Busch appears to have made up that distance with some room to spare. And he won the fall race here past year. It was his first pole position in 25 starts at Richmond Raceway and third of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season.
"It's nice to tie a Hall of Famer and climb the ladder of wins, " Busch said.
"And it came down to a late-race restart". "I mean, the last thing you want to do is come here and kind of get embarrassed, not run well, especially when you know what you need out of your race vehicle".
The balance of the top-12 qualifiers were: Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Jamie McMurray, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
After a thrilling third-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500, Hamlin's season has largely vacillated between near-misses and lost opportunity.
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The race was a two-driver show up front for most of the day, as Denny Hamlin (189) and Martin Truex Jr.
Surely we weren't going to get all the way to the end of a 400-lap race without at least one caution for an incident, right? Ty Dillon 32. Kyle Busch 33.
It's the furthest back in the pack any driver has ever come to win a race at Richmond. "I wondered if I'd come out alive". With this in mind, we will take a much more conservative approach in order to protect our acquired profits. I saw a lot of yellow (the color of his M&M's Camry) at the front fence line and I saw a little bit of black, which was the (Cup) championship jacket back in (2015).
"I think we have to continue to be realistic with ourselves". "We did it a couple years ago, and now I don't know if you can shoot for four in a row".
"We've been getting better, for sure, over the course of the past handful of weeks", said Elliott. Overall, he is a four-time victor at Richmond and has an average finish of 7.4 at the track. At a venue where the number of wrecks for caution and debris can often be 10 or more, there was not a single one for either in that period.
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"I think it's easier to win the Powerball than to win at Talladega", Busch joked.
"I think the difference for us tonight was just the adjustments (to the car)", Busch said.
"It wasn't ideal by any means, but the guys gave me a great race vehicle". But trouble with a jack on a pit stop with 30 laps left dropped him back and ultimately to a 14th-place finish.
"I feel pretty good", Truex told FS1 after qualifying.
"I have not - we are not 15th and we do not have the points that we were penalized for", Elliott said. Chase Elliott qualified second (123.621 mph) with Joey Logano third (123.581). But for now, Busch has moved ahead of everyone, Harvick included, and his recent numbers draw comparisons to some of Jimmie Johnson's. Busch seems to be shaping up for another top finish today. "I thought last week was really probably our best effort as a company", Elliott said. "I wouldn't say we're at that point yet". In 1973, David Pearson scored four victories in nine races with Richard Petty taking three.More news: Governor Dayton Proclaims Saturday "Prince Day" in Minnesota