Busch wins as Championship Battle Heats Up: The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Review

Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Nationwide Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 9, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR). Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Kyle Busch won.  That's the same as any other week.  But let's look at the other 42 drivers in the race. 

Ricky Stenhouse is becoming one of the most consistant drivers in the Nationwide Series and that's the most important aspect of winning a Championship.  Stenhouse clocked another top five this week.  And he wasn't alone as Ryan Truex has two top fives in two starts with Joe Gibbs Racing.  Truex is making a case for a possible run with Joe Gibbs next season for the 2012 Nationwide Championship.  Both Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorenson notched a top ten, so Stenhouse was not able to pull away as much this week.

Results and More after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 3 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line Toyota 250 Running
2 2 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal/Honoring Our Heroes Ford 250 Running
3 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal/Honoring Our Heroes Ford 250 Running
4 10 20 Ryan Truex Schick Xtreme 3 Toyota 250 Running
5 5 09 Kenny Wallace Federated Auto Parts Toyota 250 Running
6 8 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 250 Running
7 16 88 Aric Almirola Advocare Chevy 250 Running
8 17 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy 250 Running
9 22 31 Justin Allgaier Dollar General Chevy 250 Running
10 15 87 Joe Nemechek D.A.B. Constructors Toyota 250 Running
11 26 62 Michael Annett Freightliner Toyota 250 Running
12 18 19 Mike Bliss Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Chevy 250 Running
13 14 70 David Stremme(i) Foretravel Chevy 250 Running
14 28 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines Chevy 250 Running
15 24 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevy 250 Running
16 7 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 250 Running
17 38 15 Timmy Hill # Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 250 Running
18 32 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com/GetYour.net Chevy 249 Running
19 1 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Ruby Tuesday Dodge 249 Running
20 13 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Rheem Heatinh Chevy 249 Running
21 37 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com Chevy 247 Running
22 39 23 Robert Richardson Jr. North TX Pipe Chevy 247 Running
23 40 52 Kevin Lepage Victory Performance Valves Chevy 246 Running
24 41 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Chevy 246 Running
25 42 39 Luis Martinez Jr. King Taco Chevy 246 Running
26 27 30 Ricky Carmichael(i) Monster Energy Chevy 245 Running
27 35 81 Blake Koch # Daystar.com Dodge 211 Running
28 4 16 Trevor Bayne Fastenal/Honoring Our Heroes Ford 209 Accident
29 11 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 178 Running
30 20 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds Chevy 158 Accident
31 9 1 Jamie McMurray(i) Phoenix Construction Chevy 155 Ignition
32 12 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 145 Accident
33 21 40 Josh Wise Key Motorsports Chevy 69 Oil Pressure
34 25 41 Johnny Chapman Rick Ware Racing Chevy 42 Start and Park
35 30 71 Matt Carter Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 37 Start and Park
36 23 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevy 27 Start and Park
37 36 75 Carl Long Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 24 Start and Park
38 43 42 Tim Andrews Key Motorsports Chevy 9 Start and Park
39 34 48 Dennis Setzer Jay Robinson Racing Chevy 9 Start and Park
40 19 49 Mark Green Acredale Vending Chevy 8 Start and Park
41 31 03 Scott Riggs North TX Pipe Chevy 7 Start and Park
42 33 46 Chase Miller Key Motorsports Chevy 4 Start and Park
43 29 47 Brian Keselowski(i) Key Motorsports Chevy 2 Start and Park

 

Sadler is back 16 points, and Sorenson is back 45 points.  Sadler could leave Chicagoland with the points lead if Stenhouse faulters, Sorenson will need more then one race to get back in the hunt.  It's two early to say Sorenson is done, but he needs some help.  Here's how the top 20 look:

 

Pos Car Driver Points Starts Wins Behind
1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 950 27 2 0
2 2 Elliott Sadler 934 27 0 -16
3 32 Reed Sorenson 905 27 1 -45
4 88 Aric Almirola 882 27 0 -68
5 31 Justin Allgaier 875 27 1 -75
6 38 Jason Leffler 826 27 0 -124
7 09 Kenny Wallace 786 27 0 -164
8 66 Steve Wallace 765 27 0 -185
9 62 Michael Annett 744 27 0 -206
10 11 Brian Scott 736 27 0 -214
11 19 Mike Bliss 656 27 0
12 01 Mike Wallace 630 27 0
13 87 Joe Nemechek 628 24 0
14 16 Trevor Bayne 627 22 0
15 7 Josh Wise 594 25 0
16 51 Jeremy Clements 546 27 0
17 15 Timmy Hill # 517 26 0
18 28 Derrike Cope 455 26 0
19 81 Blake Koch # 452 25 0
20 14 Eric McClure 447 27 0

 

Next week we head to Chicagoland.  Join us later in the week for a preview of the event.  Enjoy!

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