Busch Charges From 32nd To Win 3rd Straight Cup Race

It was a shocker on Friday that Kyle Busch qualified his No. 18 Toyota in 32nd. But, we shouldn’t have been so shocked it seems. Busch, drove his Joe Gibbs Racing entry through the field with ease on Saturday night en route to the victory in the Toyota Owners 400 at the Richmond Raceway. It was the third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory on the season for Busch, as he joins Kevin Harvick who also won three races in-a-row earlier this season with most victories in 2018.

Busch, led just 32 laps under the lights at the .75-mile track, but they were important ones. He led 31 of the final 32 laps in his fifth win at Richmond, all coming in the spring race. 

Kyle Busch leads Chase Elliott during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.

It was also Busch’s 46th career Cup victory, tying him with Buck Baker for 15th all-time.

He’s on a terror recently too. Busch, has seven straight top three finishes and eight straight top seven results. In fact, out of those seven top three’s, six have resulted in a first or second placed finish.

Chase Elliott would bring his No. 9 Chevrolet home second for his eighth career runner-up finish. Elliott, now has three top 11 finishes in his last four races, but this one was his best performance of the season.

Denny Hamlin brought his No. 11 Toyota home third for his sixth straight top six finish at Richmond. He came home third in this very race a year ago. It was also his first top five finish since a fourth place run at Phoenix back in March.

Joey Logano would win both stages in his No. 22 Ford but come home fourth on Saturday night. Logano, finished first and second respectively at Richmond last year and now has nine straight top 10 finishes at the track. He also has eight top 10’s in nine tries in 2018.

Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five in his No. 4 Ford.

Martin Truex Jr. would lead the most laps with leading 121 of the 402 laps. But, his No. 78 Toyota crew had a slow late race pit stop which cost him several spots on the track. He’d finish 14th as a result. Last fall, Truex nearly won too but was cost a victory on a late race caution as well.

Kurt Busch led the second most laps with leading 98 circuits, but he’d finish 11th.

The race was calm throughout much of duration, with the only two cautions through the first 352 laps for stage breaks. We’d see four yellows fly over the final 49 laps.

The series heads from one of the smallest tracks to the largest one in back-to-back weeks with going to Talladega next weekend.

Toyota Owners 400 Results

  1. 18 KyBusch
  2.  9 Elliott
  3. 11 Hamlin
  4. 22 Logano
  5.  4 Harvick
  6. 48 Johnson
  7. 42 Larson
  8.  2 Keselowski
  9. 14 Bowyer
  10. 19 Suarez
  11. 41 KuBusch
  12. 24 Byron R
  13. 20 Jones
  14. 78 Truex Jr.
  15.  3 ADillon
  16. 32 DiBenedetto
  17. 10 Almirola
  18. 88 Bowman
  19.  1 McMurray
  20. 13 TDillon
  21.  6 Bayne
  22. 12 Blaney
  23. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  24. 21 Menard -1
  25. 43 Wallace Jr. R -1
  26. 37 Buescher -1
  27. 47 Allmendinger -1
  28. 15 Chastain R -1
  29. 95 Kahne -2
  30. 72 Whitt -2
  31. 34 McDowell -2
  32.  8 Hemric R -3
  33. 38 Ragan -3
  34. 00 Cassill -5
  35. 23 Gaulding -7
  36. 51 Rhodes -16
  37. 31 Newman OUT
  38. 55 Sorenson OUT

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