for your iPhone
for your iPad
NASCAR

NASCAR Links

Scanner Frequencies

Meet the Staff

2014 Schedule

Kyle Busch beats Gordon in Richmond

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, May 01, 2010

Advertisement

Kyle Busch celebrates with his crew in Victory Lane after winning the Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 Saturday night – just a few hours before his 25th birthday
John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR
Frustration continued to dog Jeff Gordon, but on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, it was polesitter Kyle Busch—not four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson—who kept Gordon out of Victory Lane.

Busch surged past Gordon after a restart with five laps left in the Crown Royal Heath Calhoun 400 and cleared Gordon's Chevrolet to the outside through Turns 3 and 4. Four laps later, Busch beat Gordon to the finish line by .755 seconds.

The victory was Busch's 17th in the series. Kevin Harvick ran third behind Gordon, followed by Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards. Juan Pablo Montoya, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose and Johnson completed the top 10. Harvick took over the lead in the series standings from Johnson, who trails by 10 points through 10 events.

All told, Busch led 226 of 400 laps to Gordon's 144.

Kyle Busch battled Jeff Gordon throughout Saturday’s race as the dominate cars. With eight different race leaders, Busch claimed 226 laps while Gordon was out front for 144 laps
Al Bello/Getty Images for NASCAR
"I figured I was going to get the outside (for the last restart)," said Busch, who won the spring race at Richmond for the second straight year. "All I wanted to do was just get into Turn 1 smooth and get a good launch up off Turn 2 down the backstretch—and then make sure I got into (Turn) 3 without over-driving it. …

"I knew if I could just get through Turn 3 OK and hammer down off Turn 4 and get him cleared that it would be pretty good—and it worked. That's what I did. Did I have a plan? Was that exactly my plan? No. I was just going to drive it as hard as I could, and make whatever happened happen. It worked, just off the cuff."     

Gordon finished second for the eighth time since his last win in the series on April 5, 2009 at Texas, 39 races ago.

"I've been doing this long enough to know they don't give out trophies for leading any lap other than the last one," said Gordon, who reached the boiling point at Talladega last week after Johnson, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, forced him onto the apron in Turn 3. Moments later, Gordon was wrecked.

"We're a team that's made huge strides, in my opinion, from last year. … That's what I'm excited about. We're leading laps at a lot of different types of tracks, and I think our team is really on top of our game.

"Yeah, it's a little disappointing that we haven't won some races yet, but if we keep doing this, those will come. We've got to keep putting ourselves in position."

With just five laps left, Kyle Busch pulled ahead of Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick to take the checkered flag Saturday night in Richmond. Harvick, who finished third, now leads the point standings with 1,467, just 1 points over Jimmie Johnson (1,457).
Al Bello/Getty Images for NASCAR
Gordon led by 2.566 seconds when Elliott Sadler slid through the frontstretch grass with four flat tires to bring out the fourth caution of the race on Lap 367. When pit road opened on Lap 373, Gordon, Burton, Harvick, Montoya and Ryan Newman stayed out on tires that were three laps old when the caution flew.

Busch, Denny Hamlin, Truex Jr. and Edwards led a group to pit road for fresh rubber in preparation for a restart on Lap 378. Gordon was leading when the sixth caution flew on Lap 389 for Sam Hornish Jr.'s wreck on the backstretch. That set up the five-lap dash to the finish.

Busch ran away with the first half of the race, leading all but eight of the first 229 laps before Burton powered past him in Turn 3 on Lap 230. Burton held the top spot for 20 laps, only to surrender it to Gordon, whose car came to life in the middle of a long green-flag run.

"I have no idea how this has just happened—but I'm liking it," Gordon radioed to crew chief Steve Letarte after the pass for the lead. Gordon extended his advantage through a cycle of green-flag pit stops, and by Lap 300 he had stretched his advantage over Harvick to 2.878 seconds.

Notes: Edwards led Laps 269 and 270 during a cycle of green-flag pit stops. Those were the only laps he has led this year, ending a 12-race drought dating to Talladega in November 2009. … Busch gave Dave Rogers his first victory as a Sprint Cup crew chief.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 195/10 400 Running
2 4 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 175/5 400 Running
3 7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese's 170/5 400 Running
4 17 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 165/5 400 Running
5 28 99 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts EZ Seed 160/5 400 Running
6 19 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 150/0 400 Running
7 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 151/5 400 Running
8 5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Medicine 147/5 400 Running
9 20 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Bush's Best Baked Beans / Kingsford 138/0 400 Running
10 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 134/0 400 Running
11 30 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 130/0 400 Running
12 10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 127/0 400 Running
13 21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 124/0 400 Running
14 6 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Dodge Motorsports 121/0 400 Running
15 2 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 118/0 400 Running
16 23 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 115/0 400 Running
17 15 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Valvoline 112/0 400 Running
18 16 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 109/0 400 Running
19 8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 106/0 399 Running
20 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 103/0 399 Running
21 22 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 25th Anniversary 100/0 399 Running
22 33 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 97/0 399 Running
23 18 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 99/5 399 Running
24 35 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 91/0 399 Running
25 14 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet HendrickCars.com / GoDaddy.com 88/0 399 Running
26 13 36 Casey Mears Chevrolet H.D. Segur, Inc. Insurance 85/0 399 Running
27 32 98 Paul Menard Ford Schrock Cabinetry / Menards 82/0 398 Running
28 37 7 Robby Gordon Toyota BAMVIP.com / James Otto - Whitney Duncan 79/0 398 Running
29 39 26 David Stremme Ford Air National Guard 76/0 398 Running
30 29 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 73/0 398 Running
31 40 37 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 70/0 398 Running
32 25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 67/0 397 Running
33 31 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 64/0 397 Running
34 38 34 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 61/0 396 Running
35 12 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 58/0 393 Running
36 27 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 55/0 387 Accident
37 42 38 Kevin Conway * Ford Extenze 52/0 387 Running
38 24 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Reynolds Wrap 49/0 385 Running
39 41 46 Terry Cook * Dodge The Atlantic Company of America 46/0 92 Rear Gear
40 36 09 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Construction / GracewayPharmaceuticals 43/0 86 Brakes
41 34 132 Reed Sorenson Toyota Braun Racing 40/0 80 Overheating
42 43 164 Tony Raines Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 37/0 69 Vibration
43 11 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 34/0 42 Accident

* Denotes Rookie

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article