Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kyle Busch dominates Virginia529 College Savings 250; JR Motorsports remains strong

                                         Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

During driver introductions Kyle Busch was treated to the usual mix of loud boos and some cheers, but when it came to race time Busch showed the fans and the other drivers what a dominant win looks like.

Busch started from the pole position and led all 250 laps of The Virginia529 College Savings 250.

For Busch this was the fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series win this season, the fifth time at Richmond and the series-best 67th of his career. This is the second time he has led every lap in a Nationwide Series race, the first coming at Phoenix in 2011 when he led 200 laps after starting from the pole.

"It's been a while, if you think about it," said Busch. "We’ve had a lot of bad luck lately, and it feels good, trying to get some mojo back."

It wasn't long enough for current series leader Chase Elliott, who finished the race in third behind the driver of the No. 5 JR Motorsports driver Kevin Harvick.

"I felt that our car was just a little off from the time we unloaded," Elliott said. "I think from the spring race to now I don't think we got any better."

There were a total of six cautions called during the race, but none offered a significant chance to change the race's outcome, much to the dismay of second-place finisher Kevin Harvick. "Kyle had a much better car and was able to take off on the short runs and get way out there," said Harvick, who thought he might have been able to catch Busch during the final run, if not for the caution.

With eight races to go in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, all eyes are on rookie Chase Elliott who has a 19-point lead in the standings over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith. For Elliott, the effort to win a race and to win a championship are the same.

"If you can go out and to compete to win races the points lead will take care of itself. The way you show up and to go about to give your best effort to win a race, that's the same effort you need to give to win a championship," he said.

The official race results from the Virginia529 College Savings 250 are:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Chase Elliott
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Ryan Blaney
5. Brian Scott
6. Regan Smith
7. Dakoda Armstrong
8. Elliott Sadler
9. Ty Dillon
10. Chris Buescher
11. Dylan Kwasniewski
12. Matt Kenseth
13. Kyle Larson
14. Landon Cassill
15. Trevor Bayne
16. Ryan Reed
17. Cale Conley
18. Brendan Gaughan
19. James Buescher
20. Mike Bliss
21. Jeremy Clements
22. Kelly Admiraal
23. Ryan Sieg
24. Ryan Ellis
25. Will Kimmel
26. Matt DiBenedetto
27. Hermie Sadler
28. Joey Gase
29. Cody Ware
30. Jeff Green
31. J.J. Yeley
32. Jeffrey Earnhardt
33. Josh Reaume
34. Chad Boat
35. John Jackson
36. Morgan Shepherd
37. Jamie Dick
38. Blake Koch
39. Matt Frahm
40. Kevin Lepage