In a rain delayed event that saw mother nature take her toll on Richmond International Raceway Saturday night in the Toyota Owners 400 we finally got going for an early afternoon race.
With Logano starting the day from the pole and the third of this early season with a speed of 127.071 on Friday afternoon over hometown favorite Hamlin who snagged the outside with a speed of nearly a half mile off from Logano at 126.796.
Logano leading a majority of the first 100 laps early in the event taking on challenges from Stewart Haas teammates Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick who finally prevailed following the second caution of the day for Joey Gase getting a little help from Aric Almirola to send him down into the backstretch wall. Following the green flag Busch was able to pull Logano from the lead bringing along Harvick.
Busch taking command of the event fending off a challenge from McMurray for several laps, before making way for McMurray to lead coming to a round of green flag pit stops that hung McMurray a lap down when the caution flag flew for Moffitt blowing a tire out of turn two. Getting the wave around for multiple cars saw Busch reassume the lead over Allagier who didn’t make a stop and Keselowski with a downed cylinder in the car.
Just past the 300 lap mark, McMurray was able to climb back to the bumper of Busch before a string of late race cautions were bought out for Stewart slamming the wall in turn one. This setting up the final 20 plus lap shootout with Busch heading up the line followed by McMurray, Johnson, Harvick, and Logano in hot pursuit.
When the checkered flag fell Kurt Busch rolled into Richmond victory lane with a bit of redemption. Following closely behind him to round out the top five Harvick, Johnson, McMurray, and Logano.
"I have this opportunity because of Gene Haas and everybody that's a part of our family at Stewart-Haas. It's an unbelievable feeling when you pull deep from within, you go through troubles and you know when you're accused of something and things go sideways. Your personal life doesn't need to affect your business life and I'm here in Victory Lane. It feels great to do it at Richmond."NOTE: Since Busch’s return from suspension he’s posted the second most amount of points with 222 just one point back from team mate Harvick’s 223.