Sunday, May 3, 2009

Track Funk Race Recap

As you shake off the track funk from Richmond and head to Darlington (Darlynn-ton!), here is what you missed if you chose to drink one too many Mint Juleps at the Kentucky Derby before watching the race.

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It's getting hard for even the most cynical fan to hate Kyle Busch as he wins the 2009 Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway. This is his 3rd win of 2009 and the 15th of his career. He makes the records book as the youngest driver ever to reach 15 Cup wins, claiming this honor on his 24th birthday. Kyle also swept the weekend by winning the Nationwide Series Race on Friday Night.The rest of the top 10 shakes out like this:

#14 - Tony Stewart
#31 - Jeff Burton
#39 - Ryan Newman
#5 - Mark Martin
#77 - Sam Hornish Jr.
#26 - Jamie McMurray
#24 - Jeff Gordon
#07 - Casey Mears
#42 - Juan Pablo Montoya

There were 15 cautions, tying the caution record at Richmond. There were 21 lead changes among 8 leaders:

Lap Leaders
Brian Vickers (1-16, 8-22)
Jeff Gordon (7, 23-72, 97-98, 309-351)
Denny Hamlin (73-95, 101-116, 124-144,152-213, 249-274)
Kurt Busch (96, 145-151)
Ryan Newman (99-100, 236-248, 275-299,303-307)
Clint Bowyer (117-123)
Martin Truex Jr. (214-235)
Kyle Busch (300-302, 308, 352-400)

Unofficial Standings, Results and a lap by lap recap are available at Stay tuned next week as Kyle Busch will try to make two-fer by defending his trophy at the Southern 500 presented by Go Daddy in Darlington. The race takes place Saturday, May 9th and will be broadcasted on Fox going green at 7:35pm.

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