NASCAR At Richmond International Raceway: Kyle Busch Takes Checkered Flag

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NASCAR At Richmond International Raceway Results: Kyle Busch Takes Checkered Flag

It was a game of chicken at Richmond International Raceway as drivers on the lead lap gambled with fuel without a caution near the end of the race. Pit strategy reigned supreme and a bevy of nervous drivers hung on and prayed their cars would make it to the end while running on fumes in the 400-lap race.

In the end, it was Kyle Busch who led 237 of the 400 laps and took the checkered flag, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin on the final lap. The two finished just about two seconds apart in the two-horse show down to the wire.

Kasey Kahne and David Ragan battled it out for third, with Kahne edging him by just under a half-second. Carl Edwards rounded out the topfive. Just nine cars finished on the lead lap as the field spread out on the short track at Richmond.

Full results from the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway are as follows:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kasey Kahne
  4. David Ragan
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Clint Bowyer 
  7. AJ Allmendinger 
  8. Jimmie Johnson 
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Brian Vickers 
  11. Joey Logano
  12. Kevin Harvick 
  13. Dave Blaney 
  14. Mark Martin
  15. Greg Biffle 
  16. Jeff Burton
  17. Regan Smith
  18. Jamie McMurray 
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr
  20. Ryan Newman 
  21. Matt Kenseth
  22. Kurt Busch 
  23. Marcos Ambrose
  24. Bobby Labonte 
  25. David Gilliland 
  26. Andy Lally 
  27. Martin Truex Jr.
  28. Casey Mears 
  29. Juan Pablo Montoya 
  30. Travis Kvapil 
  31. David Reutimann 
  32. Ken Schrader 
  33. Tony Raines 
  34. David Stremme 
  35. Robby Gordon 
  36. Brad Keselowski 
  37. Paul Meynard
  38. Landon Cassill 
  39. Jeff Gordon
  40. Michael McDowell 
  41. Mike Skinner 
  42. Joe Nemechek 
  43. J.J. Yeley
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Kasey Kahne Optimistic Second Knee Surgery Will Solve Issues

Everything was going along fine after Kasey Kahne's offseason knee surgeries – he had double knee surgery in the offseason to repair a condition called "Plica syndrome" – until he slipped during post-Daytona workout in February.

"I finished a workout and I slipped off the bench and just my feet kind of gave out," Kahne said Friday.

As it turned out, Kahne re-tore his meniscus and needed to have it repaired – which he did during the recent Easter off-week.

When Kahne slipped after the February workout, his injury hurt so much that he lay on the floor in pain for five minutes before trying to get up.

He knew the recovery time from another surgery would take a while, so he dealt with the pain until the off-week. It particularly bothered him after races, when it would tighten from being in one position for so long.

"You should have seen me at Bristol," he said. "I couldn't even walk for like 10 minutes after the race. It feels better than all that now. It's been only a week – 10 or 11 days – and it already feels better.

"I'm glad I got it fixed. I needed to. I was tired of limping."

Kahne, an avid runner, can only use a bike for now. He said he hopes to return to running in short order.

"Before I (slipped), I was already running four or five miles a day and feeling really good," he said. "I just got to let it heal and not hurt it and it will be fine."

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