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MENCS: Busch goes from back to front, wins at Richmond

(MRN) Kyle Busch came from the rear of the field to score his sixth win at Richmond Raceway in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400.

Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. followed Busch across the finish line marking the first time all season the “Big 3” swept the first three finishing positions.

Busch had to start at the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments after qualifying. But he was still able to fight his way to the front and led 92 laps on his way to his seventh win of the season and 50th career Cup win.

Busch had to battle Brad Keselowski, who was trying for a fourth straight win, in a late duel before finally getting ahead and then holding off Harvick.

“That was too close for my comfort,” Busch said. “I thought we were a little bit better there on the long run. I know Harvick, that’s kind of his specialty. We had a really, really good race car tonight. … The guys did a great job coming back from that dismal qualifying effort and prepared a really, really good race car for us tonight. Being able to start dead last, come up through the field and win this thing.”

Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.

Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer completed the first 10 finishers.

Truex Jr. won the first two stages.

Bowyer, Johnson, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin are the bottom four drivers in the Playoffs.

The NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series closes out the opening round of the Playoffs next Sunday with a first-ever visit to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

Fin

St

Car

Driver

Make

Laps

Status

Laps Led

Points

1

11

18

Kyle Busch

Toyota

400

Running

92

40

2

1

4

Kevin Harvick

Ford

400

Running

40

53

3

3

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Toyota

400

Running

163

54

4

18

9

Chase Elliott

Chevrolet

400

Running

34

47

5

6

10

Aric Almirola

Ford

400

Running

1

45

6

26

3

Austin Dillon

Chevrolet

400

Running

0

35

7

9

42

Kyle Larson

Chevrolet

400

Running

0

32

8

21

48

Jimmie Johnson

Chevrolet

400

Running

0

32

9

7

2

Brad Keselowski

Ford

400

Running

67

42

10

24

14

Clint Bowyer

Ford

400

Running

0

27

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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