(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.