Picture perfect: Kyle Busch leads all 250 laps in Richmond NNS win


If Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 were a baseball game, Kyle Busch would have pitched a perfect game.

Busch started in the lead of the Nationwide Series race, held the point midway through and then took the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway, ultimately leading all 250 laps.

It doesn’t get much better than that, for sure, as Busch claimed his fourth win of the season and 67th of his NNS career. It was also his 22nd win from the pole.

“Good car, good engine and good execution tonight,” Busch said afterward. “I’m pumped about being back in Victory Lane in the Nationwide Series and here at Richmond. It’s been a while.

“It’s fun to come back here and get back on track and get some mojo for tomorrow night (Cup race).

It was the second time in Busch’s career that he has led all laps of an NNS race, having done so previously in February 2011 at Phoenix.

The feat has been done 17 times in NNS history, including NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett’s first NNS win (August 1986, Orange County, N.C.), Jeff Burton (Darlington, March 2002) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (July 2003, Daytona).

However, no driver has ever led all laps in a race that was more than 200 laps.

From the drop of the race-opening green flag, Busch was in his own zip code. Several drivers tried to close the gap on him, including outside pole sitter Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler.

But it seemed that the closer they got to Busch, the more he ultimately pulled away.

NNS points leader Chase Elliott finished second, followed by Harvick, Blaney and Brian Scott.

“We were getting closer and closer than we were in the spring race, but I think that 54 (Busch) got better since the spring race, as well,” Elliott said.

Added Blaney, who won the NNS race at Bristol two weeks ago and last weekend’s Truck race at Atlanta, “Not a bad effort. We’re excited to be at Chicago again next weekend and hope we can do a little bit better there.”

Sixth through 10th were Regan Smith, Dakoda Armstrong, Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher.

Dylan Kwasniewski finished 11th, followed by Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Landon Cassill, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, Cale Conley, Brendan Gaughan, James Buescher and Mike Bliss.

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