Kurt Busch dominates at Richmond

Kurt Busch celebrates at Richmond

Kurt Busch celebrates at Richmond

Kurt Busch has scored his first win of the NASCAR season with a dominant performance at Richmond.

The result locks him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, something that looked unlikely after he was suspended at the start of the year over a court order in a domestic violence dispute.

Busch led a total of 291 of the 400 laps; the most he has ever done in a single race. It was his 26th career win and second at Richmond.

In a show of strength for the Stewart-Haas Racing, defending series champion and current points leader Kevin Harvick finished second in the Toyota Owners 400.

“It’s a great feeling,”said Kurt Busch.

“We’ve just been building and building toward this. When you’re accused of something, and things go sideways, your personal life doesn’t have to affect your business life.”

In a relatively clean race, the major incident involved two of the big names with Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. colliding on the front straight with 40 laps to run. Stewart spun and brushed the inside wall of pit road. He was then unable to get the No. 14 car restarted and finished 41st.

VIDEO: Kurt Busch wins at Richmond

VIDEO: Kurt Busch in Victory Lane

VIDEO: Tony Stewart spins after contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

 RESULTS: Toyota Owners 400 – Richmond International Raceway 

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS PTS
1 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 3 400 291 Running 48 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 5 400 2 Running 43 1
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 36 400 0 Running 41 0
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 9 400 4 Running 41 1
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 1 400 94 Running 40 1
6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 40 400 0 Running 38 0
7 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 8 400 0 Running 37 0
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 11 400 0 Running 36 0
9 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 17 400 0 Running 35 0
10 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 6 400 0 Running 34 0
11 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 23 400 0 Running 33 0
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 12 400 0 Running 32 0
13 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 4 400 0 Running 31 0
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 26 400 0 Running 30 0
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15 400 0 Running 29 0
16 25 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 16 400 0 Running 0 0
17 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 7 400 9 Running 28 1
18 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 22 400 0 Running 26 0
19 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 18 400 0 Running 25 0
20 43 Aric Almirola Ford 27 399 0 Running 24 0
21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 32 398 0 Running 23 0
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 2 398 0 Running 22 0
23 18 David Ragan Toyota 10 398 0 Running 21 0
24 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 34 398 0 Running 20 0
25 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 21 398 0 Running 19 0
26 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 19 398 0 Running 0 0
27 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 20 398 0 Running 17 0
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 24 398 0 Running 16 0
29 55 Brett Moffitt Toyota 14 396 0 Running 15 0
30 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 25 396 0 Running 14 0
31 38 David Gilliland Ford 30 396 0 Running 13 0
32 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 41 396 0 Running 12 0
33 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 395 0 Running 11 0
34 34 Reed Sorenson Ford 43 395 0 Running 10 0
35 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 29 394 0 Running 9 0
36 35 Cole Whitt Ford 31 394 0 Running 8 0
37 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 37 394 0 Running 7 0
38 23 Jeb Burton Toyota 39 393 0 Running 6 0
39 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 42 392 0 Running 5 0
40 30 Jeff Green Chevrolet 33 386 0 Running 4 0
41 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 13 359 0 Accident 3 0
42 98 Josh Wise Ford 28 137 0 Engine 2 0
43 32 Joey Gase Ford 35 124 0 Accident 0 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 357 Leader 9 2 7 8 0
2 Joey Logano 324 -33 9 1 5 8 0
3 Martin Truex Jr 315 -42 9 0 1 8 0
4 Jimmie Johnson 299 -58 9 2 5 6 0
5 Brad Keselowski 283 -74 9 1 3 6 1
6 Kasey Kahne 275 -82 9 0 1 4 1
7 Matt Kenseth 273 -84 9 1 3 5 0
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 271 -86 9 0 4 5 1
9 Jamie McMurray 264 -93 9 0 2 4 1
10 Jeff Gordon 263 -94 9 0 1 6 1
11 Aric Almirola 250 -107 9 0 0 0 0
12 Denny Hamlin 245 -112 9 1 3 3 0
13 Paul Menard 239 -118 9 0 1 1 1
14 Clint Bowyer 235 -122 9 0 0 2 0
15 Ryan Newman 234 -123 9 0 4 5 0
16 Danica Patrick 230 -127 9 0 0 2 0
17 Carl Edwards 228 -129 9 0 0 1 0
18 Kurt Busch 222 -135 6 1 3 3 0
19 David Ragan 218 -139 9 0 1 1 0
20 Kyle Larson 205 -152 8 0 0 3 1
21 Greg Biffle 203 -154 9 0 0 1 0
22 AJ Allmendinger 202 -155 9 0 0 2 2
23 Casey Mears 200 -157 9 0 0 1 1
24 Austin Dillon 194 -163 9 0 0 1 1
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 188 -169 9 0 1 1 1
26 David Gilliland 175 -182 9 0 0 0 0
27 Trevor Bayne 174 -183 9 0 0 0 0
28 Justin Allgaier 171 -186 9 0 0 1 2
29 Brett Moffitt 151 -206 8 0 0 1 0
30 Tony Stewart 148 -209 9 0 0 1 3
31 Sam Hornish Jr 144 -213 9 0 0 0 0
32 Cole Whitt 136 -221 9 0 0 0 1
33 Alex Bowman 103 -254 8 0 0 0 1
34 Michael Annett 101 -256 9 0 0 0 1
35 Michael McDowell 79 -278 5 0 0 0 0
36 Josh Wise 65 -292 8 0 0 0 2
37 Matt DiBenedetto 64 -293 6 0 0 0 0
38 Jeb Burton 51 -306 7 0 0 0 1
39 Alex Kennedy 40 -317 5 0 0 0 0
40 Brian Vickers 32 -325 2 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 22 -335 2 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 20 -337 1 0 0 0 0
43 Michael Waltrip 18 -339 1 0 0 0 0
44 Mike Wallace 8 -349 1 0 0 0 0
45 Jeff Green 4 -353 1 0 0 0 0
46 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -355 1 0 0 0 1
47 Brian Scott 0 -357 2 0 0 0 0
48 Regan Smith 0 -357 4 0 0 0 0
49 Chase Elliott 0 -357 2 0 0 0 0
50 Matt Crafton 0 -357 1 0 0 0 0
51 Ryan Blaney 0 -357 3 0 0 0 2
52 Johnny Sauter 0 -357 1 0 0 0 0
53 Chris Buescher 0 -357 4 0 0 0 0
54 Landon Cassill 0 -357 9 0 0 0 3
55 J.J. Yeley 0 -357 8 0 0 0 1
56 Brendan Gaughan 0 -357 4 0 0 0 0
57 Ty Dillon 0 -357 1 0 0 0 0
58 Mike Bliss 0 -357 6 0 0 0 0
59 Joe Nemechek 0 -357 1 0 0 0 0
60 Joey Gase 0 -357 1 0 0 0 1
61 Travis Kvapil 0 -357 0 0 0 0 0
62 Tanner Berryhill 0 -357 0 0 0 0 0
63 Justin Marks 0 -357 0 0 0 0 0

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