Kyle Busch led the first lap and the last and every lap in between.
Busch completely dominated Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway, leading all 250 laps while easily holding off rookie Chase Elliott for the victory.
The win is Busch’s fourth Nationwide Series victory of the season and 67th of his career.
The last driver to lead every lap in a series race? That would be Busch, who led all 200 laps in a win at Phoenix in February 2011.
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“Good car, good decisions and good execution,” said Busch. “I’m pretty pumped about being back in Victory Lane at Richmond – it’s been a while if you think about it.
“I’ve had a lot of bad luck lately. It was good to get back on track and try to get some of my mojo back.”
So, what was Busch’s winless streak? A whopping eight starts.
The biggest challenge to Busch’s dominance came on Lap 226 when a caution was displayed for debris in Turn 2. All of the lead-lap cars pit for fuel and tires and Busch was first off pit road to maintain the lead.
On the restart on Lap 233, Elliott got around Kevin Harvick to briefly challenge Busch for the lead but Busch quickly put distance between himself and the rookie.
“I’m really proud of our effort tonight. I’m disappointed I couldn’t get to Kyle,” said Elliott, the series points leader. “We came up just one spot short.
“There were times I thought we had our car driving OK and maybe needed just a little bit of speed or a little bit of grip.
Harvick finished third, Ryan Blaney was fourth and Brian Scott was fifth. Elliott holds a 19-point lead over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith in the series standings.
Harvick was actually making progress narrowing Busch’s lead while running in second before the final caution – one of the few drivers to visibly gain ground on Busch during the race.
“Kyle had a much better car and could take off on the short runs and really get out there,” Harvick said. “After about 30 laps, we would start to make some serious headway.”