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Richmond Crown Royal 400 - Race results

Kyle Busch just seems made for Richmond, and for the third year in succession he won the Crown Royal Presents 400 event after holding off his team mate Denny Hamlin to the flag.
Kyle Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Denny Hamlin stormed to the front of the field during an opening green flag stint of 107 laps, and from then on put in a cagey performance that included Busch leading for a remarkable 235 of the 400 laps before requiring careful fuel conservation to get them to the end of an 86 lap green flag finish to the race.

Kyle even managed to run out of gas during his traditional post race burn-outs. "We were late to the celebration," admitted Busch after having to get a push into victory lane. By contrast, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was unable to stretch his fuel and needed a late stop that dropped him two laps off the lead and down to 19th place by the chequered flag.

The midsection of the race was marked by Martin Truex Jr. taking the lead and then a series of cautions, the first of which was triggered by Jimmie Johnson spinning Joey Logano on lap 256. Jeff Gordon retired after heavy impact with the wall on lap 300 and Juan Montoya and Ryan Newman were given an official warning after engaging in an ongoing series of incidents and retaliations.

Busch, who turns 26 on Monday, has now won the Crown Royal Presents 400 at Richmond three years in a row, and becomes only the second driver (alongside Kevin Harvick) to win more than one race so far in 2011. It's Kyle's 21st Sprint Cup series victory in total, and Joe Gibbs Racing's 90th; and Busch's number of laps led so far this year (719) is over twice that of any of his rivals. The win also helps boost him back up to third in the championship, after a difficult outing at Talladega saw him involved in a crash that had resulted in him slumping to sixth in the points.

Race results

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 400 laps 3:08:55.000s (48/5 pts)
2. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 400 laps + 1.805s (43/1 pts)
3. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 400 laps + 11.066s (42/1 pts)
4. #6 David Ragan Ford 400 laps + 11.371s (40/0 pts)
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 400 laps + 16.379s (40/1 pts)
6. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 400 laps + 19.716s (39/1 pts)
7. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 400 laps + 21.771s (37/0 pts)
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 400 laps + 22.715s (36/0 pts)
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 400 laps + 23.416s (35/0 pts)
10. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 399 laps + 1 lap (34/0 pts)
11. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 399 laps + 1 lap (33/0 pts)
12. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (32/0 pts)
13. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (31/0 pts)
14. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (30/0 pts)
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 399 laps + 1 lap (29/0 pts)
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (29/1 pts)
17. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (27/0 pts)
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 399 laps + 1 lap (26/0 pts)
19. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 398 laps + 2 laps (25/0 pts)
20. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 398 laps + 2 laps (24/0 pts)
21. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 398 laps + 2 laps (24/1 pts)
22. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 397 laps + 3 laps (22/0 pts)
23. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 397 laps + 3 laps (21/0 pts)
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 397 laps + 3 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #34 David Gilliland Ford 397 laps + 3 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 397 laps + 3 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 397 laps + 3 laps (18/1 pts)
28. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 396 laps + 4 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 395 laps + 5 laps (16/1 pts)
30. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 395 laps + 5 laps (0pts)
31. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 395 laps + 5 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 394 laps + 6 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #37 Tony Raines Ford 393 laps + 7 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 393 laps + 7 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 393 laps + 7 laps (9/0 pts)
36. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 388 laps + 12 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 385 laps + 15 laps (7/0 pts)
38. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 360 laps + 40 laps (0pts)
39. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 300 laps Accident (6/1 pts)
40. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 134 laps Electrical (4/0 pts)
41. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 61 laps Rear Gear (0pts)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 40 laps Brakes (0pts)
43. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 38 laps Electrical (1/0 pts)




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Juan Montoya led the first 25 laps of the Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway before being passed by Clint Bowyer. [Picture Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images]
Kyle Busch celebrates winning the Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway. [Picture Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, is involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS, qualified fifth Friday, July 4, 2014 for Saturday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Johnson is 2nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Kroger/P&G Chevrolet, lead the field on a late restart during the NASCAR Nationwide Series John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 at Kentucky Speedway on June 27, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, left, talks with Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway on June 27, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 26, 2014 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota, slides his car after contact with Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brendan Gaughan, driver of the #62 South Point Chevrolet, leads Sam Hornish, Jr., driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, through a turn during the Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville race at Road America on June 21, 2014 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, qualified third Saturday, June 21, 2014 for Sunday`s Nascar Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sanoma, California. Larson is 8th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS, races to win Sunday, June 15, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. It was Johnson`s third win of the year and first at Michigan International Speedway.  He is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. With him is Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, who finished thirteenth. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS, celebrates his win with a burnout Sunday, June 15, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. It was Johnson`s third win of the year and first at Michigan International Speedway.  He is second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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