Kurt Busch Wins Nationwide Series Race at Richmond
Kyle Busch Motorsports hasn't had an easy go of things to start the season in the Nationwide Series, but things got much better tonight after Kurt Busch finally got a win for KBM. Busch beat a hard-charging Denny Hamlin to the finish line by inches, and not without some contact.
Busch started tenth and quickly made his way to the front. His car wasn't so strong on the short runs, but was very good on the long run.
Kevin Harvick started the race on the pole and dominated most of the race, but his car would fade on the long run and that is when Busch would start to run him down.
On multiple ocassions Busch chased down Harvick but wasn't able to make the pass either because of lapped traffic or a caution coming out. But when Busch was finally able to make the pass, he took off.
Hamlin hurt his chances for victory on the last caution when he missed his pit box and had to go through pit road a second time. Hamlin made his way back to the front without the aid of caution laps.
Hamlin caught Busch with three laps left. He got underneath Busch coming off of turn four with two laps to go. Busch and Hamlin stayed side by side for the final two laps. Hamlin pushed Busch up the track a bit in through the final turn. Busch got into the wall but was still able to use the momentum off the highside to barely beat Hamlin back to the line.
X Games superstar Travis Pastrana made his long-awaited NNS debut tonight and ran a fairly good race. Pastrana finished 22nd, one lap down, just behind Danica Patrick.
18-year-old Ryan Blaney also made his NNS debut tonight and stunned everybody. Blaney started eighth and went right to the front.
He ran top-five for the first run, but fell out of the top-10 after troubles on pit road. Blaney rebounded and finished seventh.
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