Victory at Richmond Makes Three Consecutive NASCAR Cup Wins for Kyle Busch
Busch won his third consecutive race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup season on Saturday, proving that he is the ultimate wheelman, at least for the time being.
The day was thunderous for Kyle Busch who started the Toyota Owner’s 400 from the 32nd position before he grabbed the checkered flag at Richmond Raceway. Actor Michael Rooker, known to NASCAR fans as Rowdy Burns in the movie “Days of Thunder,” led the NASCAR Cup Series field to green as the Honorary Pace Car Driver, but the race then turned into The Kyle Busch Show. This season Busch has won at Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and now Richmond Raceway. Besides his three wins, he has seven top-fives and eight top-10s in nine starts.
After the race, Busch went into the stands and greeted fans. When asked if he had done it before he responded, "Maybe once, but probably not." Busch also added, "It was a 10-year anniversary. You know what? I was wondering if I'd come out alive. I think it certainly was different tonight. I saw a lot of yellow there at the front fence line." Busch was referring to the anniversary of his feud with Dale Earnhardt Jr., which led to him becoming one of the most booed NASCAR drivers today. He leads all drivers in the points standings.
The day looked encouraging for Team Penske driver Joey Logano who swept stage one and stage two. He couldn’t get the win, but he completed the race with a top-five finish. Martin Truex Jr. had an agonizing day after leading a race-high 121 laps. The driver of the No. 78 car was on the verge of winning his first short track race when a long pit stop foiled his changes.
Stewart-Hass driver Kurt Busch led the second most laps of the Toyota Owner’s 400 with 98, but he wasn’t able to close out the race with a top 10. He finished right outside the top-10 in eleventh. One of the most surprising finishes of the day was Chase Elliott. A series of cautions in the final laps and a late race charge by Elliott put him in a position to become the runner-up at Richmond. He secured his fourth top-10 finish of 2018.
The Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race at Richmond Raceway Results
(Position Finished, Driver, Manufacturer, Laps Completed, Laps Led)
1. Kyle Busch, Toyota, 402, Led 32
2. Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 402
3. Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 402, Led 6
4. Joey Logano, Ford, 402, Led 92
5. Kevin Harvick, Ford, 402, Led 8
6. Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 402
7. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 402
8. Brad Keselowski, Ford, 402
9. Clint Bowyer, Ford, 402, Led 45
10. Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 402
11. Kurt Busch, Ford, 402, Led 98
12. William Byron, Chevrolet, 402
13. Erik Jones, Toyota, 402
14. Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 402, Led 121
15. Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 402
16. Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 402
17. Aric Almirola, Ford, 402
18. Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 402
19. Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 402
20. Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 402
21. Trevor Bayne, Ford, 402
22. Ryan Blaney, Ford, 402
23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 402
24. Paul Menard, Ford, 401
25. Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet, 401
26. Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 401
27. AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 401
28. Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 401
29. Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 400
30. Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 400
31. Michael McDowell, Ford, 400
32. Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 399
33. David Ragan, Ford, 399
34. Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 397
35. Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 393
36. Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 386
37. Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, Accident, 368
38. Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Electrical, 188
Back to the Superspeedway
Short track action is over for now; next up on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is restrictor plate racing. The top-level stock car series is moving on to the unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway where it’s anybody’s race to win and every driver's race to lose. If Kyle Busch can make it four wins in a row, his victory would be a treat for NASCAR fans. The Geico 500 (188 laps, 500.08 miles) will race Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. EST.