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Kyle Busch Wins His Second Grandfather Clock Following Martinsville Sweep

Kyle Busch Wins His Second Grandfather Clock Following Martinsville Sweep

by April 3, 2016 0 comments

RIDEGWAY, Va. – Kyle Busch held off AJ Allmendinger in the closing laps of the STP 500 on Sunday to become the first driver to sweep a NASCAR national series weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The win marks Busch’s first win at the speedway and the 35th of his career. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver now has five top-10 finishes so far this season. He led 352 laps en route the victory, and that’s the most any driver has led at the speedway since Bobby Hamilton (378 laps) in April of 1998.

“Leading as many laps as we did, that was really good for us,” Busch said. “It was a confidence boost for me as well, too, just being up front that much. I’ve never really felt like I’ve had a car to be able to do that in years past, but Adam (crew chief, Stevens) and the guys were able to give that to me this time around. So pumped about the things that I learned here this weekend, let alone the years past or years prior that I was able to learn, and of course my teammates that helped me out a lot here over the years, so to be able to finally put it all together is pretty cool, and take home not one but two Martinsville trophies, Martinsville clocks is pretty awesome.”

Finishing a strong second on Sunday was JTG Daugherty Racing’s AJ Allmendinger. The runner-up finish is only Allmendinger’s seven top-five finish of his 11-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. He has now tied his best finish at the speedway. Allmendinger finished second back in 2012 as well. On Sunday, Allmendinger started six and ran up front all race long.

“Well, I was hoping for one more spot for a culmination,” Allmendinger said. “But, I passed Jimmie Johnson like five times at Martinsville; that’s pretty cool! I can’t thank everybody on this team enough, especially (team owners) Tad and Jodi Geschickter. They put a lot of effort into this team. We weren’t where we wanted to be about six months ago. We brought in so many people who stepped up to embrace their new roles. I can’t thank all our sponsors enough.”

Kyle Larson also had a strong finish this weekend as he crossed the finish line in third. Larson started 17th and battled his way to the top-five. Martinsville Speedway hasn’t been one of Larson’s strongest tracks. In fact, prior to Sunday, his best finish was a 19th that he captured last season.

“We had a really good Target Chevy,” Larson said. “It was really fun this whole weekend to be competitive every time I was on the race track. Normally, I’m very bad here and to finish top 3 feels like a win for me. Never would I have thought that I’d get a top-three here and now I can kind of see a (Grandfather) clock maybe in my future. I had a lot of fun today. We were running in the top 5 and top 7 the whole race. I learned a lot. I spent a lot of time behind Jimmie Johnson and I felt like I just followed his track there and got a lot better throughout the race. Chad (Johnson, crew chief) did a good job taking two tires there at the end we got lined-up on the inside row and we were pretty good there.”

Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski completed the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 in the STP 500 was Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Paul Menard, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman.

Throughout the afternoon, the race had intense action and saw eight cautions for 51 laps. There were also 11 lead changes among five drivers.

Kevin Harvick, who led 72 laps and finished 17th on Sunday leads Jimmie Johnson by four points in the championship point standings. Kyle Busch is third, only five points back from Harvick. Carl Edwards is fourth, 14 points back, and Joey Logano rounds out the top-five, 24 points behind.

Next on the schedule for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 9. Live coverage for the race will broadcast on FOX and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

STP 500 Results:

1.) #18 Kyle Busch

2.) #47 AJ Allmendinger

3.) #42 Kyle Larson

4.) #3 Austin Dillon

5.) #2 Brad Keselowski

6.) #19 Carl Edwards

7.) #14 Brian Vickers

8.) #27 Paul Menard

9.) #48 Jimmie Johnson

10.) #31 Ryan Newman

11.) #22 Joey Logano

12.) #16 Greg Biffle

13.) #41 Kurt Busch

14.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

15.) #20 Matt Kenseth

16.) #10 Danica Patrick

17.) #4 Kevin Harvick

18.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.

19.) #21 Ryan Blaney

20.) #24 Chase Elliott

21.) #23 David Ragan

22.) #5 Kasey Kahne

23.) #1 Jamie McMurray

24.) #95 Michael McDowell

25.) #15 Clint Bowyer

26.) #44 Brian Scott

27.) #6 Trevor Bayne

28.) #38 Landon Cassill

29.) #83 Matt DiBenedetto

30.) #98 Cole Whitt

31.) #13 Casey Mears

32.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

33.) #34 Chris Buescher

34.) #7 Regan Smith

35.) #46 Michael Annett

36.) #32 Joey Gase

37.) #55 Reed Sorenson

38.) #11 Denny Hamlin

39.) #43 Aric Almirola

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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