it got him sideways and he just wrecked us,” said Bayne. “I don’t understand what the deal is or why he would race like that. It is just frustrating when people do stuff like that and it is intentional.”

“All in all, it’s just short-track racing,” Harvick said of his scuffles with Bayne and Leffler.

Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Race Results:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Carl Edwards
3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
4. Ryan Truex
5.Kenny Wallace
6. Elliott Sadler
7. Aric Almirola
8. Reed Sorenson
9. Justin Allgaier
10. Joe Nemechek
11. Michael Annett
12. Mike Bliss
13. David Stremme
14. Jeremy Clements
15. Mike Wallace
16. Steve Wallace
17. Timmy Hill
18. Danica Patrick
19. Brad Keselowski
20. Kevin Harvick
21. Derrike Cope
22. Robert Richardson Jr.
23. Kevin Lepage
24. Morgan Shepherd
25. Luis Martinez Jr.
26. Ricky Carmichael
27. Blake Koch
28. Trevor Bayne
29. Jason Leffler
30. Eric McClure
31. Jamie McMurray
32. Brian Scott
33. Josh Wise
34. Johnny Chapman
35. Matt Carter
36. Jeff Green
37. Carl Long
38. Tim Andrews
39. Dennis Setzer
40. Mark Green
41. Scott Riggs
42. Chase Miller
43. Brian Keselowski

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