NASCAR Race Rundown: Richmond

Rob RhodesContributor IMay 4, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - MAY 02:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Combos Toyota, celebrates in victory lane with his crew after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Here's a quick rundown of the race in Richmond.


Happy Birthday Kyle

I'm not by any means a Kyle Busch fan, but it was cool to see the guy win on his birthday. It's not officially a NASCAR record, but Kyle is only the second driver in history to win a race on his birthday. Cale Yarborough is the only other driver to do it. Cale did it twice, and I'm sure Kyle will do again.


Surprises in The Top 10

The winner wasn't much of a surprise, but Hornish Jr., McMurray, Mears, and Montoya finishing in the top ten was. It's nice to finally see some of the Open Wheel crossovers have a good run.


Lots of Yellow, No Fights

Although there were a lot of cautions, we didn't see any of the "Saturday night short track fights" we're used to seeing. I think a lot of people were hoping to see the feud between Busch and Earnhardt Jr. continue. Junior did manage to get into Jeff Burton and spin him. Although this time, it wasn't intentional. The race was very exciting, but I miss the days when drivers would get out of the car and beat the crap out of each other. Somebody needs to piss Tony Stewart off so we can get some of that back.


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