Kyle Busch Wins Virginia 529 College Savings 250
Kyle Busch's win is the latest of his four Nationwide Series victories at Richmond.
Driving the #18 Z-Line Toyota , Kyle Busch played a waiting game, taking the lead on the final pit stop after spending most of the evening in second place behind a dominant Carl Edwards. Edwards led most of the night, with Kyle Busch and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne following close behind all evening. Bayne would be delayed on the next-to-last pit stop, dropping to ninth. That got him into trouble near the end of the night when he tangled with Kevin Harvick, ending his night on the end of a wrecker.
"These guys keep digging and trying and I can’t say enough about my team," said Kyle Busch, notching his fourth-career NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Richmond. "They did a flawless job. Carl was good there. I thought we had a fourth- or fifth-place car, but we worked on it and made into a second- or third-place car. I put a little pressure on my guys, knowing how fast they were making stops all night. We got closer with the adjustments and were in position to take advantage there at the end."
Kyle’s victory was the 51st NASCAR Nationwide Series win of his career, eighth of the 2011 season, and his fourth at Richmond International Raceway.
Carl Edwards, who battled back to second after being fourth on the final restart, commented: "My crew, who are the best out there, had a little trouble with the right front tire. That was just racing. They (Busch) got faster all night and our car just lost a little there at the end. It was a fun night of racing. We had a spectacular racecar at the beginning of the night and it felt great. Kyle and those guys earned it. What I needed was one more caution to get me up there next to him and it could have been really exciting."
Bringing his #6 Fastenal/Honoring Our Heroes Ford home in third place, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash for Cash $100,000 bonus for finishing ahead of Elliott Sadler, Josh Wise and Reed Sorenson, and said, “We got that Dash for Cash! I thought we had a little for Kyle, but I lost forward grip there at the end."
Nineteen-year-old Ryan Truex, who was happy to finish fourth after steadily working his way through the field after falling back to 42nd, said: “It helps when you have a good car. It’s a pleasure to drive with these guys. I stayed patient and made my way to the front. It was a good night and I’m happy."
Kenny Wallace notched his first top-5 finish since finishing fourth in the September 1999 race. He felt rejuvenated, saying: “Hard work and perseverance got us here.”
Tonight’s race featured 10 lead changes among four drivers (Busch – 4 times for 74 laps, Edwards – 5 times for 160 laps, Brad Keselowski - once for 8 laps, Clements – once for 8 laps). There were 6 caution periods, brining the average speed of the race to 90.909mph.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. now leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series, 950 to 934 points over Emporia, Virginia’s Elliott Sadler. Sadler finished 6th, improving slightly on his 8th place starting position. Eric McClure of Chilhowie, Virginia, finished 30th following contact with the turn 4 wall on lap 158.
NASCAR hits the track Saturday night for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race "under the lights." Tickets start at $50 on race day and can be purchased online by clicking here, via phone at 866-455-7223 or at a ticket booth on Raceway property Saturday. Parking lots open at 7:00 a.m., grandstand gates open at 2:00 p.m. and pre-race ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m.