Kyle Busch wins third race in a row in Richmond

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Sunday 22nd April, 2018 - 1:00pm

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Kyle Busch has taken his third straight win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with victory at Richmond Raceway.

The #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver came from 32nd on the starting grid and only led for the first time on Lap 371 of the scheduled 400, before winning by 0.511s in an overtime finish.

Chase Elliott (#9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) made a late move to take second, ahead of Denny Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota).

Kyle Busch gambled and lost trying to save tyres during qualifying, not advancing past the first round, but had climbed a dozen position into the top 20 in the first dozen laps.

He moved into the top 10 on Lap 35 and ultimately finished the first 100-lap stage in sixth position.

Car #18 ran as high as second during Stage 2 before also finishing that segment of the race in sixth.

Kyle Busch sat fourth with 50 laps remaining before the first of four Cautions for incidents, when Ryan Blaney (#12 Team Penske Ford), Ricky Stenhouse Jnr (#17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), and Cole Whitt (#72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet) came together.

The series leader was third out of pit lane and passed Kevin Harvick (#4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) just after the restart.

Jamie McMurray (#1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) hit the wall and was collected by Ryan Newman (#31 Richard Childress Racing Cevrolet) with 33 laps to go, triggering the Caution which saw Kyle Busch take the lead off pit lane.

He navigated two more Cautions, the latter of which made for an overtime finish after 402 laps, to take a third win of the season.

Elliott slipped by Hamlin after the final Caution, brought about when Stenhouse Jnr found the wall, to finish runner-up.

Joey Logano (#22 Team Penske Ford) won both of the first two stages on his way to fourth, from Harvick, Jimmie Johnson (#48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Kyle Larson (#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), Brad Keselowski (#2 Team Penske Ford), Clint Bowyer (#14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), and Daniel Suarez (#19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota).

The series continues with Round 10, the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, on April 27-29 (local time).

Race highlights

Results: Toyota Owners 400, Richmond Raceway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 402 32 Running
2 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 402 0 Running
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 402 6 Running
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 402 92 Running
5 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 402 8 Running
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 402 0 Running
7 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 402 0 Running
8 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 402 0 Running
9 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 402 45 Running
10 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 402 0 Running
11 41 Kurt Busch Ford 402 98 Running
12 24 William Byron Chevrolet 402 0 Running
13 20 Erik Jones Toyota 402 0 Running
14 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 402 121 Running
15 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 402 0 Running
16 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 402 0 Running
17 10 Aric Almirola Ford 402 0 Running
18 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 402 0 Running
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 402 0 Running
20 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 402 0 Running
21 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 402 0 Running
22 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 402 0 Running
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 402 0 Running
24 21 Paul Menard Ford 401 0 Running
25 43 Darrell Wallace Jnr Chevrolet 401 0 Running
26 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 401 0 Running
27 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 401 0 Running
28 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 401 0 Running
29 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 400 0 Running
30 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 400 0 Running
31 34 Michael McDowell Ford 400 0 Running
32 8 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet 399 0 Running
33 38 David Ragan Ford 399 0 Running
34 00 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 397 0 Running
35 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 393 0 Running
36 51 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet 386 0 Running
37 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 368 0 Crash
38 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 188 0 Electrical

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Pl’off pts
1 Kyle Busch 415 9 3 17
2 Joey Logano 359 -56 9 0 2
3 Clint Bowyer 329 -86 9 1 5
4 Kevin Harvick 324 -91 9 3 12
5 Brad Keselowski 303 -112 9 0 3
6 Denny Hamlin 286 -129 9 0 1
7 Martin Truex Jnr 284 -131 9 1 7
8 Ryan Blaney 282 -133 9 0 2
9 Kurt Busch 282 -133 9 0 2
10 Kyle Larson 279 -136 9 0 0
11 Aric Almirola 248 -167 9 0 0
12 Erik Jones 233 -182 9 0 0
13 Alex Bowman 209 -206 9 0 0
14 Austin Dillon 208 -207 9 1 5
15 Jimmie Johnson 200 -215 9 0 0
16 William Byron 192 -223 9 0 0
17 Ryan Newman 186 -229 9 0 0
18 Paul Menard 183 -232 9 0 0
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 176 -239 9 0 0
20 Chase Elliott 175 -240 9 0 0
21 Daniel Suarez 161 -254 9 0 0
22 Darrell Wallace Jnr 160 -255 9 0 0
23 AJ Allmendinger 160 -255 9 0 0
24 Jamie McMurray 158 -257 9 0 0
25 Chris Buescher 130 -285 9 0 0
26 Trevor Bayne 126 -289 9 0 0
27 Michael McDowell 121 -294 9 0 0
28 David Ragan 121 -294 9 0 0
29 Ty Dillon 112 -303 9 0 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 112 -303 9 0 0
31 Kasey Kahne 109 -306 9 0 0
32 Cole Whitt 62 -353 6 0 0
33 Gray Gaulding 56 -359 9 0 0
34 DJ Kennington 38 -377 4 0 0
35 Landon Cassill 37 -378 4 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 28 -387 5 0 0
37 Harrison Rhodes 23 -392 5 0 0
38 Mark Thompson 15 -400 1 0 0
39 Reed Sorenson 15 -400 4 0 0
40 Corey LaJoie 14 -401 3 0 0
41 Brendan Gaughan 9 -406 1 0 0
42 Danica Patrick 2 -413 1 0 0
43 Justin Marks 0 -415 1 0 0
44 David Gilliland 0 -415 1 0 0
45 Ross Chastain 0 -415 8 0 0
46 Cole Custer 0 -415 1 0 0
47 JJ Yeley 0 -415 1 0 0
48 Joey Gase 0 -415 1 0 0
49 Daniel Hemric 0 -415 1 0 0
50 Timmy Hill 0 -415 2 0 0
51 Chad Finchum 0 -415 1 0 0

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