Busch wins the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

by SM Staff On Sat, Sep. 22, 2018

Photo by Patrick Sue-Chan for SpeedwayMedia.com.

Kyle Busch held off Kevin Harvick and won Saturday nights NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series (NMECS) Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. Busch completed the “Richmond Sweep” to capture his seventh win of the 2018 season and the 50th of his career in 490 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.

“I knew Harvick was kind of closing in on us there at the end,” Busch said. “I ran really hard trying to pass Brad, racing with Brad, and being able to finally get by him, and you could see how hard we ran by how fast he dropped. Our car was really, really good, good in the long run.

“I think Harvick maybe — well, the run before we kind of drove away from everybody, so I just — I think it was a factor of me running real hard, pushing real hard that Harvick was able to close in on us at the end.  My stuff was really, really used up. I lost a ton of grip the last 10 laps of the race, so I was just trying to hang on.”

Harvick finished second and makes his race a little easier at Charlotte.

“We were starting to track him (Kyle Busch) down there at the end. I needed about 25 more laps. I gotta thank everybody on our Jimmy John’s Ford.” Harvick said. “Our guys did a great job rebounding after last weekend and doing what we had to do this week to put ourselves in a good position for next week, so solid night.”

Martin Truex Jr. won both the first and second stages and finished third after a pit road mistake. Truex Jr. has a 16 point lead over Busch in the series standings heading into the Roval at Charlotte.

Busch, Brad Keselowski and Truex Jr. have locked in their playoff spots.

Chase Elliott had a great night and finished fourth.

“Yeah, just appreciate Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) making some good calls overnight. I feel like we changed about everything before qualifying yesterday,” Elliott said.

Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.

“Our Ford Fusion was fast. We had a good night. We executed and ran top-five all night. That is the exact night we were looking for to build a little bit of a point cushion going into the Roval next week where we are all unsure of what we will have. I am really proud of the night and we will see what happens next week,” Almirola said.

Unofficial series point standings heading into Charlotte:
1. Martin Truex Jr. (P), 2141, -0
2. Kyle Busch (P), 2125, -16
3. Kevin Harvick (P), 2113, -28
4. Brad Keselowski (P), 2111, -30
5. Joey Logano (P), 2081, -60
6. Aric Almirola (P), 2079, -62
7. Kyle Larson (P), 2073, -68
8. Kurt Busch (P), 2071, -70
9. Chase Elliott (P), 2066, -75
10. Austin Dillon (P), 2066, -75
11. Alex Bowman (P), 2061, -80
12. Ryan Blaney (P), 2060, -81
13. Clint Bowyer (P), 2056, -85
14. Jimmie Johnson (P), 2054, -87
15. Erik Jones (P), 2039, -102
16. Denny Hamlin (P), 2031, -110

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race
Unofficial Race Results for the 61st Annual Federated Auto Parts 400
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Richmond Raceway

Pos St Car Driver Team Make
1 11 18 Kyle Busch (P) M&M’s Toyota
2 1 4 Kevin Harvick (P) Jimmy John’s New 9-Grain Wheat Sub Ford
3 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota
4 18 9 Chase Elliott (P) Hooters Chevrolet
5 6 10 Aric Almirola (P) Get Grilling America Smithfield Ford
6 26 3 Austin Dillon (P) Dow VORASURF Chevrolet
7 9 42 Kyle Larson (P) DC Solar Chevrolet
8 21 48 Jimmie Johnson (P) Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet
9 7 2 Brad Keselowski (P) Reese/DrawTite Ford
10 24 14 Clint Bowyer (P) ITsavvy Ford
11 8 20 Erik Jones (P) Craftsman Toyota
12 13 88 Alex Bowman (P) Nationwide Chevrolet
13 15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford
14 12 22 Joey Logano (P) Shell Pennzoil Ford
15 16 31 Ryan Newman Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevrolet
16 2 11 Denny Hamlin (P) FedEx Office Toyota
17 38 19 Daniel Suarez Comcast Toyota
18 5 41 Kurt Busch (P) State Water Heaters/Haas Automation Ford
19 4 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Menards/Richmond Ford
20 19 24 William Byron # Liberty University Chevrolet
21 14 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet
22 20 21 Paul Menard Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
23 40 38 David Ragan The Pete Store Ford
24 23 34 Michael McDowell Dockside Logistics Ford
25 17 6 Matt Kenseth Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford
26 10 51 Cole Custer(i) Jacob Companies Ford
27 25 43 Bubba Wallace # World Wide Technology Chevrolet
28 29 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet
29 28 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet
30 22 37 Chris Buescher Cheerios Zero Hunger Zero Waste Chevrolet
31 39 95 Regan Smith FDNY Foundation Chevrolet
32 31 72 Corey LaJoie ARK.io Blockchain Solutions Chevrolet
33 30 15 Ross Chastain(i) Chevrolet
34 27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Keen Parts/CorvetteParts.net Ford
35 35 00 Joey Gase(i) Eternal Fan Chevrolet
36 36 99 * Landon Cassill(i) StarCom Fiber Chevrolet
37 32 96 * Jeffrey Earnhardt Xtreme Concepts/iK9 Toyota
38 34 23 Alon Day Best Bully Sticks Toyota
39 37 66 * Timmy Hill(i) Ternio Toyota
40 33 52 * Gray Gaulding LIVE! Casino & Hotel Ford

 

 

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