Kyle Busch had an impressive victory at Richmond this weekend in the Nationwide Series having led every single lap of the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race at Richmond International Roadway. This was his fourth victory of the season and his 67th overall. He has not been up to standard recently with a selection of bad luck and he admitted afterwards that it was great to be back in the winning seat. He said that it would get him in the mood for his Sprint Cup race and prepare him for the Chase after that.
This week’s Sprint Cup was the last race of the season where drivers could qualify for the final set of races called The Chase. It was hoped by many that it would be an exciting battle between those fifteen drivers that had enough points to qualify but had not made that all important race win in order to get there. As this year’s drivers need at least one race win as well as enough points to get through. Thirteen drivers have already qualified but there were still three places up for grabs.
However, Brad Keselowski took advantage of his pole position and managed to dominate the race for three quarters of it and gave no one else a chance of winning the race. Afterwards he said that his car was just flying. The victory sees him going in to the Chase as the top seed. Afterwards there was a photograph take of all of the qualifiers, although Jimmie Johnson was missing as he suffered dehydration and after his eighth place finish he had to be taken for medical treatment.
In the end it was Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman who qualified for the Chase as the highest points winners who had not won a race. They were already at the top of the standings for this anyway. The other contenders are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwrads, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola and AJ Allmendinger.