Kurt Busch Gets KBM First Nationwide Win

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By Jason Schultz

On a cool Saturday night in Richmond, the stock cars put on a show at the Richmond International Speedway. Kurt Busch brought home Kyle Busch Motorsports its first ever Nationwide Series win. Kyle was ecstatic about the win for KBM. The race featured a lot of young stars making debuts and Danica Patrick was racing. Travis Pastrana is making his highly anticipated Nationwide debut. Ryan Blaney, son of Dave Blaney also made his Nationwide debut.

The finish will cover up for the long green flag runs that appeared throughout the race. The first caution came out on lap 23 when debris was spotted on the track. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin would share the lead early in the race. The second caution of the night came out on lap 68 when J.J Yeley made significant contact with the wall.

The final caution of the night came out when Robert Richardson Jr. clipped Jason Bowles sending Bowles spinning on the backstretch. The free pass on that caution went to Danica Patrick. During the pit stops on that caution Denny Hamlin missed his pit stall forcing him to go around and pit again costing him a lot of ground that could have been used at the end of the race.

On lap 167 Kurt Busch went to the lead and would stay up there for most of the final laps. After green flag pit stops put Kevin Harvick ahead of Kurt Busch, Kurt Busch would eventually pass Harvick and never look back. Around 10 laps to go Denny Hamlin began to catch Kurt Busch. Coming to the white flag Kurt had a narrow lead of Hamlin. Hamlin took the lead in turns 1 and 2 but Kurt Busch battled strong back on the outside. Coming onto the front stretch Hamlin tried to get Kurt Busch loose which put Busch into the wall but Hamlin also got himself loose and Kurt went on to beat Hamlin barely.

This is Kyle Busch Motorsports first Nationwide win. One big storyline is how KBM wins their first Nationwide race. They beat a Joe Gibbs Racing car barely at the line. KBM team owner Kyle Busch used to drive for JGR in the Nationwide season before expanding KBM to the Nationwide series. In victory lane Kurt Busch commented “When you drive for a guy named Busch, you’ve gotta be on it.” Kurt knows how big of an opportunity it is driving for Kyle and he also knows the added pressure to succeed is placed on his shoulders.

The young faces of the night ended up finishing: Danica 21st, Blaney 7th and Pastrana 22nd. Travis Pastrana commented after the race about his finishing position compared to some other young stars, “Lowlight was probably getting passed by both the girls” Pastrana said jokingly. A huge night for Kyle Busch Motorsports results in a much-needed energy boost for Kyle and Kurt. The photo finish gives many people optimism of a great race Saturday night in Richmond, VA.

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Results via Nascar.com

FIN

ST

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 10 54 Kurt Busch Toyota Monster   Energy 0 250 Running
2 2 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Z-Line   Designs 0 250 Running
3 1 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Fast   Fixin’ On the Go Sandwiches 0 250 Running
4 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse   Jr. Ford Blackwell   Angus Beef / Cargill 40/0 250 Running
5 12 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Wurth 39/0 250 Running
6 7 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet OneMain   Financial 38/0 250 Running
7 8 136 Ryan   Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 37/0 250 Running
8 19 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot   Flying J 37/1 250 Running
9 3 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet AdvoCare 35/0 250 Running
10 5 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great   Clips 0 250 Running
11 11 4 Steve Wallace Ford Loanmax   Title Loans 33/0 250 Running
12 21 30 James Buescher Chevrolet AccuDoc   Solutions 0 249 Running
13 17 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com   / Pellet & Wood Stoves 31/0 249 Running
14 15 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar   General 30/0 249 Running
15 13 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 29/0 249 Running
16 9 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount   Tire / SKF 0 249 Running
17 20 44 Mike Bliss Toyota BanditChippers.com 27/0 249 Running
18 14 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar   General 0 249 Running
19 4 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 25/0 248 Running
20 24 70 Johanna Long * Chevrolet Foretravel   Motorcoach 24/0 248 Running
21 16 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 23/0 248 Running
22 25 199 Travis   Pastrana Toyota Boost   Mobile 22/0 248 Running
23 18 108 Casey Roderick * Ford West   Virginia Miners 21/0 247 Running
24 26 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet JD   Motorsports 20/0 247 Running
25 27 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil 19/0 246 Running
26 33 41 Timmy Hill Ford Poynt.com 0 245 Running
27 40 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Victory   Precision Valves 17/0 245 Running
28 43 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Gulf   Coast Loss Prevention 16/0 244 Running
29 31 124 Tanner   Berryhill Chevrolet New   Gulf Resources / Dillon Manufacturing 15/0 244 Running
30 28 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota American   Majority 14/0 243 Running
31 34 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty /   Reynolds Wrap 13/0 243 Running
32 38 39 Matt Frahm Ford New   Lifestyle Diet / Maui Jim Sunglasses 12/0 243 Running
33 29 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Clements   Automotive 11/0 229 Running
34 37 23 Robert   Richardson Jr. Chevrolet North   Texas Pipe 10/0 162 Running
35 30 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 9/0 145 Clutch
36 32 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Racing   With Jesus 9/1 90 Handling
37 22 117 J.J. Yeley Toyota AmericashAdvance.com   / New Gulf Resources LLC / Excel Therapy Specialists LLC 0 66 Accident
38 23 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 0 12 Susp.
39 42 175 Blake Koch Chevrolet Rick   Ware Racing 5/0 10 Vibration
40 36 47 Scott Speed Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 0 9 Electrical
41 39 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma   Unwind Relaxation Drink 3/0 7 Rear   Gear
42 35 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet Curtis   Key Plumbing 2/0 7 Clutch
43 41 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar   Motorsports 1/0 3 Vibration

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