Joe Gibbs Racing continued their dominance at Richmond International Speedway with Kyle Busch’s third straight Crown Royal 400 victory. According to Fox Sports, it was a team effort, as Busch learned a trick from teammate Denny Hamlin that helped him run faster in the race. Busch said, “I learned from Denny Hamlin last fall. I’m not going to say what I learned. He might know, but we did a good job at doing what we needed to do early in the run and once we got and had to go through traffic and stuff like that. Traffic kind of fell our way, so we were able to pick our way through there.”
Busch led the most laps in the race, he led 235 of the 400 laps, and won by almost two seconds over Hamlin. Busch’s teammate regretted telling him his secret. Hamlin said, “Yeah, I opened my mouth. I should have never told him That’s the thing. If I don’t tell him the things I learned on short tracks, and the crew chiefs don’t relay any information, then it’s not a good team.”
Except for Hamlin and Busch, it was a wild night for the drivers in the Crown Royal 400. There were several angry drivers after the race. Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. ripped their teams over the team radio. Truex turned into Donald Trump and said, “They ought to fire every one of you.”. Meanwhile Kurt Busch basically said that his team was an embarrassment.
Then, there was Ryan Newman versus Juan Montoya. On lap 106, Newman and Montoya were battling for position. Newman ended up turning Montoya into the wall, and bringing out the first caution of the race.
Well, Juan was angry with Newman. He wanted revenge. Montoya paid Newman back on lap 236, when he spun Newman for the third caution of the race. NASCAR then warned both drivers to settle down.
The highlight of the night came on lap 300 when Richmond’s version of “The Big One” happened. On a restart, the drivers up front made four-wide in turn two. Four-wide usually does not work at Richmond, and that ended up being the case again. Jeff Gordon was spun by Paul Menard, then Gordon clipped Matt Kenseth, which sent Kenseth in front of the pack. Seven cars ended up getting destroyed in the turmoil.
Richmond provided excitement once again for NASCAR Nation. Next week, fans should expect more of the same at the track “Too Tough To Tame”, Darlington Raceway.