By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
Kyle Busch dominated early, leading 221 of the first 229 laps in the Heath Calhoun 400 in Richmond on Saturday night. With five to go he pulled away from Jeff Gordon on a restart to win by 0.756 seconds. Jeff Gordon finished second and Kevin Harvick came home third.
"It's just unbelievable to be back in Victory Lane. A lot of people doubted that we could get back here, but we did," Busch said in Victory Lane after the race.
"The 18 was so strong on restarts all night," Gordon said. "He was head and shoulders above everyone all night on restarts."
Busch, the polesitter, was unstoppable early, but got shuffled back midway through the race. Busch came back strong at the end, earning his first win since August of last year. It was the first career win for his crew chief Dave Rogers. Busch celebrates his 25th birthday tomorrow. "We did it last year on my birthday," he said. "This year it's an early birthday present."
Harvick retook the points lead from Jimmie Johnson, unofficially, by ten points. Johnson ended up finishing 10th. Also of note, Marcos Ambrose finished 9th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had tire troubles midway through the race and finished 32nd.
The Sprint Cup Series will race again next Saturday night at Darlington. You can catch that race on FOX19 at 7:30 p.m.