In A Nutshell: Clint Bowyer took advantage of ace pit work by his crew on his final stop and made the most of coming out on top of the cars that did stop. That still left him with two Roush Fenway cars that stayed on the track, but he made quick work of them both and then held off Matt Kenseth, the leader before a miscue cost him spots on that final yellow flag, to take his second Busch Series win of the season. Kenseth settled for second, followed by Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch rounding out the Top 5.
Who Should Have Won: Jeff Burton was dominant most of the night, but faded in the late going and just didn't have the car when he needed it the most.
Three Questions You Should Be Asking After the Race Weekend
1) Why did Matt Kenseth race Denny Hamlin so hard just a few laps into the event?
I'm sure Denny Hamlin and what's left of his pole-winning car would love to know the answer.
2) Is that scanner chatter cool or what?
ESPN does have some good moments in their coverage, and I have to say, I like the scanner chatter they run on the restarts. It does kind of make you feel more like you are there as a part of the action.
3) Why does Jeff Burton fade out so often in these things?
Maybe it's just me, but it seems like in these Busch races lately I'm always saying, "Jeff Burton was strong early but faded toward the end to finish third."
Worth Noting/Points Shuffle:
Scott Wimmer was the highest finishing non-Cup driver with a tenth place result. Juan Pablo Montoya was directly behind him for 11th, good enough for Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors.
Carl Edwards actually lost a little ground as his 13th place result allowed Kevin Harvick to eat away a little bit of his points lead, dropping it from 433 points to only 402. Dave Blaney still holds down third place in the standings, but he’s now 510 points off the lead. David Reutimann and Matt Kenseth round out the Top 5. Kyle Busch, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., David Ragan, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Regan Smith complete the Top 10.
Buschwhackers in this race: 21
Starting spots taken by Buschwhackers YTD: 226 of 469
Buschwhackers finishing in Top 10: 9
Buschwhackers finishing in Top 10 YTD: 89 of 110
Races won by Buschwhackers YTD: 11 of 11
Buschwhackers ranked in Top 10 in Busch Series points standings: 7
"We're out there trying to get some laps in, get the tires up to temperature. We were a little bit loose so Steven got a run on me coming off of two the lap before. I got back around him and he just didn't make the corner. It's unfortunateâ€¦It was one of those things where you can't control everybody else's car. If you could it'd be a lot easier." Sam Hornish, Jr.
"We thought more cars would stay out. We were kind of hoping for a couple quick cautions there. Who would have thought a Busch race here at Richmond would have gone 20 laps at the end caution free, looking at the first half of the race." David Ragan
"I want to be a hero because I had the in-car camera. We had a bad night but we finished another one. I mean, the worst thing you can do is not finish and we finishedâ€¦.I battled everything but the safety car out there. I felt like I got passed by everyone about three times." Marcos Ambrose
Next Up: It's another Friday night show as the Busch Series heads to Darlington Raceway for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. Television coverage can be seen starting at 8:00 PM EDT on ESPN2 on Friday night, May 11th.
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