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Busch Wins at Richmond

“I figured I was going to get the outside (lane on the restart),” Busch said. “So I was just kind of thinking the whole time during the caution flag, the whole weekend everybody was taking the bottom. All I really knew was just to get into turn one smooth and be able to get a good launch up off of turn two to get down the backstretch, then make sure I got into (turn) three without overdriving it. On the previous restart, when I was with (Kevin) Harvick, I kept overdriving, locking up the left front tire into turn three, sliding up the track. I knew if I could get through turn three okay, hammer down off of turn four, get him clear, it would be pretty good. That's what I did.

“Did I have a plan? Was that exactly my plan? No. My plan was just to drive it as hard as I could and make whatever happen, happen. It seemed to work off the cuff.”

The win was also the first for Rogers as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series, as he joined Busch and the No. 18 M&M's Toyota team three races before the end of the 2009 season.

“I'm real proud of our night tonight,” Rogers said. “It would have been great to lead all the laps. But, you know, winning it the way we did is probably more special, a greater lesson to our race team. This isn't the first time that we had a character-building race this year. We've had a lot of races where we just didn't have the car for Kyle, and he's kept his head in the game, we kept working on it, and we've gotten some finishes better than what we deserved. If you look at it, I think that's what it's going to take to compete with the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) year in and year out, try to make a run at the championship. Real proud of the way we won it.”

Busch's JGR teammates – Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano – finished 11th and 16th, respectively.

Gordon finished .755 of a second behind Busch, while Harvick, Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five. Juan Pablo Montoya, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose and Johnson comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were six caution periods for 37 laps, with six drivers failing to finish.

With 10 of 36 races in the books, Busch leads the JGR trio in the championship point standings. He gained two spots to climb to third with 1,358 points and is 109 markers back of new series leader Harvick. Hamlin gained two spots to seventh and has 1,268 points, 199 markers arrears Harvick. Logano fell one spot to 17th and has 1,116 points, 351 markers back.

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the May 8 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 7 p.m.



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