Busch gets win at Richmond
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.