Kyle Busch had a dream weekend in Richmond, not only did he earn his first Sprint Cup Series victory of 2012, but he also earned his first win as a car owner in the Nationwide Series with older brother Kurt behind the wheel.
“It’s way harder to win as an owner for sure,” Busch said of his first win as an owner with Kyle Busch Motorsports. “I’m standing there on the pit wall and I’ve got no control over what’s going on. I’m ready to come on the radio with Kurt and tell him what he needs to be doing.”
Coming off a top 10 run at Kansas, Kyle Busch held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). Tony Stewart finished third, STP 400 winner Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Kasey Kahne was fifth.
Earnhardt’s second-place finish was his seventh top-10 finish in the first nine races this season. Despite his winless streak extending to 138 races, NASCAR’s most popular driver moved up two spots in the point standings to second, five points behind point leader Greg Biffle, who is a two time Kansas Speedway winner.
Columbia native Carl Edwards led a dominating 206 laps at RIR, but mistakenly believed he was the leader on a restart and passed Stewart, who was scored as the leader, before the restart line. NASCAR said Edwards jumped the start and black-flagged the No. 99 and he was forced to serve a drive-thru penalty. Edwards salvaged a 10th-place finish. Emporia, Kan. native Clint Bowyer finished seventh and Jamie McMurray finished 14th.
Kurt Busch earned Kyle Busch Motorsports its first Nationwide Series victory on Friday by the thinnest of margins, in a close finish with both cars sideways and side-by-side at the finish line as Kurt Busch beat Hamlin to the checkered flag by .062-second. Kevin Harvick finished third, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fourth and Sam Hornish Jr. was fifth.
Elliot Sadler is the Nationwide Series point leader with defending champion Stenhouse Jr. only two points behind, while rookie Austin Dillon is third with Hornish Jr. and Michael Annett rounding out the top five.
Both series return to action this weekend in Talladega.
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