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Chevy Rock & Roll 400 - Richmond International Raceway

Kurt Busch Rocks and Rolls to Victory Lane at Richmond
It was back-to-back Busch wins, Kurt couldn’t let his little brother Kyle show him up after last week’s win in Fontana. While the focus of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway was heavily on those who were battling for the final spots in the Chase for the Championship, Kurt Busch took his scenario a little further than needed. Busch only needed to start the Richmond event in order to clinch his spot in the Chase, not only did he start, he lead the most laps and won the event by a nice comfortable margin of 0.899 seconds to score his 14th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 176th career start and climbed from sixth to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. This is Kurt’s third trip to victory lane in the 2005 season, also posting victories at Phoenix and at the second event at Pocono, while he has also scored 14 top-10 finishes in 26 races this season. Busch led the most laps for the third time in a race this season, also leading the most laps in his wins at Phoenix and Pocono, he lead tonight’s event five times for a total of 185 laps to capture his sixth career short-track victory in 30 career short-track races. Busch gives Ford their 11th victory in this season, while Chevrolet has 13 and Dodge has two. Kurt scored the fourth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Richmond International Raceway, giving Roush his 85th victory as a car owner and 10th in 26 races this season. Roush also had a 1-2-3 finish in the race. Matt Kenseth continued his solid streak by finishing second behind his teammate, scoring his fifth top-10 finish in his last six races. Kenseth climbed from a low of 42nd in the point standings after race No. 1 at Daytona to make the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Greg Biffle gave Roush Racing a sweep of the top-three positions with his third place effort, but that isn’t to say that he did not have his hands full. Biffle had to fight tooth and nail for that spot with Kyle Busch, who challenged Biffle lap after lap, but settled for fourth at the finish line. Rusty Wallace came home in the fifth position and extended a 39-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. As a result of their finishes in the 2005 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, 10 drivers have clinched a spot in the 2005 Chase for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. These 10 drivers will race over the final 10 races of the 2005 season to determine the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million: Tony Stewart (clinched at Michigan), Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle (clinched at Bristol), Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin (clinched at California) and Kurt Busch, Jeremy Mayfield, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman (clinched at Richmond). All five Roush drivers are competing in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and five drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Richmond.

Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· MRN Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Hamilton Jr. Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Jeff Green Notes

Harvick Wins First Richmond Pole Position
Kevin Harvick turned in a fast qualifying lap on the .75-mile Richmond track and held his breath until the “Rocketman,” otherwise known as Ryan Newman, took to the track as the final qualifier on the day and qualified eighth. Harvick was finally able to exhale knowing that he had just won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, with his lap around the Richmond International Raceway in 21.024 seconds, at an average speed of 128.425 mph. Brian Vickers holds track-qualifying record of 20.772 seconds, 129.983 mph, set May 14, 2004. This is Harvick’s first career pole position at Richmond and only his second start better than 20th in 10 Richmond races – both coming this season. He started seventh and finished fifth in the spring race. Harvick now has scored four career pole positions in 168 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. Harvick becomes the fifth repeat Bud Pole winner in the 2005 season, as he also sat on the pole position at Talladega in May. This is his 11th top-10 start this season. Since 1999, there have been 12 different Bud Pole winners in the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Richmond. Greg Biffle posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 21.043 seconds, at an average of 128.309 mph – and will join Harvick on the front row for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. This is Biffle’s fifth top-10 start in seven races at Richmond. Rookie Travis Kvapil qualified in the third position, posting his career-best start in his 29th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Mark Martin will roll off from the fourth spot, while teammate Kurt Busch will start from the fifth place on the starting grid. Three of the drivers not locked in but still eligible for the Chase qualified in the top 10: Jeff Gordon (sixth), Ryan Newman (eighth) and Dale Jarrett (ninth).

 

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