The view from the flagstand was obscured by the smoke of the 15 caution periods at Richmond on Saturday night. Plenty of hard charging action was enjoyed by all at the Crown Royal 400. Now, on to this week's awards.
Checkered Flag: The birthday boy, Kyle Busch, wins the checkers for the third time this year. It was a hard fought victory with crew chief, Steve Addington, making the right calls in the pits, while Busch drove relentlessly to the win. Busch also won the NNS race at Richmond on Friday night for his third win in that series this year.
Green Flags: The two Stewart-Haas Racing Chevys both had top five finishes, with Tony Stewart placing second, and Ryan Newman in fourth. Sudden Sam Hornish had his best NASCAR finish with a sixth.
Yellow Flags: Hornish also wrecked two other drivers who were in the top ten at the time. Dale Earnhardt Jr was involved in a skirmish, and came home 27th, one lap down.
Red Flags: Roush=Fenway Racing did not look good for most of the night, with Jamie McMurray being their only driver to have a top ten run. Jimmie Johnson also didn't have a good race, after winning three of the last four at Richmond, he finished 32 laps behind in 36th.