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Kyle Busch Schools the Field at Richmond

Kyle Busch taught the field how to dominate a race in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway. He took the green flag and didn’t look back, leading all 250 laps without relinquishing the lead once, in a commanding victory. Busch had control of the race right from the start, although some got close, none would get close enough. Not even six cautions for 38 laps would slow him down. This however, isn’t new to Busch, as the last driver to lead every lap in a Nationwide Series race was, yes you guessed it, Busch himself. In Phoenix in 2011 he led all 200 laps from the pole. This was Busch’s 67th win and 42nd pole in 289 Nationwide Series races.

“It’s been a while, if you think about it,” said Busch, who hasn’t won a Nationwide race at Richmond since 2011. “We’ve had a lot of bad luck lately, and it feels good, trying to get some mojo back, get ready for tomorrow night (Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race), see what we can salvage there and roll on into the Chase.”

“All in all, the guys did a great job,” Busch continued. “They were really smart about what they needed, what we needed, what I needed.”

Coming in second and still keeping his points lead, was race phenom Chase Elliott who is having a storybook season so far. He was gaining on Busch but Busch had everything going his way tonight and it was just not meant to happen.

“I thought we had a really good NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet,” Elliott stated, “We made gains really throughout the night and we were getting closer and closer. I think we were actually better than where we were in the spring when we were able to outrun Kevin (Harvick).”

Kevin Harvick, in spite of having an ill handling car at times, came in third after starting 15th. Harvick and Chase Elliott swapped second place several times. Harvick was also making good long runs and at times looked as if he would be able to challenge Busch at the end, but his car was not able to handle as well in short runs and he was unable to gain past third.

“Kyle had a much better car and was able to take off on the short runs and get way out there,” said Harvick, who thought he might have been able to catch Busch during the final run, if not for the caution.” We were off all weekend for whatever reason and I just never really could get the grasp on it, we had a good long run car but that was about it.” 

Ryan Blaney in the No.22 had a good run finishing in fourth place. Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott captured a fifth place finish.

Driver Regan Smith is having a great season and brought home sixth place. Dakoda Armstrong would bring home his best finish to date in seventh place, prior to that his best finish was 10th.

Rounding out the top ten finishers was Elliott Sadler in eighth, Ty Dillon in ninth place, and Chris Buescher finished the night in 10th place.

The Nationwide Series next travels to Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday September 13 for the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola.

Your current top five in the Nationwide Series point standings are as follows:

1) Chase Elliott 916
2) Regan Smith -19
3) Ty Dillon-42
4) Elliott Sadler-54
5) Brian Scott-57

Complete Finishing Order:

Position Car No. Driver
1 84 Kyle Busch
2 9 Chase Elliott
3 5 Kevin Harvick
4 22 Ryan Blaney
5 2 Brian Scott
6 7 Regan Smith
7 43 Dakoda Armstrong
8 11 Elliott Sadler
9 3 Ty Dillon
10 60 Chris Buescher
11 31 Dylan Kwasniewski
12 20 Matt Kenseth
13 42 Kyle Larson
14 01 Landon Cassill
15 6 Trevor Bayne
16 16 Ryan Reed
17 33 Cale Conley
18 62 Brendan Gaughan
19 99 James Buescher
20 10 Mike Bliss
21 51 Jeremy Clements
22 29 Kelly Admiraal
23 39 Ryan Sieg
24 93 Ryan Ellis
25 44 Wil Kimmel III
26 40 Matt DiBenedetto
27 19 Hermie Sadler
28 52 Joey Gase
29 23 Cody Ware
30 14 Jeff Green
31 28 J.J. Yeley
32 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt
33 87 Josh Reaume
34 84 Chad Boat
35 72 John Jackson
36 89 Morgan Shepherd
37 55 Jamie Dick
38 91 Blake Koch
39 46 Matt Frahm
40 74 Kevin LePage

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Michelle Lippold
Michelle Lippold
I've grown up watching racing of some sort from midgets to Stock Cars since I was a child. I run the FB page Everything NASCAR but really want to explore my love of writing and racing together. I love both things so I decided to try combining them.


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