Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race at Richmond, his eighth of the season

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RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch took the lead from Carl Edwards during pit stops with just over 30 laps to go and won his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Friday night.

“That final pit stop, my guys really put the pressure on them knowing how good they’d been on pit road all night,” Busch said after his fourth career victory at Richmond International Raceway.

Edwards came back out fourth, and while he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. battled for position, Busch was able to pull away and win by 0.696 seconds.

Busch’s victory was his 51st in the series, the most in history, and came in a race he and Edwards dominated on the 0.75-mile oval. Edwards led 160 laps, Busch 74, including the last 34.

The two Sprint Cup Series regulars have won 14 of the 27 races in the series this year.

While Busch thanked his pit crew for a “flawless job,” Edwards refused to blame his for the issue that caused him to lose three spots after heading for pit road with the lead.

Stenhouse finished third and padded his points lead over Elliott Sadler from 13 to 16 with seven races remaining. Reed Sorenson is third, 29 points back.

Ryan Truex was fourth, followed by Kenny Wallace. The second five was Sadler, Aric Almirola, Sorenson, Justin Allgaier and Joe Nemechek.

Stenhouse, who was running second when the race went back to green with 30 laps to go, thought he could have made a better challenge to Busch, but fell short.

“I thought we had a little bit for Kyle there at the end. It started off really good. We were kind of running him down and then just lost forward grip,” Stenhouse said.

That allowed Edwards to pass Stenhouse, but he, too, ran out of time.

“I wish we had one more caution, got another shot at him,” Edwards said, while also crediting Stenhouse for letting him make a run at the leader.

“He didn’t hold me up when I was coming there at the end,” Edwards said. “Those guys earned it. They got faster all night. We had a little bit of trouble. It is like our car went away just a little bit.”

Danica Patrick, making her eighth start of the season, finished 18th. She clipped Brad Keselowski while passing him on the inside, sending Keselowski into the wall late in the race.

Keselowski, the pole-sitter, was already out of contention and finished 19th.

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