Busch gets win at Rich­mond

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Kurt Busch dom­i­nated once he took the lead Sun­day and won the rain-de­layed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Rich­mond In­ter­na­tional Race­way.

Busch led 291 of 400 laps on the 0.75-mile oval in Rich­mond, Va., and out­ran Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing team­mate Kevin Har­vick over the fi­nal 12 laps to end a 35-race win­less streak. He passed Joey Logano af­ter 94 laps, stayed in front un­til Jamie McMur­ray passed him af­ter Lap 262, then re­gained the lead un­der cau­tion and never re­lin­quished it. Har­vick fin­ished sec­ond and Jim­mie John­son, who started 36th, ral­lied for third ahead of McMur­ray.

Busch, who won for the 26th time in his ca­reer and likely put him­self into the Chase for the Cham­pi­onship, missed the first three races this sea­son to serve a sus­pen­sion af­ter be­ing charged with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. He was re­in­stated af­ter a dis­trict at­tor­ney in Delaware de­clined to press charges.

“It’s an un­be­liev­able feel­ing when you pull deep from within and you go through trou­bles and you know, when you’re ac­cused of some­thing and things go side­ways, your per­sonal life doesn’t need to af­fect your busi­ness life,” he said.

Josef New­gar­den held off Gra­ham Ra­hal to win the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in Birm­ing­ham, claim­ing his first Indy­Car Se­ries victory a few hours from his home­town of Hen­der­son­ville, Tenn. Ra­hal slipped past Scott Dixon on the fi­nal lap, giv­ing Amer­i­can driv­ers a 1-2 fin­ish.

Ron Capps scored his sec­ond funny car victory this sea­son, beat­ing team­mate Jack Beck­man in the fi­nal at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNa­tion­als at Bay­town, Texas. Capps’ 44th ca­reer victory moved him into sec­ond place be­hind John Force in the di­vi­sion. Doug Kalitta won in top fuel, Erica En­ders-Stevens in pro stock.

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