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Kyle Busch triumphs at Martinsville

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Monday 4th April, 2016 - 8:37am

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Kyle Busch was thrilled with his win at Martinsville

Kyle Busch was thrilled with his win at Martinsville

Kyle Busch scored his first win at the famed Martinsville Speedway with a measured drive at the track known as the “Paperclip.”

Even a late race caution couldn’t stop Busch, who did not pit while others took a mixture of two and four tyres.

He led a total of 352 of the 500 laps run on NASCAR’s shortest track. It was an impressive weekend for the younger of the Busch brothers, as he also won the Truck Series. Prior to the weekend he had not won at Martinsville in Cup, XFinity or Trucks.

“It certainly helps when you get to run other divisions, and that’s why I do it – to pay off on Sundays. It doesn’t work every single weekend, but it works more times than it doesn’t,” said Kyle Busch.

“To win here in Martinsville is pretty cool, you know. Finally get to take a clock home. A lot of people said I didn’t deserve one yesterday, and maybe I don’t. But I certainly got one today.”

Busch also had plenty of praise for his team, which gained positions during stops and made mid race adjustments to the car.

“That was huge, the race off pit road. My guys were flawless today,” said Busch.

“We made a few adjustments to the car throughout the day, and they kept getting me out and not even losing a spot on pit road. That was the key to the race, being able to restart on the bottom (lane) like that.”

Good results for a number of drivers with AJ Allmendinger in second, followed by Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Brian Vickers.

Of the notables not to score highly was points leader Kevin Harvick in 17th, while a cut tyre in the opening laps meant Dale Earnhardt Jr. had to fight his way back to 15th.

One of the pre-race favourites was Denny Hamlin, but he lost control of his on Lap 220 and hit the outside wall hard. He finished 39th.

From short track racing, it’s onto one of the fastest tracks at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night race next weekend.

VIDEO: Kyle Busch takes the win at Martsinville

VIDEO: Victory Lane

 

RESULTS: STP 500 – Martinsville

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED STATUS POINTS BONUS PTS
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 500 352 Running 45 5
2 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 6 500 0 Running 39 0
3 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 17 500 0 Running 38 0
4 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 29 500 0 Running 37 0
5 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 11 500 0 Running 36 0
6 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 25 500 0 Running 35 0
7 14 Brian Vickers Chevrolet 3 500 0 Running 34 0
8 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 4 500 10 Running 34 1
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 24 500 0 Running 32 0
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 5 500 0 Running 31 0
11 22 Joey Logano Ford 1 500 21 Running 31 1
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 14 500 0 Running 29 0
13 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 23 500 0 Running 28 0
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 21 500 0 Running 27 0
15 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 9 500 45 Running 27 1
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 28 500 0 Running 25 0
17 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 19 500 72 Running 25 1
18 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 16 500 0 Running 23 0
19 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 12 500 0 Running 22 0
20 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 10 499 0 Running 21 0
21 23 David Ragan Toyota 22 499 0 Running 20 0
22 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 2 499 0 Running 19 0
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 15 499 0 Running 18 0
24 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 27 498 0 Running 17 0
25 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 30 497 0 Running 16 0
26 44 Brian Scott Ford 26 496 0 Running 15 0
27 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 32 496 0 Running 14 0
28 38 Landon Cassill Ford 33 495 0 Running 13 0
29 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 35 495 0 Running 12 0
30 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 31 495 0 Running 11 0
31 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 18 494 0 Running 10 0
32 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 13 494 0 Running 9 0
33 34 Chris Buescher Ford 36 491 0 Running 8 0
34 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 34 491 0 Running 7 0
35 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 490 0 Running 6 0
36 32 Joey Gase Ford 37 490 0 Running 0 0
37 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 490 0 Running 4 0
38 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 39 326 0 Engine 3 0
39 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 8 221 0 Accident 2 0
40 43 Aric Almirola Ford 20 206 0 Engine 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 220 Leader 6 1 3 5 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 216 -4 6 2 3 4 0
3 Kyle Busch 215 -5 6 1 5 5 0
4 Carl Edwards 206 -14 6 0 3 5 0
5 Joey Logano 196 -24 6 0 2 3 0
6 Brad Keselowski 178 -42 6 1 2 4 0
7 Austin Dillon 176 -44 6 0 2 4 0
8 Kurt Busch 176 -44 6 0 1 4 0
9 Denny Hamlin 172 -48 6 1 3 3 1
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr 172 -48 6 0 2 3 1
11 Martin Truex Jr 150 -70 6 0 1 2 0
12 AJ Allmendinger 147 -73 6 0 1 2 0
13 Jamie McMurray 143 -77 6 0 0 1 0
14 Matt Kenseth 140 -80 6 0 0 1 1
15 Ryan Blaney 132 -88 6 0 0 2 1
16 Chase Elliott 131 -89 6 0 0 3 1
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 128 -92 6 0 1 2 1
18 Kasey Kahne 128 -92 6 0 0 1 0
19 Ryan Newman 126 -94 6 0 0 1 1
20 Kyle Larson 125 -95 6 0 1 2 1
21 Paul Menard 125 -95 6 0 0 1 1
22 Aric Almirola 121 -99 6 0 0 0 1
23 Greg Biffle 109 -111 6 0 0 0 1
24 Trevor Bayne 109 -111 6 0 0 0 0
25 Brian Scott 100 -120 6 0 0 0 0
26 Danica Patrick 97 -123 6 0 0 0 2
27 Regan Smith 95 -125 6 0 0 1 0
28 Casey Mears 94 -126 6 0 0 0 0
29 Landon Cassill 90 -130 6 0 0 0 0
30 David Ragan 87 -133 6 0 0 0 0
31 Brian Vickers 82 -138 4 0 0 1 0
32 Clint Bowyer 82 -138 6 0 0 0 0
33 Michael McDowell 78 -142 6 0 0 0 0
34 Matt DiBenedetto 70 -150 6 0 0 0 1
35 Michael Annett 63 -157 6 0 0 0 0
36 Chris Buescher 57 -163 6 0 0 0 1
37 Cole Whitt 38 -182 5 0 0 0 2
38 Josh Wise 23 -197 5 0 0 0 1
39 Jeffrey Earnhardt 18 -202 3 0 0 0 0
40 Michael Waltrip 12 -208 1 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 11 -209 1 0 0 0 0
42 Reed Sorenson 4 -216 1 0 0 0 0
43 Robert Richardson 3 -217 1 0 0 0 1
44 Ty Dillon 0 -220 3 0 0 0 0
45 Joey Gase 0 -220 2 0 0 0 0
46 David Gilliland 0 -220 0 0 0 0 0

 

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