By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
Richmond is a short track that usually doesn't lend itself to fuel mileage races. Tonight it did.
Kyle Busch ran the final 107 laps on a single tank of gas to win the Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond. Denny Hamlin finished second, Kasey Kahne came home third, David Ragan fourth and Carl Edwards, the points leader, finished fifth.
"I learned from Denny Hamlin last fall. I won't say what I learned though," Busch said in Victory Lane. "We did a good job of doing what we needed to do early in the run. Traffic did what it needed to do and got out of the way."
Busch led a race-high 236 laps, earning the maximum 48 points with the win. It was Busch's third straight win in the spring race at Richmond, tying Busch with Richard Petty, who won three straight spring events in Richmond back in 1971-73.
Hamlin, who won his charity race on Thursday night and the Nationwide Series race on Friday night was looking to sweep the weekend. Hamlin is from nearby Chesterfield, Va.
"We just got beat by our teammate," Hamlin said. "We were so equal, but he was better on restarts. He got away from us on the restarts."
Busch dominated the first half of the race, leading 110 of the first 200 laps.
The next 100 laps were chock full of cautions, including spins by Joey Logano, Casey Mears and two by Brad Keselowski.
On the restart after Keselowski's second spin, a seven-car incident collected the cars of Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard, Mark Martin, David Reutimann, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.
Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya, the polesitter, feuded all night. They got together on lap 108 and Montoya received damage to the rear of his car. Montoya spun Newman for the night's third caution on lap 236. Montoya was warned by NASCAR officials to stay away from Newman the rest of the race.
Newman walked to the NASCAR hauler right after the race. Montoya dodged FOX cameras and an attempted interview from Dr. Dick Berggren.
Busch also won at Bristol this year. Seven different drivers have won the first nine races this season.
The race was named after identical twin brothers who served in Afghanistan, Matthew and Daniel. Daniel was killed in action on Valentine's Day in 2009 by a roadside bomb.