Busch Claims First Series Win, Takes Points Lead By: Thomas Chemris Kyle Busch stormed into Richmond, taking the pole, and dominating the race to win the Funai 250. Busch, who just turned nineteen, claimed his first win in just his eighteenth ...
Busch Claims First Series Win, Takes Points Lead
By: Thomas Chemris
Kyle Busch stormed into Richmond, taking the pole, and dominating the race to win the Funai 250. Busch, who just turned nineteen, claimed his first win in just his eighteenth series starts.
In a race slowed by eleven cautions, Busch powered through the restarts to hold off the competition, leading 236 of the 250-lap event.
"It is an awesome facility, and I am glad the second groove came in. Without these Lowes Chevrolet guys we wouldn't be here tonight", said Busch from victory lane. "Lance McGrew and of course everybody on this whole team. They proved it last year with Brian Vickers, and this year with this Raybestos rookie."
Bush's win was a family affair, his father served as the team's father, and his brother, Kurt, was on hand in victory lane to congratulate his younger brother.
Finishing behind Busch was former champion Greg Biffle, who was able to catch Busch in the closing laps, but was unable to get past. "He was beating us right in the center of the corner", said Biffle. "I could have got to his bumper at the end of the race, but, I figured I'd let him go. I don't want to do something like that for a win."
Biffle alluded to a Richmond finish last fall in which his Roush teammate Matt Kenseth saw a victory slip away after a bump and run by Johnny Sauter.
Third, was last year's race winner, Kevin Harvick. Harvick, who started eighth, seemed at times to have enough car to challenge Busch, but he had trouble on the restarts, and was unable to consistently run with the race winner. "The Reese's Chevrolet just wouldn't go for about ten laps, then after that it would haul the mail", noted the 2001 Champion.
Finishing behind the top three were, Bobby Hamilton Jr, and David Green.
New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr, who lost the points lead by virtue of Busch's performance almost had a disastrous night. After falling back from a poor pit stop, Truex got together off turn four with Mike Wallace on lap 121. Truex and his Chance 2 team rallied to remain on the lead lap. Truex used the remainder of the race to work his way through the field and finish seventh. "Martin did a good job tonight", noted team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. ". Track position been real tough tonight, but we just battled back".
Busch is currently atop the championship points, fifteen markers ahead of Martin Truex Jr, followed by David Green, Michael Waltrip, and Robby Gordon. 148 points separate the top five drivers.
Next week the series heads to Nazareth speedway for the Gould's Pump 200. Ron Hornaday is the defending race winner. The Nazareth race will mark the final time the series will compete at the Pennsylvania track. The recently announced settlement of the Ferko Lawsuit, and realignment of the NASCAR schedule it was announced that International Speedway Corporation will be closing the facility, and moving it races to another one of it's venues.