Be thankful that Saturday's race at Richmond International Raceway was completed under a cover of darkness. After starting 20th, Kyle Busch first took the point on lap 90, then led 235 of the remaining 310 laps. It wasn't that pretty, and would have looked even worse in broad daylight.
Busch thoroughly dominated the field at the three-quarter mile track in central Virginia in route to his second win in the first quarter of the season. Busch's JGR teammate, Denny Hamlin was second on Saturday, and won the Nationwide race on Friday.
Kasey Kahne (3) and David Ragan (4) had their best finishes of the year. AJ Allmendinger (7) and Brian Vickers (10) scored top-10s, too. Dave Blaney had a season best finish of 13th just days after his TBR team announced new primary sponsors for the rest of the season.
Once again, Jeff Gordon slammed a concrete wall with the driver's side of his racer. It is amazing that there are still sections of concrete walls on NASCAR's premier tracks that don't have SAFER barriers installed. I'm sure that wall will be corrected before the next race at RIR. NASCAR has perfected the shutting of the barn door.
Juan Montoya slides up, into Ryan Newman, on a short track, blames Newman, and extracts his revenge by dumping Newman later in the race. It's a short track, Juan! Not all contact is malicious. You ruined your night, not Newman. Just remember, Newman won't lift, with 300 laps left, for 10th place.
A black flag for the blue language the drivers were using at RIR? Personally, I don't give a f*** what they say. It livens up a boring race sometimes. But, after Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr (among many others) F-bombed the scanner waves on Saturday, will NASCAR try to censor the boys from having at it verbally?