Busch Dominates, Hamlin Cruises in Richmond Wins
Former Kansas Speedway winner Kyle Busch was able to hold off his teammate and another former Kansas Speedway winner, Denny Hamlin by nearly two seconds as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series returned to action at Richmond this past weekend.
Busch’s win on Saturday night in the Cup race was his third straight in the spring race at Richmond and he became the second driver this season to have multiple wins.
Busch took the lead for good on lap 317 after an incident sent Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon among other Cup drivers to the garage. The win helped Busch move to third in the point standings, 30 points behind Missouri native Carl Edwards.
Kasey Kahne, David Ragan and Edwards rounded out the top five, respectively. Kansas native Clint Bowyer, A.J. Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart finished sixth through ninth and were the last cars on the lead lap.
Hamlin had been looking to sweep the weekend and get his Cup first win of the 2011 season after winning the Denny Hamlin All-Star Showdown charity race on Thursday and the Nationwide Series race on Friday.
Leading 199 of 250 laps, Hamlin cruised to Victory Lane with ease in the Nationwide Series for his first Nationwide Series win of the season.
Paul Menard, Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five. Allgaier maintained a six point lead over Sadler, who returned to the Nationwide Series full time in 2011.
The Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will visit Darlington Raceway this weekend for another round of night racing. The Nationwide Series race will be on ESPN 2 on Friday night at 6:30 PM (CT) and the Sprint Cup Series race will air on Fox at 6:30 PM (CT) on Saturday.
All events at Kansas Speedway, including the upcoming O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 and STP 400 at Kansas Speedway June 4-5, are currently on sale and tickets can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is always free and fans can bring in a 14x14x14 soft-sided cooler filled with the favorite foods and beverages.