Bad day for some big names
The last thing former Cup champions Matt Kenseth
and Kurt Busch
, mired at 19th and 20th in points heading into the night, needed was another headache.
They got one on Lap 229, when J.J. Yeley
got into the outside wall, triggering an 11-car pileup that ended Busch's night and left Kenseth way back in the field after a lengthy trip to the garage for repairs.
Busch finished 42nd to fall to 24th in points. Kenseth finished 38th to slip to 22nd.
"I had my brakes all locked up," Busch said. "I had nowhere to go. We're just not getting our cars to turn. When you're not getting the car to turn, you're running heavy in the pack.
"We're just not breaking through into that top-5 pack where things are a bit calmer."
Also involved in the crash were Patrick Carpentier
, Jimmie Johnson
, Juan Pablo Montoya
, Michael McDowell
, Johnny Sauter
, David Gilliland
, Regan Smith
and Jeff Burton
took over the points lead from Burton.
Better late than never
Richmond International Raceway ran its string of sellouts to 33 consecutive Cup races on Saturday.
There was concern the streak would end when tickets remained on Friday. Typically, the race is sold out a week ahead of time, by Thursday at the latest.
Drivers and track officials agreed high fuel prices and tough economic times slowed that process.
"Richmond International Raceway is known as a fan favorite, and selling out tonight's race is a testament to the dedication of our fans," RIR president Doug Fritz said. "Even in these tough economic times, our fans at Richmond continue to show they are the most loyal in the industry."