Busch Gets Nationwide Series Victory At Richmond
Kyle Busch took the lead coming out of the pits after a caution with with 40 laps to go and went on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night.
The victory was the eighth of the season for Busch and the 51st of his career in the series.
Finishing second was Carl Edwards, who led the most laps – 160 of 250 – of the race but lost the lead to Busch when he had a bad final pitstop.
“Carl (Edwards) was certainly really good there,” Busch said. “I thought at first we were probably a third- or fourth-place car and then we kind of worked on it and made it a second or third-place car and then there at the end we were keeping up with Carl and thought it was about a second-place car and that final pit stop my guys really put the pressure on them knowing how quick they’ve been on pit road all night and they did it once again. We were able to get off first and I think Carl came off fourth. When we had the restart there he got mired back in traffic a little bit and kind of gave us some time and some room to get out and then when he and Ricky (Stenhouse) started racing there a little bit obviously it took them a little bit to get by and we kind of stretched it out somewhat but not a lot.”
“These cars are all pretty equal. It’s certainly hard to have an advantage but any time you can get out-front and stay out-front certainly I felt like that helped. 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. Every run we got closer and then there at the last run we just had track position and a good car.”
Edwards explained his long pit stop.
“We had a little trouble with the right front tire,” Edwards said. “Something in the fender wall. My guys are the best pit crew on pit road. They put me out front and it is just racing but man, this Fastenal Mustang was so good. I have to thank Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.). 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.”
Stenhouse Jr., Edwards ‘Roush Fenway Racing teammate, was third.
“I felt like we had a little bit for Kyle there at the end,” Stenhouse said. “We started off really good and we were running him down but we just lost forward grip. We weren’t near as good as I think we have been in the past but we have Flight 93 on here and we want to remember all those in 9/11. It was a tragic day and I am glad we still have our freedom to come out here and race. It was a tough battle but I am really glad Nationwide is doing this Dash for Cash because it pays pretty good.”No Comment