Kyle Busch grabbed his series-leading 51st career Nationwide Series win at Richmond tonight. Busch had a great car all night long, and led when it counted en route to the win. He didn't have the best car, but it proved to be good enough.
Busch was very strong on restarts, but struggled on long runs throughout much of the race until the last run to the finish. He would lead the first couple of laps after a restart, but then Carl Edwards who had arguably the best car tonight, would come storming back to take the lead away from Busch.
But Edwards' hopes of victory were basically dashed when his team had a 19-second pit stop on the final stop dropping him from the lead to fourth. Edwards did rebound to finish in second, a half-second behind Busch, but to Edwards it certainly wasn't the result he had expected.
Kenny Wallace notched his first top ten finish since 2008 tonight with his fifth place finish. Wallace qualified in the top five, ran in the top five all night long and got the finish to prove it. It was a great night for Wallace who also had a good car at Bristol two weeks ago, but got caught in a wreck.
Ryan Truex had a great run in the Joe Gibbs Racing number 20 car tonight. He had a very eventful night when the car turned off immediately after he fired up the engine. The team had to change the ignition box, but then the tachometer stopped working. He then had to start the race from dead-last, and managed to work his way up to a fourth place finish without a working tachometer.
Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished third, had a great car and stretched his point lead over Elliott Sadler to 16 points.
Kevin Harvick had what was possibly the most eventful night of any driver in the field. His race started off with his car being absolutely terrible throughout the early part of the event. Then he got caught up in a wreck with Jason Leffler. He got into turn three too hard and turned Leffler around, and got himself caught in it as well. After that the car seemed to improve. Harvick raced his way up to as high as fifth at one point. But later on, Leffler came back out on track and brake-checked Harvick heading into turn three. Harvick checked up and Trevor Bayne got into the back of him. Two laps later Bayne got into the back of Harvick coming out of turn two and put Harvick in the wall. Harvick bounced off the wall and turned back into Bayne, turning Bayne hard into the turn three wall.
Harvick claimed over the radio that he got into Bayne because he over-corrected the car after bouncing off the wall. However, it certainly looked like Harvick intentionally turned Bayne around in retaliation.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.