NASCAR At Richmond 2012 Results: Kyle Busch Caps Strong Weekend With Win

Pulling away from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after a restart with eight laps left in Saturday night's Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Kyle Busch streaked to his fourth straight victory in the spring race at the .75-mile track.

The win was Busch's first of the season and the 24th of his career. Tony Stewart, the race leader before the fifth and final caution for debris in Turn 2, lost ground on the restart and finished third. Denny Hamlin ran fourth, followed by Kasey Kahne.

A caution for Jeff Burton's crash into the Turn 3 wall on Lap 311 interrupted a cycle of green-flag pit stops and scrambled the running order.

Johnson, who came to pit road when the caution flew, was penalized for a tire violation on his pit stop -- after one of his crewmen rolled a tire unattended toward the pit wall -- and had to restart on Lap 319 from the tail end of the field.

That same restart proved disastrous for Edwards, who was black-flagged for jumping the start after he put the power down, in NASCAR's judgment, before reaching the double red restart lines on the outside wall.

Forced to serve a pass-through penalty, Edwards dropped to 15th, 17 seconds behind Stewart. On lap 372, Stewart put Edwards a lap down and pulled away from Busch in second place to a lead of nearly two seconds.

Johnson rallied to finish sixth, but Edwards, who led a race-high 210 laps, had to settle for 10th, after getting back on the lead lap as the free-pass car under the fifth caution of the evening.

Here are the results from Saturday night's NASCAR race at Richmond:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Mark Martin
  9. Brad Keselowski
  10. Carl Edwards
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Juan Pablo Montoya
  13. Paul Menard
  14. Jamie McMurray
  15. Ryan Newman
  16. AJ Allmendinger
  17. Bobby Labonte
  18. Greg Biffle
  19. Kevin Harvick
  20. Landon Cassill
  21. Casey Mears
  22. Marcos Ambrose
  23. Jeff Gordon
  24. Joey Logano
  25. Martin Truex Jr.
  26. Aric Almirola
  27. Regan Smith
  28. Kurt Busch
  29. Dave Blaney
  30. Travis Kvapil
  31. Jeff Burton
  32. David Ragan
  33. David Reutimann
  34. Reed Sorenson
  35. Stephen Leicht
  36. David Gilliland
  37. David Stremme
  38. Josh Wise
  39. Michael McDowell
  40. Cole Whitt
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Mike Bliss
  43. Scott Speed
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