Monday, September 24, 2018

Kyle Busch Scores Win #50 in the Cup Series

Kyle Busch climbed yet another step higher on the all time win list with a strong victory at Richmond. With the win, Kyle Busch is now tied with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson on that list, and his grand total among the top three national series stands at 193.

The race itself was very tame, with the only one caution outside of the two stage finishes. Kevin Harvick started on the pole, but Martin Truex Jr. took control of the early portion of the race, winning Stage 1 with Harvick and Brad Keselowski close behind.

Truex continued to show the way in Stage 2, winning that stage as well. After pitstops, however, Truex was sent to the rear of the field for an uncontrolled tire. This put Chase Elliott in the top spot, but it would be Brad Keselowski that led the middle portion of the race.

Keselowski was strong, but Kyle Busch showed his might on lap 287, taking the lead. Busch would lead until the 59 to go mark, when Keselowski mounted another charge, regaining the lead. Keselowski’s time out front would not last as Busch would again take the lead, this time for good, on lap 363. Busch then set sail toward his 50th NASCAR Cup Series victory. With the victory, Busch has swept both Cup Series events at Richmond in 2018 and secured his spot in the Round of 12.

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