Sunday, 29 April 2012 09:54
Kyle Busch had a pretty good weekend in Richmond. The 26-year-old scored his first win as a Nationwide Series car owner Friday night with older brother Kurt behind the wheel then went on to capture his fourth consecutive spring Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.
The victory snapped a 22-race winless streak and broke a tie with Richard Petty for consecutive wins in the spring Richmond race. Petty won each spring from 1971 through 1973 at the track located in Henrico County, Virginia.
Carl Edwards led 206 laps of the 400-lap event and looked to have the car to win until receiving the blag flag for jumping leader Tony Stewart on a restart with 81 laps remaining. Edwards made a visit to pit road under green and bounced back to finish 10th.
Stewart, who led four times for 118 laps, then set sail for the checkereds before a late race caution for debris bunched the field and sent the leaders to pit road for new tires.
Kyle Busch emerged with the lead and held off a challenge by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the final laps to collect his 24th career Sprint Cup win.
“I hate it for him that we had a caution like that," Kyle Busch said of the yellow that zapped Stewart's lead. "He deserved to win the race, but I can’t say enough about us just getting our lucky break there and getting a chance to win.”
Stewart was disappointed with the outcome and said the debris caution was for a plastic bottle on the backstretch.
The three-time champion finished third followed by Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.
Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski and Edwards completed the top-10.
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