Saturday, May 1, 2010

Busch vs. Busch: Richmond

Kyle Busch

Nationwide: Busch was third in final practice and took the pole for the Bubba Burger 250. This was also Busch's first Nationwide pole of 2010 and third at Richmond. Busch led until lap 59, when Brad Keselowski passed him. During the caution on lap 96, Busch lost four spots when the crew had trouble with a lug nut. With 90 to go, he was stuck in fifth place. With 61 laps left, a caution came out and his crew stepped it up, bringing him out second. Busch took the lead after a caution with six laps left but having not gone on to pit road, he couldn't beat Keselowski and his new tires. He finished fourth.

Cup: Busch was in the top five in both practices, placing fifth and first. He kept his momentum going into qualifying, first with the Nationwide pole followed by the Cup pole. He started next to fellow Toyota driver David Reutimann. Busch quickly pulled away from the rest of the pack at the drop of the green flag. He kept his lead through the first caution and kept going, lapping cars and making his lead even bigger. On lap 171 he lost the lead to Ryan Newman after a caution for debris but he took it back quickly since Newman was on two tires while Busch was on four. On lap 230, he lost the lead to Jeff Burton, who was hungry for a win. On lap 242, Busch fell further back to third place, being passed by the other Jeff (Gordon). He still didn't know what was wrong with his car. With 100 laps left, he was in fourth place. With 25 to go, Busch was in sixth after a caution. After two more cautions and 12 to go, he was in second. On the restart, Busch got a jump on Gordon and took the checkered flag.

Kurt Busch

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This article originally appeared on LV NASCAR Examiner and republished with permission of the author.

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