BUSCH: Sauter bumps and runs for RIR win

Johnny Sauter put the bumper to Matt Kenseth on the final lap of the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway to score his second career victory. Sauter booted Kenseth out of the way on the events final turn, and was unapologetic about the ...

Johnny Sauter put the bumper to Matt Kenseth on the final lap of the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway to score his second career victory. Sauter booted Kenseth out of the way on the events final turn, and was unapologetic about the controversial late race move.

The break of the race for Sauter came with just thirty laps left in the 250 lap event. Satuer motored around Kenseth and teammate Harvick to gain the lead, but then a late race caution flag set-up a seven lap shootout for the win.

Kenseth and Sauter engaged in a grudge match, bumping and banging sheet metal as they powered down the track with Kevin Harvick making it three-wide just for an added difficulty rating. As the trio began to rough each other up, Jason Keller wrecked in the rear of the field and NASCAR red-flagged the event.

The Funai 250 was restarted with three laps to go, creating a flammable situation between the lead drivers. Ultimately, Sauter let his ire be known to Kenseth giving him a good hard shove toward the wall. "He's not going to push me around," Sauter said of Kenseth in victory lane.

The late race incident relegated Kenseth to a sixth place finish and some post race words from Sauter's teammate Kevin Harvick.

Harvick, who finished second, caused a scene on pit road -- post race, having words with Kenseth, series officials and several other random bystanders on behalf of his teammate Sauter.

Harvick, who was hyper critical of Kurt Busch's behavior on-track just a week ago -- referring to Busch as a "butthole", seemed to sing a different tune when the shoe was on the other foot.

"I'm so damn proud of Johnny right now," said Harvick. "I can barely stand it."

Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Brian Vickers and David Green round out the top five.

Scott Riggs, who came to RIR leading series rankings, takes a hit in the points this week. Riggs was involved in a controversy of his own with fellow competitor Ron Hornaday.

"Hornaday has once again shown how disrespectful he is," Riggs commented post race.

Riggs falls to third in standings, while Green moves into the top spot. Brian Vickers is second. Ron Hornaday and Jason Keller round out the top five.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Matt Kenseth , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Johnny Sauter , Brian Vickers